Friday, October 14, 2011

Black Bow Beignet

I've made the lovely Beignet pattern before in red linen. But I need some wardrobe basics, and a black skirt was on my list. So I got Beignet out again and made it in the same heavy black linen from Tessuti as my 40's wide-leg trousers are made.




I used a green cotton poplin from my stash to line it, and some buttons from good old Spotlight. I made it in a size 6 with no alterations - a bit of a surprise as I usually have to add length.



I don't really have anything new to add regarding this pattern. The most difficult thing about it is sewing the lining and the skirt together at the front facing - there are two opposing curves that require careful pinning and a lot of patience. Apart from that, there are many pieces to put together, but they are not difficult.

I did two things differently - instead of sewing in the cotton tape around the waistband the pattern calls for I sewed a wide piece of grosgrain ribbon. I did this as the waist of my red linen Beignet stretches out quite significantly. The wide grosgrain ribbon seems to really hold it in place.

The second thing I did differently was sew one of Tilly's bow belts using her excellent tutorial. I think the bow belt makes the skirt all the more cute!



This skirt will get a lot of wear - a black skirt is so versatile. I am really loving all of my Colette patterns at the moment - do you have patterns in your collection you faithfully return to?

13 comments:

  1. This is such a good wardrobe staple Rachel and the bow is a really cute touch. I need to make a black skirt for myself, but I'm not sure the Beignet will suit my body type. I have had two successes with Colette's Ginger pattern though, so I could make a third black one ;o)

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  2. Adorable! Makes want to make another Beignet!
    By the way, I live to wear it with stripey tops as well :)

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  3. Rachel this is fab.

    I've just finished making my first Beignet in denim, but i love you black version. May have to copy you...

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  4. Gorgeous! What a great wardrobe staple. I love the bow belt, too. :)

    Colette Patterns' Sorbetto is one that I keep returning to. It's so fantastic and versatile. I just made my first Macaron in knit and I know I want to go back and make it from wovens, too.

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  5. Lovely skirt. I can see you getting a lot of wear out of it. The bow belt is such a cute addition. I love your choice in lining. I love a lining that pops!

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  6. That will definitely be a wardrobe staple! I love the little bow. I had terrible luck with my beignet stretching out. I think I didn't pay attention to grain when I cut out the pieces- it stretched in width.

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  7. Lovely sewing Rachel (as always).

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  8. I love Beignet! I made a purple on in cotton drill and literally wore it to death. I want to make a new one for work in red. I think I might skip the pockets this time though.

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  9. Ooh how lovely... and a bow belt to boot - yay!

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  10. Looks great! I don't understand why I haven't tried the Beignet yet... It should be highly prioritized, because all Beignet I see are gorgeous! Great work, and the green lining is superb!

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  11. Rachel, this skirt is awesome! I've been wanting to try the beignet pattern and yours is wonderful inspiration. Also, I think fun lining makes the world go round. Yay! x

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