This month for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I have made the Tilly and the Buttons Miette Skirt, which is a 70s inspired wrap skirt. I’ve always fancied making this skirt, and my friend Nicola very kindly let me borrow the pattern from her. I always envisaged making the skirt in denim, and when I came across the Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Denim Studio’ Collection, I found myself swooning over the red Chambray Fabric. The shade I chose is called ‘Cherry Crimson’.

The fabric is lovely to work with. As it is a chambray it is quite light, but it’s pretty perfect for this skirt. Turning the waist ties through would have been much trickier with a heavier fabric. It’s great that this fabric doesn’t have a right or wrong side, or even right way up: it certainly makes the waistband and waist ties easier to construct.

I used some of Minerva’s woven iron-on interfacing for the waistband, which I had leftover from a previous project. This is my favourite type of interfacing as it is proper fabric with a grain line, and it feels much better quality than the non-woven types.

Other than the fabric, interfacing and thread, I didn’t need much else at all to make this skirt! The construction is simple enough, and as usual Tilly’s instructions are very clear and well presented. I made the skirt in a couple of evenings. It took slightly longer than I thought it would, but it was really easy. A beginner could definitely give this a whirl!

One of the best things about the skirt design in my opinion is the pockets. They look great, but to be perfectly honest they don’t look quite as good when you put stuff in them as they make the skirt hang a bit funny. However, I’m pretty sure as soon as I start wearing the skirt in real life rather than just for posing in, I won’t give a hoot how the pockets hang and my phone and keys will be in there for the school run!

Thank you to Minerva for the lovely fabric and thread, to my friend Nicola for lending me the pattern, and to my friend Dawn for being my professional photographer.