Hoorah, at last I've finished my Beignet skirt from Collette Patterns and I'm SSOOO pleased with it.
I made it in a navy cotton drill with red detailing. The pattern was great to work with and I whipped through it, until I got to the section that made me break out in a cold sweat - the twelve buttons and buttonholes. I know some sewers have certain sewing tasks they hate/can't do very well - well buttons and buttonholes are definitely mine. I took me almost the same amount of time to make the buttonholes and sew on the buttons than it did to sew the entire rest of the skirt. I just about managed to get them done without ruining the whole thing, apart from one rogue one that unfortunately looks like the Frankenstein's monster of buttonholes. This was thanks to a last minute slip of the hand with the seam ripper (and yes, it was the LAST buttonhole after 11 perfect ones, sob!) Once the skirt is buttoned up though, you don't even notice it, as my husband helpfully told me whilst I was mopping up my tears.
Things I liked about this pattern:
1) The instructions. As ever, lovely and clear and easy to follow.
2) The fit. I cut out my size and didn't have to make one adjustment, it fitted me like a glove. I know some bloggers have had problems with the fit, so I think my body shape and this style just happen to be a good match. I'm on the curvy side so maybe this helps?
3) The design. I love the way the skirt is put together, it's so clever. I particularly like the facings (which I'm so pleased I made in a contrast fabric, thanks Tilly for the idea!) and the lining which neatly covers over all the seams underneath.
|Look at the facing!|
4) The fact that the skill level is Intermediate! I'm feeling super pleased with myself about this one particularly!
Here's one last look at the contrasting pockets.