The first book I came across when I really got into dressmaking was Tilly’s “Love at first stitch”. I was literally seeing it everywhere, on blog posts, on Instagram, on everyone’s book collection. So I decided I HAD to have it! Here in Greece we have to wait like 15 days to get a book from Amazon, but I’m telling you, this one was so worth the waiting!
I call it my sewing bible, because it has everything a person needs to start making his/her own clothes. Not only it has technical stuff, like how to trace a pattern or how to insert a zipper, but it also contains 6 sewing patterns! Yes, that’s right!
One of the patterns that I was dying to try out was the Clemence skirt, a simple gathered skirt that Tilly teaches you how to draft yourself. It was in my sewing plans for months, but it was only last week that I finally made it. I drafted the pattern in 45 minutes while watching TV at night and the next day I cut my fabric and made the skirt. It took me almost 3 hours, mostly because I realized I had made the waistband too big and had to re-gather the skirt piece and re-insert the invisible zip.
In case you want to know how that happened since the pattern was drafted for my measurements, let me tell you. Tilly mentions that for your waist measurement you should measure your waist in the height you want your skirt to be. Since I don’t always like high waisted stuff and my natural waist sits quite high, I decided to measure a little lower. BUT when I tried the skirt one (and it was just before I was ready to handstitch the waistband’s facing, so yo can realize how nerve wrecking it was to unpick at this point) I didn’t like how it looked on me and if I pulled the skirt up it was too big to sit on my natural waist. Anyway, these things happened. I measured myself again and redrafted a waistband and it all went perfectly this time!
I really love this skirt. Not only the fabric was a complete bargain (it’s a 100% cotton that I got for 2 euros/metre) but it goes well with so many colors. I can wear it with a white top, with a pink top, with a purple top, even with orange! I wore it for lunch outside last Sunday with my pink cardi and it looked adorable!