Sew Over It – Tulip Skirt

close upfull lengthHands on hipsSo I’m only a short way into my dressmaking adventure, but I’m definitely hooked. I love the feeling I get when I finally master a new technique such as adding a pocket, or piping. I only wish there were more hours in the day. And that’s the only excuse I have for this Tulip Skirt taking me almost 5 months to finish. Gah. But I did manage to master the whole pocket and piping thing. I think.

Lisa Comfort, of Sew Over It, designed this little gem for us to feature as a 3-part sew along in Simply Sewing (issues 5-7). Did you give it a go? It’s really cute. I used a linen-style fabric in navy with white stars, and burgundy red piping, for a rather (unintentional!) patriotic look. I made it in a size 14 (what I’d normally buy on the high street) and the fit was perfect. I was worried it would be a little tight, but the sizing was really accurate and the shape is very comfortable. I’ve only just discovered Mad Men (yes I know, where have I been?) but I’ve already added her Betty Dress to my wish list.

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