Handmade Tweed Skirt & ’70s Blouse

My latest sewing project and a favourite recent thrifting find.

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

After well and truly catching the dressmaking bug at my Red Thread Studio course during the Summer – which on this cold, crisp November morning feels like a lifetime ago – I was itching to get started on a new project. Having tried my hand at a Summer dress and enjoying the results, next on my to-make list was a versatile skirt for autumn/ winter. Here are the results of my sewing endeavours.

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

The great thing about dressmaking is translating an idea in your head into the finished product – I could visualise exactly the kind of style I had in mind. I love midi lengths and I wanted to make a tweedy skirt that would be perfect for the colder weather. When I found this grey fabric I thought it would be a great match for a ladylike midi. I love the subtle puppytooth pattern combined with the red check, although in hindsight the print did make matching more difficult (not to mention time-consuming) I’m pretty pleased with the results!

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

I didn’t find the exact pattern I was after, but this Butterick one was pretty close and I adapted it to make it longer. The pattern was supposedly ‘very easy’, but I think it made the pleats more complicated than they needed to be! That said, I do enjoy immersing myself in a sewing project for an hour or two at a time, and the finished product was worth the faff. Thanks to the colour and style, the skirt goes with everything – exactly the kind of versatile piece I had hoped to make.

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

Not long after finishing the skirt, I found this 1970s blouse in one of my favourite Edinburgh vintage shops Herman Brown, and thought it would be a match made in heaven. I love the ’70s take on Edwardian style that was so popular at the time thanks to the likes of Laura Ashley, and adore the stand-up collar, puffy sleeves and lace detailing. I felt a bit like Beatrix Potter in this ensemble, which I think is no bad thing – there’s nothing wrong with a bit of prim and proper if you ask me!

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

What have you been making and thrifting recently?

Handmade tweed skirt

Handmade tweed skirt

What I’m wearing: handmade skirt, vintage blouse from Herman Brown Edinburgh, Clarks boots & oxblood Cambridge Satchel.

8 comments

  1. nicole go says:

    Oh my, I so love that vintage women clothing outfit. I wish I can have the pattern of the design because I love sewing my own clothes especially when I’m at home for a vacation. i love your hair style, your top and skirt the bag and even the black stocking and shoes. You inspired me.! Thank you so much

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  5. Susanne says:

    Such a pretty blouse and a lovely and really practical skirt.

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