Those daffodils might be popping out but it is still thick tights weather here in the UK so there is plenty of time to wear my new Tilly and the Buttons Ness Skirt with a matching Linden Sweatshirt.

I really enjoyed making this fly front skirt. I was so in love with the Cotton Canvas Fabric when it arrived. It is the ideal weight for this pattern. You could go thicker but this is really comfortable.

I made it in one hour stages, taking my time and not over stretching myself at each sitting. I pre-washed the fabric because it was cotton and could shrink. Next, I overlocked each piece after cutting, this avoided any fraying and made a really professional finish at the end.

I have made jeans in the past but have always been confused with pattern instructions for a zip fly (sheepishly admitting to making up previous attempts as I went along) but the photographic instructions made it completely clear to me for the first time ever. I will refer to this in the future when I make another pair of jeans. I did the fly in one sitting and then walked away with an inflated ego.

The top stitching was also enjoyable. I chose to use matching thread but a denim version with a bright thread would be very classy too. This belt is a little too skinny but now I have a reason to keep my eyes peeled for the perfect belt.

The waistband and hip ratio was just right for me, no sagging at the back. I didn't have to make a sway back adjustment which I normally do. The skirt is really comfortable to wear - I think it will make an appearance throughout the seasons so it was time well invested on a very classic design.

I really love the Ness Skirt pattern and this wonderful canvas fabric, I hope you do too. Jo xx