The Making of A Delphine Skirt

The Delphine Skirt from Love At First Stitch is my first completed article of clothing for myself. It was truly a labor of love and learning.

I sewed up two skirts before producing the beautiful blue one I now have. The initial attempt had seams that didn’t align and the waist was too small. On the second attempt, I used cheap fabric from Wal-Mart that didn’t feel good on the skin and I ended up hating the design. It worked out though because it allowed me to perfect my fit (sort of) for the third try.

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The third attempt (excuse my “model” face) was really easy to sew together. Tilly’s instructions are clear and concise. But, I did need an additional viewing aid for the invisible zipper. That was a hard concept for me to understand. Too much flipping! I also made the mistake of purchasing an exposed zipper instead of an invisible zipper. Figuring that out was a frustrating hour!

My completed skirt has all its seams matching but the waist is still a tad bit big. Not too big I won’t wear it, it just sticks out on the sides a little. I had to keep telling myself it was a learning process and to not worry that my first completed skirt wasn’t absolutely perfect in every way. :sigh:

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Because of my irregularly fitting skirt, I signed up for Joi Mahon’s fitting class on craftsy. I figured if I was going to be making more garments, I want them to fit me without the weird nuances. I mean, that is why I started sewing in the first place. My petite frame and short torso make ready-to-wear clothing fit weird.

So…more to come on that class!

Thanks to everyone who has started following my blog as well! What are some troubles you’ve had? (If you are a sewer)

4 thoughts on “The Making of A Delphine Skirt

  1. Amy-June says:

    Don’t worry too much, it looks great! Love the colour too! I’m impressed with your perseverance to make it three times!! I wouldn’t have managed that! I have the same problem with the waistband on most of my Tilly patterns … They either gape on the sides or in the hollow of my back. I think she designs them to sit somewhere slightly different on the body to where I would wear it! So I am going to keep practicing for that perfect waist fit!

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