Have you heard about Tilda fabric? I hope you have, because it’s awesome! Tilda fabric was actually the first fabric I bought after I got my sewing machine (I bought a pack of fat quarters on Amazon because I had no idea how to shop fabric back then). This year I used up all my Tilda leftover fabric for making my sewing machine cover. When White Tree Fabrics asked me to join their blogging team I was super excited that they had Tilda fabric in stock. All I had to do was find the right pattern to go with it.
White Tree Fabrics specialise in dressmaking fabrics, haberdashery and patterns.They have all Tilly & The Buttons patterns in stock and I thought why not add the Miette to my Tilly pattern collection?
After forcing the Mr. to help me pick a nice Tilda cotton, I finally went for the “Ella Slate Blue”. All Tilda prints are very romantic in style and since this one also looked a bit like washed denim I thought it would be perfect for a skirt. The fabric quality is amazing, it’s quite heavy-weight and very very smooth. It was really nice to sew with. I did my best to match the pattern and have to say that I did quite well. You can barely see the pockets!
Now let’s talk about the pattern! I was a bit worried that the Miette might not be my cup of tea. I’m not a big 1970’s fan and those pockets just seemed to scream 70’s to me! As I had more than enough fabric, I decided to make the version with the pockets anyway.
Furthermore, I was also worried that the A-line shape of the skirt might not fall softly and therefore look a bit frumpy on myself (all this was suddenly going through my head as I was cutting out the fabric and I was starting to doubt my decision).
The pattern itself was really straightforward and the instructions so clear and detailed that the skirt came together without any problems in only a couple of hours. I made a size 3 which I did not grade up to a larger size at the hips – it’s a wrap skirt, so I though I would be fine.
I overlocked all seams with off-white thread and pressed them open. I hemmed the skirt with my machine, about 1.5cm from the edge, after folding it over twice.
The skirt doesn’t need any zips or buttons, it simply closes by tying it in the front. There is a tiny hole in the waistband (see pic below) where you pull one tie through and then join it with the other one in the front to make a bow. I still haven’t figured out how to tie it so it looks like a nice bow, not just like a crooked propeller. The ties have a nice length, not too long and not too short.
I really was pleasantly surprised by the fit of the Miette Skirt. It didn’t look 1970’s frumpy at all. The skirt drapes quite beautifully and you can barely see the large pockets, which are super practical (hiding large smartphones)!
Overall the skirt fits nicely and the back panels overlap enough to not risk flashing people. You only have to be careful when you come back from the ladies that you pull everything back in place before you step out of the door. It’s worth double checking in the mirror! (Don’t ask me how I know this!)
I quite like the pattern and will probably make the skirt again, maybe even in a softer fabric and without the pockets. The only thing I’m not so happy with is the big bow, as it is not too flattering sitting right on top of your tummy and I also noticed that I can’t wear my lovely pussy bow blouses with it 🙁 Two propellers in the front looks just veeery awkward. Too bad!
When I ordered my fabric I also asked the lovely White Tree Fabric team to add some Tilda ribbon to the mix:
It’s the Sally Blue Green Tilda ribbon. I wanted to add it onto the skirt hem or waistband, but although it’s basically the same print (if you look closely you can see it) it just looked really odd on the skirt, so I had to discard that idea. Luckily, I have a bit of the fabric left and will make a cushion cover with it and will use the pretty trim to embellish it! (You can look forward to more Tilda action!)
White Tree Fabrics just annouced that they now have all the By Hand London patterns in stock, whoop, whoop! Guess what I will be making next? I’m really looking forward to my next White Tree Fabrics make and already started planning 🙂
What are your thoughts on the Miette Skirt? Have you made it? Are you planning to?
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9 thoughts on “A Tilda-Miette Skirt – It’s a wrap!”
Lovely skirt, does it wrap round safely? I have had many embarrassing revealing incidents with wraps! Could you make the ties longer so it knots at the back? Then you wouldn’t have bows in front. Or could you lose the bows by putting a buttonhole on the tie, & a button on the waistband?
It does wrap around safely, so no worries! I wouldn’t want to make the ties any longer, but a button closures sounds like a good idea. I think Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher did that. If I make the skirt again, I will definitely try the button closure alternative!
I don’t use a bow on a wrap round I tie a reef knot which lies flat!! 😀
Very cute. I really like the Miette skirt, it’s so wearable, though I have to agree with you that the bow in front can be a bit awkward. Have you seen Lladybird’s version without the ties? http://lladybird.com/2014/03/31/completed-the-tie-less-miette/ I’m so tempted to try that.
I’m tempted now, as well 🙂
When I had my first baby girl, I went to show her to a friend. She had a beautiful little dress for her. She showed me how to make the perfect bow. It’s ever so simple. I hope this helps you. When you make your knot, before tying your bow, one side will go up and one will go down. Be sure to always make your first loop with the side that heads down. Then, your bow should turn out right ever time. Well, better than if you use the top side, anyway. Like I said, I hope that helps. There. I’ve done my good deed of the day!
That’s sounds super easy and very helpful! Thanks!x
Ooo! I love this skirt, and the fabric is gorgeous.