4 March 2016

Lexy's Dominique Skirts

We've got Dominique skirts coming out of our ears here at Tilly and the Buttons HQ!

Lexy here today - office manager chez TATB - to show you what I've been making. If, like me, you're new to sewing, you'll be pleased to hear that the Dominique sewing pattern is a dream to make! I’m not the neatest or most patient of stitchers, and even I found these gorgeous skirts straightforward and a breeze to sew.

First up, here's my flared Dominique skirt. This fabulous floral material was kindly sent to me by the Fabric Godmother (thank you, Josie!). Sewing with more fluid fabric can be a bit daunting if you haven’t used it before, but the Dominique is a such a straightforward and easy-to-follow pattern that it was a great introduction to handling it.

I love how swishy the finished product is! I think this would look great teamed with gold heels and a fitted top for a night out. It is basically made for the dance floor, what with all the twirling capabilities.

A word of advice – when using a polyester fabric like this, make sure your iron isn’t too hot, otherwise you risk burning a tiny hole in your material, like I did. Whoops!

I also made a straight Dominique skirt in a beautiful green sailboat linen. This material has fantastic detail in the pattern, right down to the little sailors on deck, manning the rigging! The material itself is really easy to handle, and responds well to a hot, steamy iron. But not too hot – I’ve also read somewhere that you should iron linen on the wrong side whilst damp, so do bear that in mind if you use it.

It hangs really nicely, and is super comfortable to wear. As we all know, an elastic waistband is your best friend when you’ve had double portions at lunch and are fighting the overwhelming desire to nap. I’m really excited about wearing this skirt in the summer, with some white tennis shoes and a crisp cotton tee under a cropped denim jacket – I think it would be perfect for Wimbledon or a stroll in the park.

Tilly will check in next week to show you her Dominique skirts too. In the meantime, if you make a Dominique skirt, we'd love to see! Tag us on Instagram or Twitter @TillyButtons #SewingDominique. Can't wait to see yours!