new blue skirt

I am discovering all sorts of smallish fabric shops in the area and most have a pile of clearance fabrics marked down to 1€/m. Clearance fabrics are my favourite to sew with since I hate to make muslins and I don’t feel guilty not making one when I got the fabric for next to nothing 🙂
This heavier weight light blue cotton (mix?) fabric has been sitting in my pile for quite a while and a few days ago I decided to make a skirt with it.
No pattern, just trying out different pleating methods until, almost by accident, I ended up with this:

I’m loving it, it fits me perfectly and the stitching looks really good…my treadle and I are getting along very well lately!
I did the button holes by hand (downside of sewing on a treadle: no buttonhole feature) but I am very pleased with how they came out. It’s actually nice work to do while watching a DVD in the evening, so I don’t mind sewing them by hand at all.


11 thoughts on “new blue skirt

    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Rosamaria! I don’t know what happened, but suddenly the treadle and I get on really great and the seams are finally even and no tension problems anymore. Guess we just needed time to get to know each other 🙂


    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Sabine! Do you have a machine without a buttonhole feature as well or do you just like to sew them by hand?
      I am loving your blog and your vintage shop btw!!


  1. Bethany

    I would love to know more details on how to do button holes by hand. I have the setting on my old machine but not the right foot for it. (I picked the machine up from the side of the road.)
    Directions or a link to similar methods to what you use would be so appreciated.

    I love how the pleats came out on your skirt. It’s very flattering and sits perfectly!


    1. tidytipsy

      Hi Bethany! I don’t have a link for you unfortunately, but basically you make a slit just big enough for the button to go through and then finish the raw edge with the buttonhole stitch (you would never have guessed, right?) You should find a good tutorial by googling the stitch, I had a link to a blog some time, but I can’t find it anymore 😦
      Have a look here for starters:
      Maybe I’ll do a tutorial sometime, when I actually find the time 🙂


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