This skirt has been a real case of slow fashion! I was given the pattern in 2018 for Christmas, along with the fabric and its taken me until this year to finish it!
The Ness Skirt by Tilly and The Buttons is a fly front skirt with pockets, designed to be made from woven fabric with some stretch.
I used a stretch needle cord from Fabric Godmother, with a large vintage style floral pattern. The fabric has a silky feel to it, which is rather luxurious, and it has plenty of stretch. I tried to place my pattern pieces carefully to make the most of the floral print and I’m fairly happy with how that has turned out. For the pocket bags I used some thin cotton I had in my fabric stash. I also used a lovely vintage button from my button jar that was the perfect colour.
This is probably one of the trickiest garments I’ve made in a long while, however due to the (as usual) excellent instructions it never felt like it was too hard. The online video tutorial on how to do the fly front zip was fantastic; as I’ve never done a fly front before I watched it once before starting, then just paused the video as I sewed along. Really helpful stuff!
I made the Ness skirt in my usual size from TATB, a size 3, and its come up a bit too big. It sits on my hips rather than waist, as intended which is a bit annoying. I don’t knowing if its my fault for not understanding the sizing (maybe there is negative ease at the waist) or whether I have stretched the fabric out a bit whilst making. It is wearable though, and also not too short to wear without tights when the weather eventually gets a bit warmer.
I’ll definitely make it again, at some point! It’s such a handy style of skirt. I don’t think I would use fabric any thicker than needle cord as it all started to get a bit too thick at points when sewing the waist band on, which my machine wasn’t too happy about. For that reason I didn’t turn the waistband under, I overlocked the edge and did a ‘stitch in the ditch’ to hold it in place. I also used the Teflon coated foot on my sewing machine to help the fabric slide better, as going against the pile was hard going too.
The Ness Skirt was a very satisfying make, something to get stuck into after a bit of a dressmaking break. My next dressmaking project lined up is the Winslow Culottes from Helen’s Closet , really looking forward to making them!