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My first ever skirt!

I made my first ever skirt!

My finished skirt


I used the Delphine pattern from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons fame. I used a medium weight blue denim from John Lewis and I also bought a 8 inch invisible zip. This is the first time I've used a zip let alone put one in a skirt!


I found the instructions clear and easy to follow although on a couple of occasions I did wish the pictures were a little larger! It's a simple pattern for a super cute A line skirt and perfect for a beginner like me. The skirt has a waistband and an invisible zip. There are also ideas for adapting the skirt such as adding belt loops or decorating with buttons. 


The zip was actually easier to insert than I thought it would be although it's certainly not perfect. It took me ages to work out how to attach my invisible zipper foot to my machine though! 



Not invisible but not bad for my first attempt!

I made a size 5 (Tilly's patterns go from size 1 to 8 rather than using standard sizes) based on my measurements.  The finished skirt came out about an inch and a half bigger than the finished garment measurement listed in the book so it's a little  on the loose side. If I made this pattern again (and I think I will!), I'd go down a size as I think this skirt looks best more fitted at the waist. 

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  1. I love this! I have just started to make it myself. How did you find using denim? I wanted to use denim but wasn't sure what it sewed like so went for a medium-weight cotton instead! Maybe I will try denim next time x

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    1. Thanks so much Georgia. The denim was fine to work with. It was a medium weight and it is nice as the skirt has a real A line definition to it. It's a little too loose round the middle so have to wear it a bit lower as it came up bigger than I expected following the measurements. The only thing I would do differently is use a contrasting fabric for the facing as that was a little thick to sew - I got this idea from Handmade Jane.

      . Hope your skirt turns out well x

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