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Delphine Skirt & Hack

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In my last post I talked about making my new fabulous 40’s style shirt. I needed something to pair the shirt with and I eventually decided to make myself the Delphine from the book “Love at First Stitch”  by  Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons.

It was last fall when I got a copy of “Love at First Stitch”  by  Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons. Sadly though I didn’t have a chance to make much more than the Brigitte Scarf from chapter 1.

Delphine Skirt

I’d been wanting to make the Delphine skirt for a long time, it seemed like an easy enough pattern and I need more versatile skirts in my wardrobe. However, I never seemed to get around to it until now.

I had come across some lovely pink denim like material in my stash, and knew it would be just enough for a skirt.

My Pink Delphine Skirt
My Pink Delphine Skirt

Skirt Construction

I cut the pattern as directed and followed the direction pretty much as the it read in the book. I did add the optional belt loops to the skirt. I often wear my skirts with belts so I thought this would be perfect. The belt loops came out great.

Pairing my Delphine skirt with one of my fave belts
Pairing my Delphine skirt with one of my fave belts

The only other change I made was the hem. I wanted a slightly longer skirt, so I used hem facing to sew up the hem, instead of turning the bottom of the skirt. I think it’s just the right length.

Delphine Hack

After completing one Delphine skirt I felt like I needed another. This time I knew I wanted it to be made of blue denim.

As it so happens I had some lovely light blue denim in my stash. The problem was that I didn’t have enough of it to cut the front on the fold or for a waistband.

I thought about it for a while and decided that I would add a ¼ inch past the fold line so that I could cut two pieces for the front and sew them together. This meant I now had a front seam, but it looked okay with me.

Delphine hack skirt with contrasting waist band and hem
Delphine hack skirt with contrasting waist band and hem

As for the waistband I had some scrap fabric of a blue, kind of country-style fabric with hearts and stuff on it. There wasn’t much there but I thought it would make a good contrast to the blue denim and the blue matched well. Since I was limited on fabric and cut the skirt a bit shorter anyways, I decided to also added some to the bottom trim of the skirt to add a bit more length.

I sewed the skirt the same way as the first only of course this time with the ¼ seam in the front. This time I took my time and bound all the inside seams, making for some pretty skirt guts. 

The guts of my Delphine hack skirt
The guts of my Delphine hack skirt

Once the waistband was attached my hubby suggested I add more of the contrasting fabric in some way. I decided on adding a cute heart shaped patch pocket to the front. It totally makes the skirt more whimsical.

Heart patch pocket
Heart patch pocket

Skirt Love

I’m totally in love with my two Delphine skirts.

Me posing in my pretty pink Delphine skirt
Me posing in my pretty pink Delphine skirt
Me posing in my Delphine hack skirt
Me posing in my Delphine hack skirt

Since the pattern is pretty easy and easy to modify if needed I can definitely see myself making this skirt again and again.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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