1 April 2013

Introducing Miette - The Perfect Sewing Pattern for Beginners!



I'm sooooooo excited to share the Miette sewing pattern with you!

Miette is a gently flared wraparound skirt that ties at the front in a delightful bow. The skirt has a wide back overlap (no danger of flashing!) and optional practical patch pockets.

If you've never sewn a garment before, this is the sewing pattern for you! It has been designed for and tested on beginners looking for an easy first sewing project. The wraparound design means that there are no fiddly buttons or zippers to install. Plus it's so simple to fit - all you need is your waist measurement, and even if you get that wrong you can loosen or tighten the ties. Perfect! If you find sewing pattern instructions confusing, you'll love the online photo instructions which translate all the jargon and show you every step in detail.

If you're an experienced stitcher, you'll love how quickly this skirt comes together. The print-at-home instructions include handy tickboxes so you can celebrate your progress - so satisfying! Miette is one of those great "blank canvas" projects that you can make your own with fancy topstitching, trimmings, embroidery... you could even design your own pockets!


This is a print-at-home pattern ready to download and start making right now! Over the next few days I'll be adding steps to the digital instructions. Sew along as they go live or whenever you're ready to start sewing.

Take a look at the pattern details, drool over the Maker Gallery, and buy Miette here!


With thanks to my wonderful pattern testers - Jane, 
Jo, Lauren G, Lauren T, Mai, Sarah and Oona.

41 comments:

  1. What a wonderful pattern, I love it!

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  2. Oooohhhh! I am so excited!! I have the perfect fabric for this skirt!! Well done Tilly!!

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  3. Yey! This skirt is gorgeous, I love the shape and it would go with so many things. Congratulations on another lovely pattern. :)

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  4. Oh, I was so hoping it was the shirt, when I saw the first image. But I guess that will be easy to find af pattern for ;) The second top is fantastic as well :D

    I think the skirt pattern i great, although it is not my style, it is seldom you find a completely new design for a skirt :)

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  5. Very sweet... even though I am already a sewer, would be a nice edition to whip up.. will definitely purchase.

    http://in-my-backyard.net

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  6. It's lovely Tilly!

    Deffo a post-pregnancy make for me! Going to try and make your shirt into a maternity top

    Good luck :D

    Bundana x
    www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Super cute Tilly. Definitely heading over to purchase !

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  8. Radness! I have a friend wanting to learn to sew and we've been looking for a first pattern. Success!

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  9. Really cute skirt! Very Tilly! I would have loved to learn to sew with this pattern. Actually I've promised to teach a friend to sew- maybe this is the pattern to get her started on.

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  10. Your Miette skirt pattern will go perfectly with the Miette cardigan pattern! Yay! Congratulations Tilly on all your sucess!

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  11. Oh my word Tilly....how beautiful! I particularly love your second version, the whole outfit makes me smile! And all the versions in the Maker Gallery are delightful! I seriously love it! I wonder what else you have in store for us next...?

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  12. How pretty. I love it! Congratulations.

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  13. A wrap skirt was my first sewing project, around 10 years ago! YAY! I'm going to spread the word! x

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  14. What an unusual skirt! A wrap skirt was also my first sewing project about 15 years ago but I haven't seen one like this before. I love the versions in the maker gallery as well. Congratulations on your second pattern!

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  16. So cute, I really like it! And the maker gallery versions are very inspiring. Very excited to make this one :)

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  17. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!! It's lovely and such a great wardrobe staple. You are ace!!! xxx

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  18. Tilly, this is so pretty! I think after I make my quilt I am going to have to make one (or a bunch) of these. Very flattering indeed.

    sewcookgardenrepeat.blogspot.ca

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  19. I love this! Will definitely be giving this a go soon!

    Lauren x

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  20. Very very cute, congrats on releasing your next pattern!

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  21. This is lovely Tilly. It's going on my list - the perfect skirt for summer (if we ever get into double figures, temperature-wise!)

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  22. Congratulations on releasing another pattern Tilly! I think it's awesome how this one is tailored for beginners

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  23. Tilly, your patterns are so cute, but I really wish you would include at least one more size up. I keep running into lovely indy patterns that are *just* too small for me (I have a 43" bust and a 35" waist) and I don't like spending more on an indy pattern only to have to grade it up as well. I would think that this pattern, being a wrap skirt, would be super easy to include larger sizes with. A lot of beginner sewists I know are learning because they can't find plus-size clothes that they like, and I hate that plus-size pattern options kind of suck too. It certainly doesn't make learning to sew any easier when you also have to learn pattern grading if you want to make anything cute that fits.

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    1. Hi Mary, I'm sorry to hear you’re frustrated with indie pattern sizing. My patterns range from a UK size 8 to 18, which I feel is a good range for an indie designer working on a micro scale. Because of the costs involved in producing patterns, including using a professional grading service which charges per size, unfortunately like many indie designers I’m not currently able to offer a wider range of sizes. Which means that if you don’t fall into the sizing brackets, you would have to do a little extra work to grade the pattern yourself.

      Having said all that - you are still able to make Miette without grading it! Your waist is only 1” bigger than the largest size, and the pattern includes 1.5” ease. Plus the wraparound design has a lot of leeway because of the way it does up with ties. There is plenty of overlap at the back and the ties are long, so an inch or so won’t make much difference.

      I hope this helps. And sorry I'm not in a position to release more sizes at the moment. There is definitely a market for gorgeous plus size indie patterns. It's only a matter of time before someone taps into that!

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  24. Hi Tilly!

    First time commenter, long time blog lurker :) I have a question: have you (or an of the pattern testers) made this skirt with longer ties that wrap and tie in the back?

    ~ Nicole S.

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    1. Ooh not yet - try it! It'd probably work well as long as the fabric isn't too thick as you'll have various layers around the waist if the ties are overlapping.

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  25. Hooary! I'm so glad the secret is finally out :) I love seeing what all the other testers made - what a treat!

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  26. What a cute skirt! I really like how you`ve designed the pockets. Congratulations, Tilly!

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    1. I've been itching to tell you, Sarah, since you were talking about wrap skirts on your blog and kept pinning them to Pinterest!!

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  27. Congrats Tilly, this looks great! I have a couple of friends who have been wanting to do some beginner sewing, and I was actually thinking about rubbing off a wrap skirt of mine for them, you may have just have done the work for me - I love it!

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  28. Congratulations on a second patter release, and what a lovely pattern it is! I really like that you included a pocket option.

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  29. Tilly! Huge fan but first time commenter (I think, although could be going slightly mad).

    I normally find this sort of question from commenters completely ghastly, so please forgive in advance. It's also entirely unrelated to sewing, although I do sew. I hope that counts!

    Q: your lipstick is exactly the shade that I've been unsuccessfully trying to hunt down. There's no chance you'd share what it is is there? Russian Red proving too stark for me...

    Thanks in advance if you get the chance to answer!

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  30. I just love this skirt! You are so incredibly productive.

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  31. Hi Tilly! I love your Miette skirt pattern. I'm actually taking a sewing course here in Sweden where I live. And i think this will be my next project. I also loved sewing you on the Sewing Bee. If it wasn't for your blog I wouldn't have known about it. I also wonder if you have pattern for the top you are wearing with the blue skirt?

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  32. Hi Tilly. After making the picnic blanket skirt I decided to try and make this. Eep. What type of fabric works best, bearing in mind I'm a complete novice?

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    1. Some thoughts on choosing fabric here

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