17 October 2014

Red Button Delphine Skirt



I've been daydreaming about making this skirt for months now, and finally made the time to stitch it up this week. My other four Delphine skirts (pattern in my book) get worn all the time, and I wanted to add a red one to the collection. There's something about red that instantly makes an outfit feel more special, I find - even if it's a simple skirt thrown on with a stripy top, AKA my signature style! A-line mini skirts are on trend (en trende, if you will) right now, apparently - not that I pay much attention to trends, but there is something so lovely about wearing a little skirt over wooly tights on chilly Autumnal days, don't you think?



The fabric is gabardine, one of my favourite materials to sew with, and perfect for this skirt as it holds the structured shape really nicely. Although it does tend to get a little crumpled and creased! I covered some buttons in the same fabric and hand stitched them onto the front. I lined the skirt with this polka dot lining in my stash - here's a tutorial on lining the skirt that I wrote a few months back if you want to do likewise.


I'm teaching a workshop on how to make this skirt on Saturday 25 October at my studio - I'm really looking forward to seeing what fabrics everyone chooses!

What have you been sewing recently, please?

25 comments:

  1. love that skirt and combination ! well done !

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  2. Love a red skirt! I've made a bhl holly jumpsuit and am goin to make a Delphine from some tweedy wool.

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  3. I love this red version! I am currently sewing your Megan dress in a blue floral poplin.

    http://thestylishstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I Love red clothes and this skirt is Fabulous. Also your shoes are super cute. Thanks Tilly.

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  5. This is so cute on you! Love the double rows of buttons! I'm about to start a giant, drapey top- not enough tops in my wardrobe!

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  6. I recently sewed up a delphine skirt from love at first stitch and wrote a blog post about it!

    http://whydidimakethat.blogspot.co.uk/
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhyDidIMakeThat

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  7. That is a beautiful red. I'm not sewing anything for myself just now but I am through to the semi-final of The Great Moray Sewing Bee (a local version of the British Bee but without the TV). One of us will go home tomorrow and the final 3 will face off next Saturday.

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    1. Im starting with my Delphine skirt later tonight. Will be making it from dark blue canvas. Still deciding whether I want to customize it or go with less is more...
      As for red - it adds excitement to any look! When my my hair is red I gravitate towards cool colours, and when my hair is not red I cannot resist wearing red items like that gorgeous skirt of yours.

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  9. Love the lining! It gives the skirt an extra funny touch!

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  10. I love a good red skirt! Yours is, of course, tres magnifique!

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  11. I made a red corduroy Delphine the other week so I know exactly what you mean about a nice red skirt feeling special!

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  12. Gah! This is super cute! It's my favorite color too and the lining is the icing on the cake! Lovely job! I've got a fleece Lola cut out and ready to sew..

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  13. Who doesn't like a red skirt? (Especially with dots on the lining...) My 50's jacket with padded hips is FINALLY finsihed - and my sewing table really needs some clearing up!

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  14. The skirt looks so cosy and I love the covered buttons. I'm very excited because today I brought some pink dotty fabric for my second pair of Margots!

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  15. Ahh, I love the buttons! I thought the Clemence is more my style (currently writing a blog post about it :P ) but the button idea has inspired me to make a Delphine! :D

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  16. Very cute, gabardine is a great choice for this shape :) Good to hear that I'm not the only one to dream of garments for months before MAYBE getting them done :D

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  17. Aww, that's such a lovely skirt! And I love how you've combined it. Red and stripes - that's just my thing, as well.
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Cheers, M.

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  18. So pretty! Your workshop is on my birthday! Do you think my husband would agree to let me fly over to the U.K. for next weekend? Haha. I'm currently sewing up a navy and white polka dotted Cynthia Rowley dress. Very excited about it, it is the first lined garment I've ever made!

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  19. I've just made a Delphine with covered buttons. Thx for the idea. I did the waistband in puppy tooth wool as well as buttons. Pic on twitter

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  20. Cute! Such a great colour.
    Well done.

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  21. I just made my first ever item of clothing, a delphine skirt! Super pleased with it! Just one question. At the top of the waistband where it sits at my waist it sort of sticks out a little. I am not sure if this means the waistband should be a touch smaller or whether I should make the waistband more angled rather than straight as I curve in quite a lot to my waist. I have a small waistbut curved not straight hips. Any advice?

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    1. Yay! Im so pleased L & A!

      It sounds like you need to taper your waistband a little bit so it curves a bit more for your small waist. You can pin and measure the excess on the sides of the waistband. Open it up and separate the waistband from the facing, then sew the side seams with a larger seam allowance to remove the excess, and finally sew back together again. Does that help?? I hope so!

      Happy Sewing :)

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    2. Ah yes ok that makes sense, I couldn't work out which bits I had to make smaller, will give it a go!

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    3. It worked a treat, thank you!

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