Saturday, 1 April 2017

Denim Arielle Skirt

I washed the fabric twice and put it in the drier to make it softer. I bought the denim to make jeans but I cut a jeans pattern from lilac leopard print bengaline instead! I used a jeans needle and 23mm brown buttons, which are on the right as worn side as I ignored the cutting layout which has you put the front pieces on the wrong-side-up of the fabric. I left off the interfacing and instead cut the waist facings with the vertical grain with less-stretch. I also understitched all the edges and then topstitched the waist which worked well with the denim. The buttonholes were a pain as my machine wouldn't sew them so I used a zizag stitch. I sewed the skirt in one night!  This is size 4, I took 8cm off the length of the pencil skirt. I hemmed it at 2cm and it covers my knees.
 Puppy insisted on dining on the table.
I also made an Itch to Stitch Lisbon cardigan with similar buttons. I ordered them on ebay (20 for £3.80). I used grey French terry and topstitched the seams with a zigzag stitch which makes all the difference for a traditional cardigan appearance. The difficult part was topstitching each side of the arm seams, which join nicely to the side seam stitching, and the pressed-up seam allowance on the sleeve cuffs took some manoeuvring. 


  1. The buttons are pretty & copper goes well with denim. I thought they were pennies at first!

    1. Thankyou! I like brown and navy together, softer look than black