This skirt pattern is from Till’s first book ‘Love at First Stitch‘. This is a brilliant book, if you are just starting out into dressmaking it is well worth investing in. The book comes with paper patterns and is beautifully written with detailed step by step instructions with photos.
This skirt does not have a printed pattern with actual pieces to trace or cut, Tilly gives you the formula to create your own pieces using your body measurements.
My version is knee length, made from a floral cotton stretch sateen bought from eBay. It is really comfortable and has a good amount of stretch with a bit of a sheen. I made the skirt to wear to an afternoon tea hosted by the lovely Sarah and Freya from Crafty Sew and So . They have a lovely shop in Leicester City Centre full of gorgeous fabric, haberdashery and more. We were celebrating the recent launch of their new pattern range “My Handmade Wardrobe’ They also run a variety of different workshops to suit all levels.
The skirt is gathered but you could also use fork pleats instead for a different look. The construction is very easy, the only ‘tricky part’ as such is the invisible zip (the more zips you put in the easier it becomes). Tilly guides you through with her amazingly detailed step by step instructions.
The Clemence skirt has 3 pattern pieces, the front, the back and a waistband. tip for gathering is to sew the three gathering threads in a contrasting thread to your fabric, this is genius! I must admit I almost didn’t do this as it meant re-threading my machine for the three rows of stitching and then re-threading again back to my matching thread. I would say, it is definitely worth taking the time to do this step, it is a great tip!
I have seen loads of great versions of this skirt on social media and want to make a few more. My skirt felt very luxurious to wear and I love floral fabrics so it was an all round win!