Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt & Boden Breton

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

With the Summer holidays upon us in Scotland, I decided that it was high time to get stuck into a new sewing project. I love nothing more than getting totally absorbed in a pattern, whiling away an afternoon measuring, cutting and joining together all the parts of the fabric puzzle, transforming the mental image of an outfit into a finished garment. This outfit was the result of exactly that; I’ve been hunting for a perfect lightweight denim/ chambray skirt for ages, and having no thrifting or high street luck, I decided to take matters into my own hands!

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

I’ve had Tilly Walnes’ book Love at First Stitch for a while now (who you might know from the Great British Sewing Bee and her gorgeous blog, Tilly and the Buttons); every page is filled with inspiration, beautifully styled images and enviable props. I thought it was time to give one of the patterns a go myself and the Clémence skirt – a full, Dirndl-style skirt with a wide waistband – involved another level of challenge that I felt ready to try: drafting your own pattern.

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

The best thing about drafting your own pattern is that it’s made to fit your exact measurements, and here you can adapt the length/ fullness according to your style. I measured the skirt to sit high on the waist and in a midi length as a nod to ’50s style. The instructions were very clear in the main, and with Tilly’s help I’ve now mastered French seams, concealing a zip, gathers and stitching in the ditch! I was pretty pleased with the results (though please excuse the bus-induced creases here!) and fully intend to make Clémence a few co-ordinating friends soon. The chambray fabric is from John Lewis and was lovely to work with.

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

All the while I was making this skirt I had my favourite Breton top in mind, as a nod to retro riviera style. I’d been searching for the perfect but elusive striped tee for some time, and this one from Boden really does tick all the boxes; made from the softest cotton, it’s fitted without being clingy and has the perfect skinny stripe. I’m really rather tempted to pick up a few other colours in the sale… The skirt is similarly versatile and I’ve worn it – just like the tweed midi I made last autumn/winter – non-stop. It just goes with everything!

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

For the skirt’s first outing a few weekends ago, we headed to Leith for a trip to the Flea Market and obligatory stop off at Twelve Triangles for doughnuts. It was such a sunny day that I was worried about burning and so wore my straw boater hat – resulting in Al serenading me with the Madeleine theme tune all day! No bad thing if you ask me; I can’t be the only one whose childhood literary heroes rank among their contemporary style icons?! Then again, maybe it’s just me…

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

After a good thrift we went for a languid stroll down to Ocean Terminal and then along the Shore, before venturing to The Roseleaf just along the road – the most perfect vintage pub and one of my favourite Edinburgh eateries – for a spot of brunch. Deliciously fresh and Summery toast with smashed peas, goat’s cheese and poached egg for me, and a kofta wrap for Al, all washed down by homemade rose lemonade and ginger beer. It was unbelievably good, the perfect way to spend an easy Summer day – in easy Summer style.

Love at First Stitch Clémence Skirt

Do you have any Summer sewing projects on the go?

I’m wearing: handmade skirt (pattern from Love at First Stitch, fabric from John Lewis); Boden Breton (other colours now in the sale); Swedish Hasbeens via ASOS; John Lewis boater hat (from the kids’ dept!); vintage bag & ring. 

8 comments

  1. Lianne says:

    Looks great you talented lady know. Love the colour, length and fullness of the skirt. You look so sweet in your boater too xx

  2. eliseandlife1 says:

    I love this! It looks great how you’ve styled it. I’ve been on the lookout for a 70s style denim skirt with buttons but they all seem to be too short… I’m hoping the fall collections will bring me one!

    • Thanks Elise! Really sweet of you to say. Yes, totally agree re ’70s skirt lengths – all too short for me too, so I took matters into my own hands! Lengths seem to be going longer for AW though so maybe we will get luckier on the high street soon! X

  3. Susanne says:

    A pretty outfit and I agree – perfect length skirt.

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