Sunday, 6 March 2011

Banana Sweetie Skirt



Here is my third version of Beignet, which for some reason reminds me of foam bananas, my favourite sweeties (yum yum). I used a soft and relatively lightweight corduroy for the shell, the last scraps of my very first fabric purchase for the facings, and a shiny poly-something-or-other for the lining. I got the buttons from Walthamstow market, I think they were 20p each.



The skirt is nice and snuggly for the freezing weather we're having in London but bright enough for the onset of Spring (whenever it decides to grace us with its presence).

I now have a version of this skirt in all three primary colours:


 

version 3

I won't go on again about how much I love this pattern, but I would like to reiterate how little fabric it requires. The instructions say that, with 150 cm width fabric, you'll need 2.5 yards / 230 cm for the shell, but I only used 65 cm! Bear in mind I used a different fabric for the facings, but not very much of that either.


Alright, I'll give this pattern a rest for a while and make something different next. But be warned, it won't be the last you see of it!

[Soundtrack: 'Norwegian Wood' by The Beatles]

53 comments:

  1. Your versions of this skirt are so beautiful I might have to order the pattern and make one for me.

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  2. You look adorable as always. I've had no time to sew or read sewing blogs lately, and I miss it! Your photos are inspiring me to carve out some time to create new outfits. :)

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  3. Lovely! I'm also working on a cord Beignet at the minute too.

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  4. I love that skirt, you look so nice! The buttons are so pretty, and the personalised label is so cute!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  5. Beautiful! Each of your versions is lovely. I'm going to have to add this to the list! What's needlecord to sew with?

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  6. Love all of your skirts! I got this pattern a while back and after seeing how wonderful your versions are I need to make one myself.

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  7. It's gorgeous Tilly, I love the colour and fit. Good work, I must attempt a second version if I can just get past my button block! x

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  8. Lovely! The buttons are fun on this version, although i think the red one is my favorite.

    I've got a beignet done, but am struggling with the buttons. The ones I chose were too heavy and caused ripples, so I have to find alternate buttons that will fit in the already-there buttonholes.

    I LOVE the potential for contrasting facings with this pattern! I used fuchsia wool with yellow polka dot facings - so fun!

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  9. SOOOOO Beautiful!! Absolutely love the buttons!

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  10. Yes, yes, yes. Another GORGEOUS Beignet. (and it is, btw) But, gah! Oh to have a wall to wall bookcase! Am I sad or what!
    Px

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  11. Gorgeous skirt, I love the facing pattern too! But I'm afraid I just drooled over the wall to wall bookcase - awesome!

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  12. Another fabulous version. I love that cord. And Walthamstow buttons - woohoo!

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  13. I love all your Beignets. Impossible to choose between them!

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  14. Just lovely! Do you have a favourite of the three? I know I can't choose between them ;o)

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  15. Very nice! You have the fit perfect.

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  16. This version is adorable. I love how fun the inside is.

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  17. Lol, it's totally foam banana colour! Brilliant! And those buttons are a perfect match for it. Now where can I get me some sweets on a Sunday afternoon...

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  18. I really have to learn how to make button holes so I can make this skirt. Also, I am extremely envious of your giant wall of books.

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  19. All look gorgeous - I don't think I could decide which colour to wear each morning!

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  20. Lovely! You're ready for spring! A beignet for every season! :)

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  21. All three color versions are nice. I love when you find a pattern that fits great and you can sew up in no time.

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  22. Just gorgeous! I love the yellow to will on spring's arrival! Must get round to making this pattern - it looks great. x

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  23. Your Beignet's are all great :) And, I humbly suggest that you eventually make your way through all the 7 colours in the rainbow, maybe to inc. the possibility of a foam-shrimp pink for a sweetie-shop theme ;) LOL?

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  24. Very pretty skirt! I think the yellow one is my favorite. :]

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  25. Ah it's lovely and you look so cute in these pictures, I'm making a beignet at the moment and I am a bit confused at some of the instructions so I'm a little disconcerted when I read how easy everyone else finds this pattern...wahhh! But your ones do inspire me!

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  26. Thanks for your lovely comments!

    Shivani - corduroy is pretty easy to sew. The only slightly tricky aspect is smoothing it down when you're pinning right sides together as it can get a little stuck.

    Gracie - which bits are you having trouble with? It took me a bit of head scratching to work out how to attach the lining to the facings but once I got it it made sense.

    Portia, Sarah and Jill - my lovely boyfriend built those shelves. Aren't they amazing? It took about 6 months, tons of money and quite a bit of shouting, but it was worth it!

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  27. Brilliant job, Tilly! I love the banana yellow colour, too, and the buttons are so pretty. You look totally fabulous, of course!

    I cut out a Sew Serendipity skirt in purple lightweight cord and can't wait to get going. We had snow last night!!

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  28. Great skirt Tilly! I love the lining you chose too! Sam xox

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  29. Gorgeous! Love all the colours you've made it in. I'm going to buy this pattern one day very soon!

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  30. This is sooo cute Tilly! I love it, well done :) I haven't bought the skirt pattern yet, but I do have the wrap dress which I'm excited to try out :)

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  31. I'm not familiar with foam bananas, but your skirt is quite lovely!

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  32. Oh Tilly, I am SO impressed! It looks gorgeous -- if I were you, I would rotate between those three skirts for the rest of my life and never wear anything else.

    I also really like your bookshelves, but that's by the by.

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  33. Another lovely skirt! :) Every time you post about this pattern on your blog, I tell myself that I must buy it, but I've not gotten around to it yet.... :/

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  34. Hi there! I just found your blog through Crochetie.. I'm looking forward to following from now on! I just started sewing recently and am slowly teaching myself, thanks for the inspiration! To see what you've accomplished in a little over a year is awesome. =)
    --Kayla
    http://kayla-heartonmysleeve.blogspot.com/

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  35. i love this pattern!
    actually, i'm making the same pattern.. i'll upload when i finish it

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  36. www.craftedbyme.blogspot.com7 March 2011 09:13

    Cute skirts, I especially love the red version. Oh, and I heart your wall of books. Sigh...

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  37. Hey Tilly, I love the skirts you have made. What would this skirt look like with a big plaid or check? Like black and white or red and white. Can't wait to see more of this skirt, great post!

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  38. Wow, this is my favorite of your versions so far! What a wonderful color that suits you very, very well! And these buttons are just adorable. You really have lots of books! Love your book wall. :)

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  39. Adorable version. I "only2 have two Beignets, one for summer, and one for winter, maybe it´s time for a spring version soon? :-)

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  40. Super cute - in all colours ;)
    Thanks for sharing, Ruth S

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  41. Adorable! I'm having a Colette pattern giveaway on my blog this month if you'd like to enter, or send your friends. Top banana!

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  42. Bravo for another Beignet! I'm always so tempted to go grab my copy of the pattern out of the stash every time you post another version of this skirt. I love how versatile it is and the colors you've chosen. This one has got to be my favorite so far! :)

    ♥ Casey

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  43. Tilly, it's beautiful! (What a perfect description too). Isn't it great that you've given each Beignet a different character - it is a super cute pattern, & really suits you.

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  44. This looks amazing! I too, will have to add the Beignet skirt to my list. The pointer about the amount of fabric needed will be useful -- I can't believe you only used 65 cm of the 2.5 m!

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  45. Wow - they're all beautiful but I LOVE that red one with the little bow!! And I am in awe of those bookshelves!!

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  46. Oh wow, I'm making this now too. I especially love the cord one, those buttons are amazing!

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  47. I love your skirts! I really want to make one :)

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  48. Now you have made me miss foam bananas!!
    I really love the blue and orange skirt...

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  49. It was really cool to see your several versions all at once like that.

    I like the idea of building a "pattern wardrobe." It's basics you like to make and enjoy wearing, that suit your style... Hmmm...

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  50. i love your skirt - all three of them in fact - I'm on something of a skirt making mission at the moment, this pattern looks just what I need! thanks X

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  51. This might be a silly question, but when you end your posts with "Soundtrack: such-and-such by so-n-so" is that for us to imagine, or does your website actually play music on some people's computers?

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