OK, there's not really anything picnic blanket-y about my version of Tilly's skirt. I was going to call it my 'Saucy Sailor' skirt, but there isn't anything remotely saucy about a knee length skirt either, so 'Sailor Skirt' it is. I made this last weekend and have already worn in twice.
Here's my project review:
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I thought it was a great classic pattern for a type of skirt I knew would suit me, and I would get a lot of use from. Although the mathematics you need to calculate the size of the pattern pieces might look daunting, they really aren't, and it's interesting to see the calculations that go behind making the pattern work. You'll need to work out the size of the pieces before going fabric shopping, but I ended up buying 2.3 metres (as Tilly did) and this was a good amount for me.
Of course, the skirt is customisable, so you'd be able to use less fabric if you made it less gathered.
Fabric & Notions
Kitschy striped anchor print cotton and red buttons from Remnant Kings. I'd spotted this fabric a couple of weeks ago and when Tilly blogged about the pattern, I knew that this skirt was the perfect project for it. A dress made from this fabric would have felt too much like a costume (for my tastes!), but a skirt was perfect. This would be the ideal skirt to wear to a Jubilee River Pageant - shame I'm a bit late!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
Tilly's pattern is a set of instructions which can be customised to suit, but I didn't do much different apart from make a wider waistband (2" instead of 1.5"). Her recommended gathering amount of 2.1 was spot on for me (this might not make sense till you've read the pattern!).
Would you sew it again and do anything different next time?
I'd definitely make it again. Next time I would make the pockets a little higher up, probably just below the waistband.
Did you use any new techniques?
Yes! I used mock French seams. I didn't need to, but decided to try the technique out.
Would you recommend it to others?
I'm really happy with my new skirt, and only wish I'd taken a photo of me twirling in it!
p.s I've linked this posted into Ta Dah! Tuesday, hosted by Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping.