7 May 2013

Polka Dot Picnic Blanket Skirt


Look, I made another Picnic Blanket Skirt! Inspired by an image I saw on Pinterest that I just couldn't get out of my head, I knew I needed a polka dot skirt to wear with my Breton top collection. So I whipped this little baby up in a couple of hours. I particularly love the buttons - they're beautiful flat-top polished wood - yum. I finished the insides with French seams, which works great with the light-to-medium weight cotton that I used.


This make doubled up as preparation for a class I was teaching at Ray Stitch. The participants were all lovely and we had so much fun! A professional photographer popped along to take these photos for Ray Stitch. Other workshops I've got coming up are now listed on my dedicated workshops page if you're interested - the next one will be the Mathilde Blouse.

I love the fact that this skirt works well both with and without tights. Perfect for Spring when you just don't know whether it's gonna rain or shine. I'm currently itching to make a Summer dress in what is just the most gorgeous fabric - you're gonna love it! But is it too early to make a Summer dress?

Are you dreaming of Summer sewing too?

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43 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I love the navy version; mine's a little too little blue so it's difficult to match with tops. Must get in the habit of thinking about the whole outfit rather than one piece!

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  2. It's lovely! You'll probably get so much wear out of it.

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  3. You're right, those buttons are brilliant! Are they 'working' buttons (eg button holes) or did you put them on for decoration?

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

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  4. Very cute Tilly! I've been debating on making the Miette or the PB skirt and you've helped make the decision tough. The PB skirt seems perfect for spring, especially in a cute polka dot print like yours. I haven't begun the summer dress lust yet but... soon enough.

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  5. It is a lovely skirt. I have been making a skirt from sew serendipity. I love that book. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Too cute! Navy blue and polka dots is where it is at!

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  7. Oh it is totally not too early to make a summer dress. It's almost summer now weather-wise. Knowing British weather when 'summer' does arrive the sun will abandon us. ;)

    Loving the spots.

    Sarabeth
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

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  8. Gorgeous! Navy and white is one of my favourite colour combinations, and I love a mix of spots and stripes, so this outfit is pretty perfect as far as I'm concerned.

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  9. I love the fabric and the buttons. Did you have a pattern? or did create it from the image that you liked?
    I live in the Highlands of Scotland so we are a bit short on any workshops up here which is a pity, you are so lucky that you can join in and learn with like minded people, but it is great that we can all follow each other online for inspiration.
    Irene

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  10. Not at all, now is the best time to make a summer dress so that it's ready for whenever our really short British summer decides to strike! Love the skirt BTW.

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  11. Cute!
    I'm plotting fabric for one for myself. Probably boring old gray though rather than your charming polka dots.

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  12. That's really pretty. Tilly you live in the UK , for all we know the hottest weather might turn up next week and that'll be it until 2014 - with that said I think you should crack on with the summer clothes production!!! Looking forward to seeing what you make. I've still got to hem my Cambie dress from Sewaholic that I started last year!

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  13. oh Tilly you make me want to make a polka dot skirt too! this is so beautiful! I spotted the lovely Sara from sazknit in those photos, I love her! it seems you have had a lot of fun at the workshop! would love to be closed to you and join the fun!

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  14. Beautiful. Congrats simple and lovely.

    www.atreveteaimaginarlo.blogspot.com

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  15. I love it! Polka dot fabrics are always my favourite!
    And it's not to early to start on summery dresses. I'm on to it already - it's good to be prepared! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  16. Definitely NOT too early to make a summer dress - that's exactly what I have in mind once I've finished my summer blouse! (Altho I know I'll get a proper summer this year for a couple of weeks as I'm going on safari to Kenya so at least i won't have unpredictable British weather to prepare for...)

    Loving the dotty skirt!

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  17. Adorable. In Illinois I work at Pottery Barn and that would be a perfect "work" attire.

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  18. Easy to make for a beginner? Would love to make some clothes, keeping an eye out for fabrics + simple patterns!

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  19. Love the polka dots and it's a great length too. I've only ever made a-line skirts before as I'm quite fussy with patterns, but love this one!

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  20. Yeah, I say sew some summer clothes. It'll be fleeting and you never know when it might strike! I have basically only sewed summer clothes - but then I don't have much interest in winter ones :) Polka dots and stripes is a classic combination and you look adorable as always here!

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  21. Definitely not too early to make a summer dress. And this post reminds me I have to go buy the summer's first Breton top. And have a go at making one of your picnic blanket skirts. Inspiring as always. xx

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  22. I love this!! I'm a new reader from the US (saw you on Great British Sewing Bee and was rooting for you!) and am loving every project you've done. What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I have some blue/white polka dot fabric in my stash that I had already earmarked to make a on skirt. Can't wait to get started now.

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  24. I say make a summer dress, and to pot with the weather! That's what cardigans are for! Your skirt looks fab, I love the polka dots.

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  25. I love the striped top with the polka dots!

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  26. Adorable:) Love polka dots ;)

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  27. Gorgeous skirt. Now if only I could get over my fear of button holes I would make myself one.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  28. Really nice dress. I have just made a dress with polka dots, but a lot smaller!

    I was wondering if you could give advice on how you do hems on big round skirts/dresses like with with lots of material? I find that because of it being circular, I can't get it smooth, and I get bits that overlap (on the inside, but still...)

    Thanks for your tips!

    http://spinningtopboutique.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. The classes look like so much fun!! I love your polka dot skirt... I'm hoping to make a polka dot dress soon...it's such a cheery print!! It was FABULOUS to catch up with you in London!

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  30. Ah, so perfect! Navy polka dots are right up there on my list of favourite prints. Thanks for reminding me that I want to make a picnic blanket. Perhaps in hot pink...

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  31. I Love Polkadots!
    This skirt is lovely :-)

    divadaan.blogspot.com

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  32. Sooooo adorable! (And with the buttons down the front, it looks like it could also do double duty as a lightweight spring cape :)

    xo
    ConstantlyAlice

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  33. It's never too early to make a summer dress!

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  34. Tilly, it is so beautiful! And yes, cannot wait for summer sewing!!!

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  35. I love polka dots!
    Ordered some gingham fabric today for my picnic blanket skirt. Can't wait for it to arrive.
    At the speed i sew, I may have to start on a winter dress.

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  36. I love polka dots!
    Ordered some gingham fabric today for my picnic blanket skirt. Can't wait for it to arrive.
    At the speed i sew, I may have to start on a winter dress.

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  37. Ooh! i totally dig polka dots and this is one amazing skirt! it's so fitted!

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  38. I've just bought some navy polka dot fabric this afternoon to make this skirt before seeing this post. Clearly a popular idea!

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  39. Hi, I've made a polka dot skirt too! http://bebextra.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-stash-attack-skirt.html It was great to make and lovely to wear. Planning on making another very soon :)

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