23 January 2011

A Dazzlingly Red Beignet



It's official. I'm in love with this pattern. It's such a delight to make. Easy to get the fit right. Extremely versatile (see my denim version* and other stitchers' projects). Oh so comfortable. And it looks pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

The only tricky part was attaching the lining to the facing, which involves pinning a convex curve to a concave curve going the other way... wait, no, was it two convex curves...? My brain hurts just thinking about it. In any case, you could always omit the lining if you want an easy project.



I used bright red gabardine (yes, it really is that bright in real life!) leftover from the Hollywood Starlet dress, peppermint lining left over from the Betty Draper Suit, and red cotton poplin from my stash for the facings. You might recognise the bow belt as one I made earlier... or if you haven't seen it before, here's a tutorial if you want to make your own. And I already had the pattern so the only money I spent was on the self-cover buttons. Bargain!


* Oh that reminds me! The other day someone called my denim version "a Chloe rip off". Now, I don't know who this Chloe character is and what she thinks she's playing at, but she's clearly ripped me off, not the other way round!

[Soundtrack: 'Lonely Weekends' by Charlie Rich]

58 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous, Tilly! Well done! :)

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  2. Beautiful, Tilly! I've been tossing up whether to buy that pattern or not, but I'm starting to think it's worth it! I hope you get lots of wear out of it :)

    Just saw that you had prints by Matou en Peluche - I have one (the Constant Reader, I think it's called) hanging over my sewing space too!

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  3. I think I need to get this pattern now. I love both of your versions. You look fantastic in your cute new skirt. Love it.

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  4. this is great! come payday, I may need to invest in this pattern :) xx

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  5. oh its gorgeous!i think i will have to start with sewing lessons soon, because i want one of these skirts!

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  6. It's lovely, really bright and cheerful so perfect for dull winter weather. An extra bonus that you could use stashed fabric too.

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  7. It looks gorgeous Tilly, love the denim one too! About the Chloe thing, they probably mean the designer that does bags clothes etc. Well jokes on them cos collete patterns has definitely been around longer, making Chloe the one ripping off designs!

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  8. I love your skirt, it's so nice! This whole outfit is so chic!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  9. It's gorgeous and you look stunning on it!

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  10. Love it, love it, love it! The photographs are fabulous - a nautical lady with a twinkle in her eye, taking afternoon tea. I'm really going to have to get this pattern.

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  11. I LOVE this! It's perfect...the photos are great! It works perfectly with your bow belt and I love the lining as well! Major win!

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  12. This is SOooOo great! I love the covered buttons and bow belt details. Looks well made and classy :)

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  13. Well it doesn't look easy but it does look fabulous! The belt and buttons really make it.

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  14. Gasp, Love it. Especially teamed with the Breton stripe and bow belt. (You could make one of those for every Beignet you make!) I have resolved to wear more skirts this year. I stepped right out of my comfort zone the other day to wear one, and in fact felt really great in it. So easy to get bogged down wearing the same styles. This looks like a perfect pattern to wean me off trousers and back onto skirts. Woo hoo. Thanks Tilly! (Was wondering what you'd been up to!)
    Px

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  15. Perfect! Every time I see this sewn up I wonder why i don't own the pattern already... x

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  16. That's a cute outfit. Love the skirt. Love.

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  17. Ooo! This is lovely. You've inspired me to add a skirt like that to my list of projects for my spring wardrobe.

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  18. It looks excellent and really suits you and the colour is awwwwesome! And someone called your denim skirt a rip off? I didn't realize Chloe had a patent on denim skirts. Sheeesh.

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  19. It's absolutely GORGEOUS Tilly, dare I say it, I prefer it even to the denim one which I also loved. The colour, the lining, the covered buttons, the bow belt, all just perfect. LOVE the pic of you with the scarf casually knotted at a jaunty angle! Jane x
    PS. Hasn't your hair grown long?!

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  20. This looks fantastic and the colour is gorgeous!

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  21. BEAUTIFUL. Love it. The colours are gorgeous, so striking. I think I'll have to add this pattern to my 'to do' list. xx

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  22. What a great color! I so want to get this pattern!

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  23. Lovely skirt! To think that you've made this awesome garment from leftovers, you're an inspiration!

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  24. Really nice! And you look beautiful in red...

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  25. Fantastic - really love it with the bow too! Great photos and styling, and extra cute scarf!

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  26. Love the bow & buttons - so pretty on you!

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  27. Forget the skirt, I'm just having dimple envy (although the skirt is very lovely too).

    Florence x

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  28. Love it! Love the top, ADORE the scarf!

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  29. This is so pretty! Have you worn it out yet? I bet you will get a ton of compliments.

    Re: the Chloe skirt, were they being mean?! B/c I'd take that as a compliment. Chloe clothes cost $$$$$. What a strange comment...

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  30. Looks gorgeous! I really love this pattern ot sure why I haven't made it myself yet. The blue lining is a great contrast :-)

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  31. Lovely!! I definitely am going to make another beignet using gabardine - I love how it sits.

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  32. It's a(nother) gorgeous skirt Tilly! Well done!

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  33. I'm convinced that this skirt won't suit my body shape, but every time I see a new version of it, it makes me think twice. Might just have to try it and see. This latest version on yours is stunning!

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  34. That is gorgeous! I want to make another beignet in a better fabric. Last time I used a cotton drill and it wrinkles after two minutes of wearing it. I love that you added the bow belt. It looks gorgeous.

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  35. I'm in love with your new skirt! It looks like I need to pick up that pattern stat!

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  36. Love it!! What a great twist, using the bow belt instead. The covered buttons are adorable too!
    I also love the skirt and keep meaning to make a second version myself. It's a fantastic pattern, I agree!

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  37. So sweet! I love the bow- extra cute :)

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  38. Love this skirt. You must be an expert at button holes now!!!

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  39. So pretty Tilly! Beautiful bright red :-)

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  40. A Beignet with a bow is a must! I love your red version, and I'm determined to try out Colette's Beignet pretty soon. You are ever-so inspiring!

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  41. Ilove your skirt, so pretty!
    kisses xx

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  42. Aw Tilly it's so gorgeous, and you are super cute in these pictures too, actually a babe!

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  43. wow this is gorgeous! You are exteremley talanted! I'd love to do things like this :) X

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  44. Love the skirt! Everytime I see you post about beignet it makes me want to pull it to the top of my 'to do' pile. Must. finish. other. projects...

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  45. Beautiful colour! Looks dazzling. Just a wee bit daunted by all those buttonholes...

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  46. So stunning! As someone who is always a sucker for red clothes, I love the Beignet in red! Hmm... I actually think I have some red twill in my stash right now. Oh dear--another project is starting to brew in my imagination! ;)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  47. Gorgeous! I am in love with Beignet too. Such a a great pattern!

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  48. Tilly, did you check out the giveaway winners on my blog....;)
    I can't seem to extract your email address from your profile. I'm not set up for Outlook.

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  49. Beautiful, so beautiful it makes me covetous! Love the way you styled it too.

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  50. I love the bow belt, what a clever touch! Just found your blog today, I'm really enjoying it.

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  51. Hello there, I love your stuff! This skirt is beautiful. I'm getting ready to make one for myself, so I have a couple questions for you. (Because I'm desperate to get sewing after seeing yours!) I have some great coral poly poplin...

    - Do the covered buttons hold up well in the washer and dryer?

    - My waist is really a 6 or 8, but my hips are closer to a 10. What size would you suggest? Or should I make it on a 8 waist with 10 hips? Do you think there is enough ease in the hip to make just the 8?

    Thank you SO much for listening! I found your blog through Colette, and I will be coming back often.

    Happy sewing!
    xx Apphia

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  52. Hi Apphia

    The Beignet measurements are pretty accurate, so I'd draw a line between the 8 waist and 10 hips. You could always take it in if it's too big.

    So far the fabric covered buttons have held up well. I went for plastic ones so they won't rust.

    Hope this helps!

    Tilly

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  53. Thanks for getting back with me, Tilly! Can't wait to start on my skirt...

    xx apphia

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  54. I love this version (and the denim one too!) Thank you for the inspiration. :)

    Surely the Chloe comment was complimentary (meaning "knockoff" and not "ripoff" which sounds worse)? In any case, whoever said Colette patterns had been around longer...nope. The Chloe design house was founded before Sarai was even born (back in the 50s I think?) But I do remember when I was little, back in the 70s, that Chloe was BIG. My sister (who was a teenager then) even wore the perfume. Maybe there is a denim 70s skirt by Chloe? Hmmm.

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