Posted Monday, 10 December, 2018
I’m back with another make, courtesy of my friends at Indie Stitches*.
This time I want to have a short and sweet chat about the Dominique Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons. You may have seen her already on my Instagram, because a make this good cannot be kept aside for blogging purposes, as I’m certain you’ll all agree!
Dominique was actually my first make postpartum (I know that I’ve blogged since then, but somehow she’s always been in the wash come photo time!). I had to ease myself back into things and sew in little pockets of time. Additionally, I found that my focus wasn’t at its best, due to the distraction of being in that newborn baby bubble (a beautiful time, to be sure!). For me personally, my senses were so attuned to Flynn that even when I wasn’t with him or holding him, he was all that I could think about. It was very instinctive and quite interesting as I’ve not experienced those sorts of feelings before.
All this to say, a simple flared skirt with an elasticated waist was a good choice for someone wanting to put some spring in their step and some flare in their wardrobe.
- I made my Dominique out of a beautiful Art Gallery Cotton ‘Flower Glory Evening’ from the Drapery (sadly, no longer available). I had been saving it to make one of my vintage patterns, but decided a simple skirt would better serve my immediate needs.
- The version that I made was the ‘midi flared skirt with sash’.
- I DID NOT cut this pattern on the bias ( for this version you're supposed to for maximum 'swishiness'). I wasn’t paying attention and had to wear the mistake (pun intended). It wasn’t a critical error, just a silly one. I should have checked the pattern markings. Overall it affected the drape of the skirt a little, but not so much as to stop me from enjoying it. (If I didn’t tell you, would you have noticed?)
- Rather than using elastics or ribbons I made some little rouleau loops as belt loops out of my fabric. It’s quite simple to do and only takes a few minutes.
- The pocket construction is sweet and adds a little interest to a simple make.
is rated as an ‘easy’ pattern. If you’re short on time or just starting out
sewing and want a comfortable, impactful skirt I’d definitely suggest giving this pattern a go - especially leading up to Christmas. Elastic waists mean more
room for pudding, don’t they?