1 July 2014

Echino Stag Delphine Skirt



The Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch is a regular feature of my wardrobe. I wear one of these skirts at least twice a week, usually more. So I thought I'd whip up another one, this time using this amazing Echino stag print cotton-linen canvas fabric, sent to me for review by cute fabric shop Modes4U. Long time readers will know that I have a particular penchant for polka dots. Add a stag into the mix and you're onto a winner. Put a pair of bright red specs on said stag and - goal!



The fabric is the perfect weight for the Delphine skirt - it needs a medium- to heavy-weight material with body to hold the exaggerated A-line structure of the design. This canvas has a slightly rough texture to it, which makes it feel all natural and rustic, in a good way, but since I didn't particularly fancy it rubbing against my bare legs this Summer, I decided to add a silky-smooth lining. In the next post, I'll show you how you can add a lining to the Delphine or similar skirt. I also added belt loops to the waistband - there's a section in my book which shows you how to do likewise.


I made no attempt to pattern match at the seams, so any matching that there is in a few places is a pure fluke. I did, however, make sure to get a stag in the centre front line of the skirt, but I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't pay better attention to the top row of the design and allowed the antlers to be cut off - doh! Ah well, you live and learn...

What have you been making, please?

[Soundtrack: 'Inspector Norse' by Todd Terje]

24 comments:

  1. [frantically opening new tabs to buy stag fabric.] GORGEOUS skirt! Will be lovely in autumn with tights,too. I am making a Burda dress in navy rayon-linen, the idea is simple and chic (to combat my ridiculous bed-hair). I could've sworn I lined up the pink panel around the bottom but I turned it rightside out and... hello, wonky joins. I am glad this happens to you too.

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  2. I am attempting to rescue a Burdastyle Anna dress (very similar to the Staples dress) that I started last summer that looked horibbly like a hospital gown. I looked at it yesterday and am hoping that I can tweak it to look a bit more presentable! I love your skirt fabric - am off to check it out now!

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  3. I'm going to start a new pair of pjs today! I'm hoping to draft my own pattern for them as well! Love the fabric who doesn't need a polka dot glasses wearing stag skirt on their life!
    Frankie
    http://www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Finishing up a See Kate Sew City Girl Top. Can't decide whether to sew on the cowl or not...

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  5. Very cute skirt. I ordered a copy of Burda summer 2014, I can't wait to receive it. I hope it will be worth the money.

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  6. Ooooooh! *Squeeeeee*
    I am often caught lustfully stroking the Echino fabrics when I go fabric (perving) shopping. Always put off by the price and the fact I'd end up with 2 more meters of worshiped fabric I was too afraid to cut. This is just SPLENDID though.
    REALLY splendid.

    I'm in the process of adjusting my BHL Elisalex pattern for the umpteenth time. I now have two different retired curtains waiting to be my guinea pigs. I am so fed up of thinking about my boobs!

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  7. I love it Tilly. The fabric and pattern combination are spot on, and the prints on that website are gorgeous!

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  8. Super cute version of your Delphine skirt. Amazing that the polka dot matching on the waistband / top of your skirt were flukes!
    Shame about the missing antlers - luckily I don't think the deer felt a thing ; )

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  9. I have a similar skirt in this fabric, I added pockets to it. Now I'm into summer dresses...

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  10. I love the Delphine skirt in this material, it's so cute! I made my first Delphine skirt this weekend, can't wait to make another. Looking forward to reading how to add a lining :)

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  11. I actually got started on my very first Delphine skirt yesterday! Have been trying to figure out how to add a lining but I suppose I can take a little break now and wait for your next post. :-)

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    1. Oh, and could you please please please talk about pockets in your post about lining the skirt? I would love to add some inseam ones but am a little (i.e. very) confused about how to treat them when lining the skirt. Do I line them, too? Or just pretend they aren't there? Thanks you so much and congratulations on your gorgeous book!

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    2. Hi Astra - ah that's great timing then :) You can just add the pockets before the lining, so they lie between the pockets and the lining. Does that make sense?

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    3. Hi Tilly, thanks for the advice - that does make sense!

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  12. Love the dots! Am currently making a denim shift dress with some unreal pocket detailing, very excited with how it's turning out too...

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  13. the antlerless stag looks as if he is wearing a crash helmet though which is quite cool!

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  14. I love polka dots too. Your skirt turned out lovely. I just finished a red and white polka dot Brigette scarf and have cut out a pair of Margot pyjama pants in bright yellow stripy flannelette to be sewn up on the weekend! Thanks for the great patterns Tilly!

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  15. I've used this gorgeous fabric to make a skirt for my daughter but in the pink colourway.
    Currently I'm finishing off a quilt I'm making for a friend and then it will be a toss up between another colourblock Coco (my daughter nicked my last one!) or Deer and Doe's Reglisse dress.

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  16. Goal indeed! Best Delphine ever. Who needs horns when you've got cool shades? Love it! x

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  17. Hi Tilly,
    congrats for your new Delphine skirt, I like it! I've 1/2 m of an Echino cotton-linen canvas fabric, do you think that can be enough for this skirt? (I've your book, but in this moment I don't remember how much fabric it takes for this model).
    Now I'm working on my new Coco shirt (a long shirt) as you can see on my Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/p7TzL1pT9n/?modal=true

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    1. I love your Coco!

      Alas, you'll need 1.3m of the Echino fabric for Delphine, or 1m of a wider fabric (150cm wide).

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  18. Hi Tilly! That fabric is all kinds of awesome! I've just finished my first Tilly make - the Coco top, complete with funnel neck and cuffs. I'm actually quite proud of myself, thank you for such a clear set of instructions! You can see it here: www.chrissiecrafts.blogspot.co.uk - I'm shopping for fabric for my next Tilly make today! Chrissie x

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  19. Looks super cute! And thanks for the lining tutorial. Will come in handy I'm sure.

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  20. I bought the Echino stag fabric to make this skirt. I always wash my fabric before I sew, but this fabric got discolored. Has anyone else experienced this?

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