I am so incredibly happy with this Madeleine skirt from Victory Patterns. I think this length is very hit and miss for someone who is 6ft tall, and of a ‘powerful’ build (my friends don’t call me Hagrid for nothing..) but thankfully it works. I was tooing and froing over what material to use, and finally settled on a really soft and lovely dark blue cotton twill that won’t be too hot to wear in the summer. I bought this together with some pretty golden buttons from Dalston Mill Fabrics.
I know I haven’t exactly been very creative my choice of colours for this pattern, but blue fabric with a dark yellow thread for the top stitch just felt like the obvious choice. I used some lovely vintage cotton fabric that I bought this weekend as pocket lining.
I really enjoyed sewing this skirt. The instructions were incredibly clear, and the only thing I struggled with was the waistband button hole, which was being a bit of a arsehole. Anyway, I got there in the end (at 1am last night…)! This is definitely a pattern I can recommend to other newbies like myself.
Please ignore my frizzy hair and awful shoes…
And finally, a button close-up…
Thanks to my lovely colleague Joanna for playing fashion photographer!
My main insights from this project are:
- Don’t try to sew button holes on bulky parts of a garment – it will make you want to punch something
- Sew gauges will make your life insanely easy when sewing hems
Now I’m eagerly awaiting my Coco pattern to arrive in the post so that I can start my next project…