Friday, April 2, 2010

A Duo of Tulips (skirts that is)

Hi everyone. In my quest to make some more 'every day' kind of clothes, including ones I can wear to work, I have been concentrating on skirts, and my first pair of trousers (more to come on that soon).

I've just finished making two tulip skirts. The first is the Burda Marie tulip skirt:

It is made from japanese cotton from Tessuti called Osaka Night Bloom. Japanese cottons are my favourite fabric at the moment. But they are a little expensive ($29/m), so choosing this pattern to make something out of the 1m of material I  purchased was a good idea!

The pattern is easy enough. But until now I have thought that I was a size 40 in Burda. Every Burda pattern I have sewn has required taking in. I didn't realise the size conversion to Australian sizes - I think a Burda 40 is an Australian 14. I ended up making this skirt in a 36 and it fits me perfectly.

The 2nd tulip skirt I have made is another Wiksten tulip skirt. This is such a great pattern - I wear my denim version at least once a week, and always get great comments. I've made this one as more of a 'work version'.

I used some of my precious vintage buttons on this skirt, and the fabric is a remnant I got from Tessuti a while ago (please excuse the creases - I didn't realise until I had taken it off):

The only adjustments I made to this skirt was to lengthen the hem line and make the belt a bit longer.

So - what do you think? Which tulip do you like better?

Hope everyone is having a great Easter weekend and doing some lovely sewing and relaxing.


  1. Gorgeous Rachel - my favourite has to be the Osaka night skirt - that fabric is gorgeous and looks great as a tulip skirt...

  2. You look fantastic in those two skirts. I love the fabrics.

  3. They are both so great! I really love the sophistication of the top one and the casual-ness of the bottom. But they look versatile too in that they can dress up or down depending on what you wear with them. Lovely, lovely! So inspiring! I need to make some skirts now.

  4. Oh wow, they're lovely! Very practical but also very gorgeous. Wish I could whip things up just like that!

  5. They are both FANTASTIC! great job!! They fit perfectly!

  6. I love the belt and button combo of the second skirt. Goes really well with that fabric. The first one is very pretty. Nice choice of fabric on both counts.