1 April 2013

Designing Your Miette


So what fabric are you going to use to make your Miette skirt?

What to think about when choosing fabric:

* Miette will look lovely in medium weight linen, cotton (including twill and gabardine) and denim.

* Fabrics that have a bit of body or structure will give the skirt a fabulous strong shape. Just be careful not to pick anything too thick or heavy that would create bulk, as you need to be able to pass one of the waist ties through a gap in the side seams to do the skirt up.

* The grainline runs parallel to the skirt side seams, meaning that any patterns or visible weave on fabric will flare out at an angle rather than fall horizontally. So if you're choosing a patterned fabric, you may want to think about how the pattern will fit together along the centre front line. Or if you don't want to think, just pick something plain or with a small print!

And some design ideas:

* Try a solid colour for a bold look - how about duck egg blue, hot pink or mustard yellow? (Mmm... mustard yellow...)

* Topstitching in a contrast colour and fancy stitch looks fantastic. Or try hand embroidering a design on the pockets.

* Make the facings of the waistband and pockets (the parts that go on the inside of the skirt) in a contrast fabric. Cut 3 of the 6 waistband pieces and 2 of the 4 pocket pieces in this fabric.

* If you're confident at matching patterns, how about creating a chevron effect on the centre front seam by using striped fabric?

* Sew contrast buttons on the pockets.

* Add piping to the waistband seam or a trimming to the hemline.


For more inspiration, check out the fantastic Miettes that are already in the Maker Gallery.

What design ideas do you have for the Miette Skirt? I can't wait to see!

21 comments:

  1. I love this!! So excited to start it, it'll be my first ever clothing make.

    I really love the polka dot material! I'll probably go for something like that. Exciting!


    thanks


    chloe
    www.bythelock.com

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    1. Awesome!! Let me know how you get on.

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  2. Ordered the pattern and i love love love the blue chambray fabric you have used to make yours above, Tilly, would you be able to tell me where you got it from, if it was an online fabric shop? x

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    1. hi Tilly,
      I just bought this pattern and can't wait to buy some fabric. As I live in Chi-town, can you tell me which store in Chicago you bought your fabric?
      Also, do you think Echino's linen fabric is going to be an appropriate weight?
      Thanks so much,
      Jennifer

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  3. Uhg Tilly this is SO CUTE!!! You're so amazing. That's it, I'm going to have to make one :)

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  4. I've got some black linen in my stash that has been waiting for this pattern. Happy me!

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    1. It'll look so elegant in black linen!

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  5. This is so, so cute! I rarely wear skirts, but I think I'm going to make this for my sister. :)

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  6. Gahh Tilly you are so great! Well done on your growing collection :)

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  7. Great second pattern! This will be perfect for those just getting into sewing and for the more experienced that want to whip something together!

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  8. i am so looking forward to making my own miette! mai's version is what i'm aspiring to - do you know what kind of fabric she used? it looks denimy or like a cotton blend, but it's not easy to spot on the photo. thanks :)

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  9. I'm planning to make this out of a cotton poplin i have in my stash, do you think that will be too light?

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  10. Hi Tilly, Can you explain exactly how to shorten the pattern? Thanks!

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  11. Hi,
    I'm not trying to be cheeky but is there any way of finding out how much fabric I will need before buying the pattern? I "accidentally" bought a metre of gorgeous lawn fabric and I want to make it into a skirt for myself as my first ever clothing project (there's a limit to how many cushions you can have in a one-bed flat, if you ever want to have s*x again...). But if this is not enough for the Miette skirt (in size 16) I'd be better off choosing a different pattern. I'm sure it should be enough but I'm not experienced enough to guess. Again, not trying to get something for nothing but the only other commercial pattern I've bought, for a baby change mat, had the fabric/other stuff quantities shown on the website before you bought as they are on the outside of the packet. Thanks!

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    1. Not cheeky at all! The fabric requirements are listed here on the pattern download page.

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  12. Oh sorry didn;t realise that was going to come out "unknown" - I'm Louise!

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  13. Hi I have printed out my pattern and I'm itching to start sewing. I bought some cotton drill fabric but looking at it now I think it's a bit too heavy. I'm a complete beginner so any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I've been deliberating for days over which fabric to buy and think I may have made a mistake. I don't want to start sewing if it is not the right fabric, and also if it will be too difficult to work with.
    Thanks
    Chloe

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  14. Do you think this could work with a medium to lightweight wool?

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    1. Yes I think it'd work beautifully in lightweight wool! Its always a good idea to steam or dry clean wool before you cut out the pattern pieces as it has a tendency to shrink quite a bit in its first wash. Let me know how you get on!

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