5 July 2010

A 1970s feel Beignet



Here she is! My favourite sewing project so far, Beignet skirt from Colette Patterns. I made it in a gorgeous bright blue denim that I found on my shopping trip with Debi, a denim which made me think of the 1970s (in a good way) and went wonderfully with amber-yellow accents. As I've come to expect from Colette Patterns, the instructions are refreshingly clear and the pattern a joy to work with. The only thing I'd say - as some other bloggers have noticed with these patterns - is that I needed nowhere near as much fabric as it said I would. In fact, I barely used half of what the instructions told me I'd need.


I learnt that denim is really easy to work with, once I'd invested in some sturdy needles. But once I'd applied the facing, the skirt became really bulky, not to mention very blue. I started thinking to myself, "Next time I make this, I'll use a contrast cotton for the facing," and "When I become a more experienced seamstress, I'll think about these details ahead". And then something happened which I can't really explain - with uncharacteristic patience, I proceeded to unpick the whole facing, unpick the side seams, unpick the pockets, layout the pattern pieces on some leftover fabric from my first sewing project, cut them all out again, and go through the whole process of sewing the facing and pockets all over again. I really don't know what came over me, but I am so happy with the result!




[Soundtrack: 'Band on the Run' by Wings - the band The Beatles could have been...]

42 comments:

  1. It's totally gorgeous.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  2. Ooh I love it! Love your choice of buttons, and the yellow belt is such a nice touch.
    I have this skirt nearly finished except for the buttons, all those buttonholes are scary...

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  3. So lovely, I love the skirt! You're so sweet and little Tilly, love your blog and wish I could make my own clothes sigh!

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  4. OH! I love it! It looks fantastic and the facing really makes the skirt! Great job!!!

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  5. It's gorgeous! The denim gives the Beignet a whole new feel, definitely more casual 70s. :) So versatile!

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  6. Cute outfit!! I love the yellow buttons!

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  7. gorgeous! love the contrast and amber buttons. when you put time and effort into version one and mess up regardless, it doesn't matter how experienced you are, you either give up or carry on. great that you pressed on with this as you have a lovely, versatile skirt that will probably be with you for a long time.

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  8. Oh so adorable Tilly. I absolutely love it. Love the accents you added. It was worth all the extra effort. That's what I love about sewing. The world is at our command (or scissors).

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  9. That is a fantastic outfit! The T and your accessories are absolutely perfect with the skirt. Nice sewing!

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  10. Great Beignet! Love the whole 70ies vibe, and you did a great job with the facing. Good colors together! I´ve got a Beignet cut as well so there´ll be a whole bunch of them in the SESA. Great work! :-)

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  11. wow, those buttons are great. The colour suits you to a tee! perfect :-)

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  12. wonderful outfit all together. the skirt is super cute!

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  13. Looks absolutely lovely! All those buttonholes terrify me, but it looks as though you did a great job. Really like the denim vibe.

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  14. Oh this is so cute. I love the colour combination so much. I think the extra work really paid off. It's such a cute skirt.

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  15. That is lovely! I still struggle with the a-line-ness of the Beignet - I somehow want it to be a "wiggle" - but I can't deny that your version is really cute! I love the contrast buttons and facings.

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  16. Your skirt is gorgeous!!! Such a great colour denim, and great colour combo. So...what are you going to make with the remainder of your denim??!!

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  17. Love the contrast fabric and buttons that you have used - it makes it really unique! Great job!

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  18. How wonderfully & whimsically pretty!

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  19. Lovely skirt! And the contrasting facing fabric looks great. It was definitely worth all the unpicking :)

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  20. what a great blog.
    i keep finding these blogs that make me want to get the sewing maching fixed/replaced and actually finish something for once!
    you seem to have a natural talent for this, or is it all hard work?

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  21. The skirt is super-cute!
    I am very impressed with your patience in taking it apart to make changes, the result is lovely! Personally, I tend to put a sewing project away when it needs too much seam-ripping. I'm learning not to be so afraid of my seam-ripper! =)

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  22. It's super nice! The demin colour looks amazingly nice. The beignet sure is a hit! Great details, and congrats on that unpicking patience...

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  23. Lovely!! I just made this pattern, too, and I totally agree about the thick fabric, especially at the waistband. Next time I'm totally disregarding the pressing instructions and opening up ALL the seam allowances because pressing everything to one side gets really bulky.

    But seriously, if you wears yours even half as often as I do mine, you'll get your money's worth!

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  24. You are utterly adorable! The skirt looks fantastic and suits your body type very well.

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  25. I love that! Very cute. This is my first time visiting your blog, but it seems the skirt really suits your style.

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  26. Looks fantastic. I wish I had thought to unpick and replace the facing on mine, the thick cotton twill I used doesn't make it a great summer skirt, oh well I'll just have to try again.

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  27. AWESOME! I love it and your shoes. Congrats on discovering a previously unknown source of patience! And to answer your question, I will be moving to Brighton, making blogger meetups with London based folks such as your goodself eminantly viable! Hurrah! Can't wait.... xxx

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  28. You did an execellent job. I really like it. Keep up the good work, I love your posts!

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  29. Completely lovely - the facing is gorgeous, as are the shoes. x

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  30. it is fantastic - I love it!

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  31. Hi Tilly, I hope I didn't scare you on the tube last night! What a funny coincide and I'm glad I felt brave enough to come and say hello!

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  32. Love your Beignet, I'm almost finished with a turquoise Beignet and my boyfriend thought I should put yellow buttons on it! I already had buttons that matched the fabric perfectly otherwise I would have!

    Cute outfit you put together too!

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  33. Love these clothes ♥

    Niky
    http://fakeeyelashess.blogspot.com

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  34. wow and you look gawjas in it!!! I am getting me one of those!!

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  35. I just went over to colettes website to check out the pattern and your one is actually even nicer than their sample!!

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  36. Gorgeous. I love the yellow buttons, but the whole picture is lovely. Great job!

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  37. This very cute, I love that you used print fabric for the facing, great job !

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  38. Oh, it's wonderful. This is exactly the Beignet I want to make when my sewing skills get to that point ;)

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  39. How cute! I love it almost as much as the Alan Partridge reference!

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