When is a Skirt Not a Skirt??

Carol Bentley
by Carol Bentley
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Brrrr!! Boy is it getting chilly in England! It's a good job I've got my lovely new maxi skirt to keep me snug. Hang on in with me and I'll show you how I made it and how to style it two ways, giving you all the cosy vibes!!

The fabric I chose was this gorgeously saturated Cotton Twill in Forest shade from Minerva Atelier Brunette Cotton Linen Twill Fabric | 1273239 | Minerva Its a lovely weight and great colour, just perfect for the autumn and coming winter. I have wanted to make a maxi skirt for ages and adapted the Nina Lee London Kew skirt pattern, by lengthening it by 10 inches! Kew – PDF sewing pattern (sizes 6-20) (ninalee.co.uk) The pattern is great, it gives two different dress patterns and also a skirt, so great value for money!

The skirt is actually quite a straightforward and speedy make. With the first step being joining the back skirt panel to the two front sections.

Once the side seams are stitched, we add the button and buttonhole bands, they are strengthened slightly by the addition of a strip of iron on interfacing. (Thats the white strip you can see in this image)

Now were adding the waistband, before the buttonholes and stitching on the buttons. Just a quick hem and were ready to show it off!!

Tadaa!! Here it is in all its glory, I'm wearing it with a cosy hand knit and a contrast blouse for all the warm winter feelings!!

But do you remember me saying when is a skirt not a skirt?

Well, a skirt is not a skirt when it's a faux dress!! I loved the fabric sooo much that I had to make a matching shirt! Here it is styled together. The best of both worlds in my opinion, a dress but also two separates which I can wear together or separately!!

I really hope you like my skirt; I have worn this so many times in the last few weeks since it came off my sewing machine!!

I snapped these lovely pictures in the North Yorkshire town of Boroughbridge.

Suggested materials:
  • 2m Cotton Twill in Forest colourway   (Minerva.com)
  • Nina Lee Kew skirt and dress pattern   (Nina Lee London patterns)
  • A scrap of interfacing   (Minerva.com)
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