Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Picnic Blanket Skirt


I LOVE this skirt! Not only is it pretty snazzy, if I do say so myself, it's also super practical, multifunctional even. It has pockets, yes. Pockets are good. It's also super spread-out-able, you can lay your sandwiches on it and look glamorous at the same time. Moreover, while enjoying the sunshine in the park today I realised that, if I team the skirt with my red Esther Williams swimsuit, I can look glam, carry sandwiches in the pockets, then whip the skirt off to lay out on and use as a full picnic blanket. Good, eh?



Okay, so I think I've made my point about how practical it is. It's also incredibly easy to make. I didn't use a pattern, just worked out the measurements and sewed it up. The fabric is a fairly heavy but super drapey and nicely textured cotton-linen blend that I scored from Brixton market for £2/m. Plus it's really easy to wear - casual yet chic at the same time.



If you like I can do a "how to" in a future post so you can make your own button down gathered skirt. Apparently they're "on trend" and everything (not that we care about things like that, do we?). I just know that I'm going to live in this skirt this Summer. It's the kind of piece I'll miss when it's in the laundry basket...

UPDATE: Make your own Picnic Blanket Skirt

[Soundtrack: 'Je Ne Vois Que Vous' by Benjamin Schoos]

67 comments:

  1. Oh that's just adorable! It sings out summer to me! Super skills on check matching too. I've been thinking about playing with gingham so YES please do a 'how to' :)

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  2. A tutorial would be fab!

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  3. A tutorial would be wonderful. Your skirt is amazing. I love it!

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  4. Please do a how to! I'm totally in love with this skirt, SO good!

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  5. Yes please, for tutorial! I've just lately gotten back into sewing since my school years (we had it at school, I never got good advice as I wasn't one of the teacher's favorites, so what I made was down to luck if it succeeded...), and am quite excited! Reading all these blogs and I gotta say, yours is one of my favorites :)

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    1. This is such an adorable skirt! I agree with your statement that you could live in it; it looks that comfy.

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  6. Would you prefer a "how to" or a "sewalong"? ie. a static post (or set of posts) that you can do whenever or a project that everyone does together at the same time?

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  7. What a fab skirt. Tres chic! x

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  8. tutorial? yes please! i would love to make a skirt like this!x

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  9. Very pretty, love it! And the top is great, too. It would be fun to see a tutorial. Also, I'm hoping you someday find picnic-basket shaped buttons for it. ;)

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  10. Oh Tilly, this skirt is truly wonderful! I can see why you'll miss it when it's in the laundry! You look so beautiful in these photos too, your hair and makeup are so pretty! Oh and a tutorial or sewalong would be awesome ;o)

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  11. So, so cute! Love the fabric and buttons. I recently made a blue gingham dress and def call it my picnic dress!

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  12. Hi Tilly, this is so cute! The perfect picnic skirt :)

    Thought I had better get in touch again, I get into London on the 5th July. David and I are still working out what we are going to be doing with our time as we only have a week there (we leave the following Thursday) and there is so much we want to do, but if you are free and want to catch up for a quick coffee or something let me know :)

    Jen

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    1. Hey Jen - Exciting! I'm not sure of my movements over the Summer yet so get in touch a bit nearer the time and hopefully we can arrange to meet up...

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  13. so cute, however I think your teeny tiny waist makes it cuter, I think I may look like I've eaten the sandwiches if I wore one similar!

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  14. I just about squealed when I saw this - eeeep! So lovely and I looooove circle skirts. Hey, that's a pretty quick and easy project right? I've made one before but it was many years ago when I first learned to sew (therefore, it is now unwearable). This is going on my to do list!

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    1. I just realized this is not a circle skirt. D'oh. But still, full gathered skirts are right up there with them in my mind!

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    2. Yeah I'm not exactly sure why but I suspect that a circle skirt would make me look like a midget whereas I can somehow get away with a gathered skirt made of rectangles.

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  15. Ooo a tutorial please. You look so adorable and I have been dying for a skirt like that. Pleeeaaase lol

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  16. Beautiful and fun! Yes!! Please a "how to" , thank you!!

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  17. How to, please! I love that this skirt is not too densely gathered and the buttons give it that extra something special. Nice work, Tilly!

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  18. Oh yes, I do love it! Can't wait for the how-to!

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  19. Karen McNeil28 May 2012 02:52

    Tilly the skirt is just gorgeous. I have prewashed fabric, ready for cutting out to make a similar skirt. Can I just ask you does your skirt waistband open at the front row of buttons or do you have a side zip and the buttons start under the waistband? I wasn't sure which would be best and having seen yours it looks gorgeous. What beautiful weather you are having, much colder and wet here in Melbourne!Thanks
    Karen

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    1. It opens at the front where the buttons are - I added two button stands. The side seams have pockets in them.

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  20. You look so, sew, adorable! We are heading into winter down our way and it's so lovely to see the sunshine and picnic plans!

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  21. I agree, a tutorial would be great! Love it!

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  22. "you can lay your sandwiches on it and look glamorous at the same time"

    World's best line. And the skirt is adorable! In keeping with your Esther-Williams-and-picnic-blanket idea--in case you don't feel like swimsuiting it in the park, what about making a matching or coordinating pair of shorts? Give it sort of a '40s playsuit vibe.

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    1. Oh I should have explained - my local park has a lovely 1930s lido (outdoor pool), hence the swimsuit idea! I look pretty awful in shorts, unfortunately.

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  23. The skirt is gorgeous! Yes please for a tutorial!

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  24. This is a great skirt for summertime! The combination of the colours you wear is a wonderful idea!

    Christel

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  25. Love it, just love it. A tutorial would be perfect, thanks Tilly. A skirt that converts to a picnic blanket always impresses me! Xx

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  26. surely only england could have grass that green and lush!! australian grass just doesn't cut it...so to speak :o) oh and nice skirt! jenb

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  27. Hi Tilly,
    This is fabulous skirt. I love your skirt and I can not wait for the tutorial:)

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  28. BINGO! I've just found what to make with my new cotton batik. A sewalong or a tutorial - whichever you prefer, Tilly. Lovely photos and lovely skirt. I can start dreaming about buttons now... Thank you.

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  29. I want one I want one :) I also need to pay a trip to Walthamstow market to get some fabric. Cant wait for your tutorial. x

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  30. Très jolie!
    Cette jupe te va bien!
    Beau travail!
    Have a good monday!

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  31. This is gorgeous, Tilly! And a tutorial would be lush - in Vertigo there's a bit where Kim Novak wears a green skirt with buttons down the back, and I've often daydreamed about having a go at making my own version, so maybe a frankening of the tutorial would work for that? (erm, keep daydreaming there Roisin)

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    1. Ooh which scene is that? Is it the green outfit that Judy wears when he first meets her as Judy? I can't quite remember the skirt - if it's a similar shape there wouldn't be a problem just turning it round (as long as the buttons were strategically placed so it's not too uncomfortable when you sit down!), but if it's a fitted skirt I would start with something like the BurdaStyle Jenny skirt and add a button stand in place of the zipper.

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    2. I can't remember exactly which scene - it isn't the green outfit, but I think she does wear it as Judy - it's a flared skirt though, possibly even a circle skirt rather than fitted. I'm going to have to rewatch the film now to check!

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  32. Very cute! Love those buttons too - are they wood?

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    1. Thank you - yes they're wood! I love wooden buttons.

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  33. it's so cute! i'd love to see a tutorial on how you make this kind of dress! thanks :)

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  34. I think the word I am looking for is... darling? Love a full skirt that doubles as a picnic blanket. I have a few myself. Form meets function.

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  35. It's an amazing skirt, and a skirt I'd love to have in my own wardrobe... I think I'd be able to whip up something similar button-down, but please give us a how-to, that makes our life so much easier!

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  36. I love wooden buttons. They look great on your skirt!

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  37. Hello Tilly
    I am a new follower of your Blog and I Love it. I actully went back and read all of your old posts and have really enjoyed them. I Love your skirt and I think either a sew along or tutorial is a magnificent idea. Thanks for a great and inspiring blog.

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    1. Aww... thank you, that's so sweet :)

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  38. You look comfortable and sharp in this skirt!

    I have an actual picnic blanket hanging in the closet and now I'm getting inspired to make this for me. Would be so appreciative if you would create a "how-to" tutorial.

    Thanks!

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  39. What a gorgeous skirt!! I would love a how to for it. Thank you in advance!! :)

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  40. Lovely! I know what you mean by missing things when they're in the laundry! ;o) Tutorial would be great. Not that I've really got time to make anything else...! mx

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  41. So pretty...like you just stepped out of a 1950s picnic catalog!

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  42. Another yes to the "how to" - it's a beautiful skirt! and makes your waist look tiiny! I'm very happy it has pockets - I think it should be an EU requirement for all dresses and skirts to have them, personally.

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  43. The skirt is fab, and I love the complete outfit as well. Everything fits so nicely together: top, skirt and shoes. Really nice combination :-)

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  44. This outfit couldn't be any more summery if it tried. So cute! I would definitely be interested in a tutorial.

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  45. Pati from London29 May 2012 21:52

    I love it Tilly!! very very cute!! x Pati

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  46. So pretty! I just love how you've paired it with the bright top.:) I keep seeing charming gingham things being whipped up on other seamstress's blogs, and think that before the summer is out I may have succumb to the siren call... Especially after seeing this and suddenly realizing I *need* a gingham skirt. ;)

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  47. Yes, please post a tutorial; it's lovely!

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  48. Please make a How To i would love to make one of these to wear during the summer

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  49. Such a pretty skirt!

    Did you buy your fabric at a shop in Brixton market or in one of the stalls? I'm going to London in 9 days and I'm very looking forward to visit your city and find some beautiful fabric!!

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  50. I love this skirt! Now I know what you were doing with the wooden buttons in the prior post. :)

    I bought some colorful check fabric on etsy and have been pondering what to do with it... I think I may just have to make one of these now! So inspriring for a summer day. (I love the green top you paired with it. Did you make that also?)

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  51. Oh please do a 'how to' on this skirt, it's so beautiful. I've just bought a sewing machine and want my first project to be a skirt (once I've stopped being scared of trying to set the machine up). You were great on GBSB, a real inspiration to new sewers. x

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