A Spotty Clemence

I’m back again with yet another Clemence skirt! This is the make-your-own-pattern skirt from Tilly Walnes’s fantastic Love at First Stitch book.

One of my learners on the dressmaking course I’m running was interested to see my Clemences, but of course I had given my first one to my sister, and the second, blue one, I just thought was a bit bland and not the most inspiring skirt ever. So I made a new one, sprinkled with multi-coloured polka dots – now this one really is an “I want one” skirt! Check it out!

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

[In case you’ve missed them, I have made version one in plain black, and version two in plain blue.]

The slipper boots finish the look off perfectly, don’t you think?

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

The waistband fits so snugly, it’s really comfortable to wear. I do feel like it’s a little short, which is odd because I used the same pattern pieces as my other two – but it’s not too bad.

The teeny gathers are so adorable!

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

I used a proper invisible foot for the first time to insert the zip (I’ve always previously inserted them with a regular zipper foot) and I have to admit it was dead easy and perfectly concealed. I may have been persuaded!

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

I slipstitched the waistband lining to the interior instead of stitching in the ditch like I did with the other two. Just to mix things up a bit. Plus I much prefer the finish.

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

But here’s the best thing – pockets! Oh, they’re amazing! Although with all the fullness of the skirt they’re quite hard to find!!

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

So, have I made enough Clemences now? Ummm no. I love this pattern! It’s just so pretty and easy to wear.

Tilly and the Buttons (Love at First Stitch) Polka Dot Clemence Skirt @AfterDarkSewing

If you haven’t yet made one – why not?!

Beth x

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42 thoughts on “A Spotty Clemence

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    • Thank you, I rarely buy fabric specifically for a garment but this was one that I chose for the Clemence – and I think it was a very good choice! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I wasn’t actually planning to do a contrast but I found that I didn’t have enough fabric – the skirt used almost exactly 1m. Buy I’m so happy I did make it contrasting because I really like it!
      And you definitely need one with pockets!

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  3. This is so nice! I really love the fabric & pockets! I’m wanting to make another Clemence but I’m still not sure about my waistband :-/ If I put the waistband on my waist, my hips look huge!

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  4. Lovely Beth. Some people (though obviously not on here) have such an old-fashioned view of sewing that it’s great to show them a really ‘modern’ item to challenge their perceptions. Sure this will be great inspiration for your class πŸ™‚

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