You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold…
Do you think Eva Cassidy ever wore gold denim?
I finally made a Beignet skirt, using:
- gold denim bought in Mood, New York, when I met up with Elizabeth from SEWN.
- 12 gorgeous buttons from my weekend in Hay on Wye, Wales
- Lining fabric bought from the Textile Centre, Walthamstow, London
This skirt is a multinational item! It should have a seat at the UN.
Sewing with this denim was like trying to wrestle. Did I use interfacing on the skirt facing, as recommended in the pattern? No, I ruddy well didn’t! The fabric is capable of standing up, walking out of the door and picking a fight. It needs no help or strengthening from me. The teeny-tiny belt loops had to be made twice the pattern size so that I could turn the denim inside out. (Even then my final belt loops are fairly ropey.) My Bernina sewing machine battled on through thick layers and proved that it’s a real workhorse.
It took me an hour and a half to sew those twelve buttons on. Jeez, boring! I know exactly how long this took, because I am taking careful notes as part of Tilly’s Sewing Productivity Project.
12 Beautiful Buttons
I also added a sneaky secret contrast fabric on the pockets:
I was always anxious about this fabric. The possibilities of looking like Bet Lynch were sky high but I felt a curious need to just KNOW if I could pull this off. I think it works, though tell me the truth if you disagree! (When I say ‘tell me the truth’ I mean ‘smile politely and lie through your teeth’.)
What are my conclusions about the pattern, other than that I love it?
- It’s clever. There’s not a single dart in this skirt, but a gorgeous shape.
- It’s quite taxing for what looks like a relatively straightforward skirt. This isn’t a simple make, with all those panels, buttonholes and buttons.
- Tilly’s right – the curved edges of lining and facing that have to be sewn together are a bit of a ‘mare. Use lots of pins close together!
- I felt sick as I sewed the buttonholes. This step comes right at the end of the make. One misplaced buttonhole and you’ve screwed a week’s work.
- I added a couple of inches to the length, as I’d like to wear this with bare legs and no one wants to see my knees.
- The sizing I chose ran a teeny bit large, but nothing that a generous seam couldn’t fix.
I want to make another Beignet skirt immediately in black as I know that will easily become a go-to item in my wardrobe.
In short, Colette Patterns does it again. Another winner! But you already knew that, didn’t you? I am probably the last person on the planet to have made this skirt.
Not such a trend setter, after all. But I am immensely proud that I’ve managed to make a decent outfit out of the fabric that was bought with Elizabeth in tow and flown with me all the way back to London. Every time I pull this skirt on, I will think of Elizabeth and her lovely son. What better reason to wear denim?