1 May 2013

The Marielle Skirt



A few months ago I was invited to contribute a sewing pattern to Sewing World magazine. Well, it's out now in the May 2013 issue! This is the Marielle Skirt, a high-waisted, hip-hugging side-button skirt. I made it in a navy linen blend fabric with white ribbon trimming, polka dot facings, and red bias binding. The design was inspired by cross-between Edwardian skirts, art deco lines and sexy sailors (what?). I'm planning to make another version for myself in yellow gabardine or similar weight fabric... although I'm struggling to find some - any leads?

I do believe this model has been off rolling in the hedge... the crumpled fabric and guilty grin gives it away!

Update! We have now released a shiny new version of this pattern called the Arielle skirt!

[Soundtrack: 'These Days' by Nico]

85 comments:

  1. I love the design! Nice idea. I have a very similar pattern by Paco Peralta and could adapt it. I would have bought the magazine if it had been out two weeks ago when I was in London :(
    You can find gabardine here http://www.lestrouvaillesdamandine.com/boutique/ (not in yellow) or here http://www.calicolaine.co.uk/Yellow-Gabardine-p1368.html (haven't bought from either)

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  2. DEFinitely rolling in a hedge! so obvious now you say it. Great skirt! Love the polka dot inside - that is the sort of cool detail you can do in hand made clothes! well done xxx

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  3. I love this skirt! really nice touch with the buttons and the sleek lines. Just lovely! :-)

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  4. This is great, love the buttons! :)

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  5. It's gorgeous Tilly. When will we be able to buy it on your site? :)

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  6. What a gorgeous skirt! Your designs are always so stunning.

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  7. This is so cute! I knew it was a "Tilly" creation the moment I saw it :)

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  8. Oooohhhhh! Love this skirt! Will you be offering this as a PDF pattern as well in case we can't find the magazine?

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    1. If enough people are interested and can't get hold of the magazine, I'm allowed to sell it in 3 months' time...

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    2. Great, if i cannot find it I will have as PDF! Yeahh. Congratulations Tilly. So proud of you!

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    3. Please do sell the pdf as I live in Australia! (36inch waist btw :P)

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    4. Please post a pattern on your website!!!!! I would love to make it!

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  9. Tilly...this skirt is so lovely. Sexy and wearable :) Like Debi asked, and I second it...are you going to offer the pattern here? m.

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  10. To get all yoof-speak for a moment - OMG, that is totes amaze. I love this skirt - Sewing World magazine here I come.

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  11. Awesome, love it! I just bought the current issue for £6.50 from http://www.newsstand.co.uk/247-Knitting-and-Crochet-Magazines/6589-Subscribe-to-SEWING-WORLD-Magazine-Subscription.aspx (it's how I subscribe to Burda mag, good site!). And they ship internationally, just FYI!

    Tilly, I know Ditto used to stock a mustard stretch cotton twill, but it's not there anymore. :(

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    1. Melissa, you're a goldmine! Thanks for sharing. By the way, I saw Burda and Threads issues at Liverpool street station in London

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  12. Would love it as a PDF!!

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  13. Gorgeous, I do love a polka dot facing! In fact that skirt includes all my favourite elements in one hit. Right, off to hunt down Sewing World. Quick question, does the pattern comes in different sizes in the magazine? x

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    1. Good question - I should have said! Sewing World patterns come in UK sizes 12 - 18. x

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    2. Oh Thanks for that Tilly!,I nearly bought the magazine.. but it would be of little use as I would need it in a size 6-8. Ill wait for yours.. hopefully it will have my size !

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  14. This is gorgeous! I love how all the little details work together perfectly.

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  15. Tilly this is such an amazing design!! I particularly love the white stripe detail cross on the front. I hope it does become available for us to buy here in the States soon!!

    Congratulations on having the pattern published!!! What an honor!!!

    xo ~ Amanda

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  16. Gorgeous skirt Tilly. As others have said, I love the polka dot facing.

    Truro Fabrics have some bright yellow cotton needlecord on their site if that's any help. It's here: http://www.trurofabrics.com/cotton-fabrics/corduroy/cotton-needlecord-fabric-bright-yellow.html

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  17. I like it! I think I'll order some british sewing magazine they look so much more interesting than the the ones around her. Any suggestion ?

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  18. Congratulations, Tilly! I love the skirt! Such cute details. I'd be interested in a future pdf as well.

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  19. Lovely! I think this is your best yet. Good one.

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  20. I love it! It's super cute! I will patiently (not so much!) wait until you can sell the PDF. :)

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  21. That's gorgeous! Can't await the pdf version.

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  22. Such a cute skirt - I simply had to order the magazine right away ;-)

    For those interested: I ordered via http://www.trapletshop.com which opened up when I klicked on "Shop" at the sewingworld-homepage.

    Hapyy Sewing!
    Constance

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  23. Tilly, I will totally buy this from your site if you put it up! (And maybe do a sewalong too...?)I'm a UK 8 and not experienced enough to grade a pattern, so expanding the range of sizes would be also great.

    I've almost finished my Miette skirt (hand stitching the waistband, I'm a sucker for punishment) which is my first garment ever, and your sew along tutorial was so helpful!

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  24. this is lovely. well done tilly! i'll look out for the mag.

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  25. Really nice. Love the colors and the piping. Your detail inside is fantastic. Did you do the piping so as not to have to overstitch the edge?
    In the states there I've seen a lot of bottom weight materials at Joann fabrics and at Hobby Lobby. I found a BEAUTIFUL cream color at Hobby Lobby and made a Miss Mary Shopper. It's on my website.
    Really lovely. You're SO talented Tilly.

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  26. There is so much perfection in this skirt, I don't even know where to begin..the polka dots! The buttons! It's absolutely gorgeous <3

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  27. What a great design, I love that it's flattering AND stylish! Plus it has a little Mondrian vibe going on with those white ribbons and so I like it even more :)

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  28. Love it! Simple design, but the details make it very interesting.

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  29. Love it. Who knows you may turn me a smart dresser yet!

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  30. Love it. So simple yet elegant. Good job :)

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    1. Simple in terms of lines, not skill of drafting the pattern. Sorry, just realised how rudely my quickly made comment could be read!

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  31. This will definitely be a staple for summer! And I love the silhouette - I don't like anything at my low hips. No to muffin tops!

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  32. I have the perfect fabric for this that I got in the London Meet Up swap. Hopefully my newsagent has a copy of the magazine. If not I'll have to order a copy.

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  33. Very stylish. Congratulations on the editorial. Jo x

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

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  34. Although I realise it's not the main focus of this post, I just want to commend you on your soundtrack selection for this post...I love Nico and 'These Days' in particular. Sewing and music go so well together, I think my best sewing is done when I can listen to beautiful music!

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  35. Brought mag today. Whsmith always have sewingworld. Gonna make at the weekend........fingers crossed .x
    P.s loving the blog ;-)

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  36. Tilly! You are moving up so fast in the world! You're on tv, then you're being published in magazines? Good for you :) I was really sad you were off the sewing bee so soon, by the way. And my boyfriend, who had only watched a bit, said you were his favorite.

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  37. Ooooh, congratulations Tilly! It's a beautiful skirt!!!

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  38. Love love love! And I am team PDF!

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  39. Love this skirt. I love clothes like this. A little modern and a little historical flair. I'm also team PDF. :D

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  40. This is a really classic skirt. I love the design. And the contrast facing you've chosen is amazing. I'll look forward to buying it in pdf from you in three months....

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  41. I love the side buttons. I think I'm just going through an off-centre kinda stage at the moment!

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  42. Love all of the extra details you have put into this skirt. Can't wait for three months to pass so I can buy it online.

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

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  43. love this, so gorgeous! A PDF would be great - cant get the Sewing World mag here in New Zealand (I don't think!)

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  44. Very beautiful. I love the little details!
    If you're still looking for yellow gabardine. This belgian retailer sells it in both denim and canvas quality. http://www.destoffenkamer.be/stoffen/where/materiaal/canvas-gabardine_denim-gabardine.html
    They ship to the UK (look for Verenigd Koninkrijk)

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  45. I love it, especially the details you've chosen - it's gorgeous! This totally settles the second magazine for my flight tonight beyond threads, if I can find either. Really looking forward to it!

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  46. I love it Tilly! Please sell it as a PDF for all the Aussies xx

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  47. I love it Tilly! Please sell it as a PDF for all the Aussies xx

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  49. Wow, I love this skirt Tilly! The design is gorgeous, classic shape but really different with the button and line details. Plus the polkadot lining made me swoon :-) Agree with AskSarah, would definitely be interested in purchasing a downloadable pdf if one is available in the future :-)

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  50. So pretty! Wonder if I can buy it in Canada....?

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  51. CUTE!! I love those surprise polka dots on the inside :)

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  52. Gorgeous as always. Love the endless possibilities of versions that could be made!

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  53. It's fabulous, Tilly! I'll certainly purchase a pdf if you make it available. :)

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  54. This skirt is just perfect! Do you think Sewing World is available in France, or if I can buy an issue and have it shipped to France? If it's not, I'm on team PDF too!

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  55. Trying to decide if I can wait three months.... It seems I've become a bit of a Tilly-pattern addict!

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  56. Have you teamed it with the Matilde blouse in the other photos?

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    1. Yep, that's my red Mathilde. Well spotted!

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  57. Gorgeous skirt Tilly, love the side buttons.

    fabric-world.com had some sunny yellow gabardine a while back, at around £5 p/m, not sure if they still have it but could be worth checking them out if you're still looking

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  58. Oh my God. The perfect skirt for my sister.
    Ok easy Marielle is my sister's name (for true)...

    Love it so much.

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  59. Lovely design! Very cute. If you're still after the yellow, I came across this cotton twill on eBay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/COTTON-TWILL-YELLOW-DRESS-FABRIC-FREE-P-P-/130839401904?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric&hash=item1e76a2d5b0

    (I've bought a couple of times from this seller with no issues)

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  60. Oh, please do make a PDF! I live in the States and would love to make this for my fall wardrobe.

    I've been stalking here ever since Whitney at Elm Street Life mentioned The Great British Sewing Bee (which I watched in all of 24 hours while sewing a summer dress). It's been so exciting to discover a whole community online of people making their own clothes, and I love your vintage style. Def where I want to get my wardrobe to at some point. Keep up the lovely work!

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  61. Have you made a PDF of this skirt TIlly? I have just finished the Mathilde blouse in a pale blue and white polka dot cotton twill. It is beautiful, thank you! Can't wait for more patterns so that I can keep adding to my collection xx

    http://hattiehomemade.wordpress.com/
    rhubarb-n-custard@hotmail.com

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    1. I haven't yet produced a downloadable version of this pattern, but I'm planning to do so in the next few months - watch this space!

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  62. Hi Tilly, I'm totally in love with this pretty skirt.

    Jess
    http://candywrappedappletree.blogspot.de

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  63. Hi Tilly, I'm new to your site and must say I'm LOVING IT!!! I think this skirt is beautiful and would like to have a go at making it myself. Are you now selling it and if so can you please post the link. Thanks

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    1. Thank you! I'm planning to make this pattern available later in the year, so watch this space!

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    2. Did this ever become available on PDF? I love it so much!

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    3. Not yet, but it's on the cards :)

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  64. The May 13 issue of Sewing World is still available to back order from their website, but I would like to wait for the PDF and hopefully another brilliant sewing guide from you.

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  65. Hi tilly

    Your book arrived today Yah! ! I'm so excited as i just discovers your patterns are available in Australia. I love this skirt. Have you had a chance to make it a pdf? Pleeeeeease!!! :)

    I'm starting on the head scarf this afternoon.

    Thank you for demystifying sewing!

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