More Adventures in Dressmaking: Clemence Skirt no.4 and a Velvet Jumper 

Spring is trying to spring all around us here in England as I write and I’m very happy about this as it means I can wear my spring and summer clothes without getting frozen!  I’ve been championing spring clothes for a couple of weeks now and have felt rather chilly!
Here is my fourth Clemence Skirt (from the Love at First Stitch book by Tilly Walnes). I’ve made this using the Fruit Drop print by Cotton and Steel, which I bought from Fabric Fox when they had a sale on. I LOVE this print! It’s quilting cotton which I’ve never actually used for dressmaking before, and it’s actually perfect for this style of skirt as it has a bit of body to give a lovely shape. I’ve got a couple of other pieces of quilting cotton in my stash waiting to become dresses and they might move up the queue rather quickly now! 


The waistband is a little loose, I think I stretched it before I sewed it so I might have to take it in a bit. I really like the longer length though, I prefer longer skirts for the summer.


Shoes from Boden a couple of years ago, can’t believe how perfectly they go with this skirt! 


Next up is a sort of self drafted sweatshirt, in velvet! I made this a few months ago, but have really struggled to take any decent photos of it. The fabric is a stretch velvet from Fabric Godmother, it’s in a lovely petrol blue colour and is beautifully soft. I used the neckline and sleeve heads from the Moneta Dress pattern by Colette, but altered the bodice shape and sleeve shape so it is a little looser and boxy. I also added a neckband which sticks up ever so slightly, but I don’t mind.  I was really careful when I cut it out to make sure all the velvet ‘strokes’ the same way, however this created the unforeseen problem that when I try to put a jacket or coat on over the top the sleeves stick and bunch up in an uncomfortable way to the jacket’s sleeves! So it’s not had as much wear as I thought it would but now it’s warmer weather (yay!) I’ll not be needing a jacket! 


I’ve chopped my head off in some photos as I had to edit the photos so much to try and accurately show the velvet colour, and I started to look like I was an alien. You’ll just have to trust me on the colour, it’s nicer than the pictures! I like it with my mustard scarf.

Have a lovely crafty week 
Teresa xx

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6 thoughts on “More Adventures in Dressmaking: Clemence Skirt no.4 and a Velvet Jumper 

  1. Love the skirt, super love those shoes and the blue velvet is so pretty. It’s around this time of year that I get the urge to make dresses and skirts. I’ve got a few in the wardrobe but I’m not brave enought to wear them in this weather. Strictly warm weather only!

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    1. Thank you thank you! Don’t get to wear those shoes much these days but they are perfect for this skirt!
      Summer weather really does inspire some summery dressmaking, I hope you get a chance to do some sewing! I’ve been wearing some nice woolly tights with summer skirts recently- I know, such a trend setter! 😄😄

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