Monday, 27 June 2016

Budgie skirt

A week or two ago I promised you a budgie skirt on the blog, and today's the day! Isn't it lovely?! I helped my friend Emma make it using the-pattern-that-can-do-no-wrong (New Look 6217) and I think the statement fabric works perfectly with this simple pattern.


The fabric is from Ditto Fabrics and is a Japanese cotton/linen blend (80% cotton, 20% linen). It's a lovely combination as it has the texture and feel of linen, but the high cotton content means you don't get lots of tiresome creasing.

We spent a little while thinking about pattern placement as Emma wanted a couple of her favourite budgies to feature prominently.


If you look closely, you'll see some of them are wearing collar and ties! There's even a cockatoo thrown in for good measure.


Size-wise we cut a size 12 with a couple of minor adjustments - increased the width of the back darts to allow for Emma's slight sway back, shaved a tiny bit off the hips and lengthened the skirt by 1½". Emma cut out the fabric and sewed the basic shell of the skirt together and I stepped in to add the invisible zip and twill tape to the waist - a splendid joint effort!


The classic shape and oatmeal colour means she'll be able to pair it with lots of different coloured tops for summer. And there's no need to worry about pattern clashes - I'm reliably informed that budgies are a neutral...

I leave you with the lovely Geoff Capes - former strongman and budgie fancier. Guaranteed to cheer you up on a Monday morning! x








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23 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Well done Emma (and you of course)!

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  2. Stunning well done you two K xXx

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  3. And co-ordinates with the wallpaper too - love it!

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    1. It co-ordinates with her entire house - everything's bird-themed! x

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  4. superb fabric I am lusting after it...how cheep was it???
    Ash xxx

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    1. Aha - I see what you did there with 'cheep', very clever! xx

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  5. That fabric is just excellent!! The little ties are so fun :)
    Hannah x

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    1. I agree, the fabric is ace! x

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  6. Gorgeous skirt, and OMG I had a major crush on Geoff Capes back in the day!

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    1. He was certainly a fine figure of a man! x

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  7. BIRD FABRIC OMG I have to find this. Great job, team Budgie!

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    1. It's amazing fabric, it's from here: https://www.dittofabrics.co.uk/linen-mixture-dress-fabrics/budgie-design-cotton-and-linen-fabric. They also have it in a gold colourway, just saying! x

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  8. So gorgeous, the fabric is amazing and the fit is great, I want one!

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    1. Aw thank you! It's an easy skirt to make. x

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  9. I love that pattern too. Jo x

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    1. It'a a corker isn't it?! I have another skirt for me cut out ready and waiting! x

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  10. This is epic! What a fun skirt!

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    1. I know, it's lovely! She was wearing it on Sunday and looked fab! x

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  11. that looks stunning. love the fabric!

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