The Delphine Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons is a lovely sewing project for advanced beginners. The instructions are fantastic. Happy Sewing!
The Delphine Skirt is a sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. It’s included in her book Love at First Stitch, which is one of my favourite sewing books for dressmaking. It came out around the same time I started sewing and I think it is the best book for beginners to – in Tilly’s word’s – demystify dressmaking. I’m a self-taught sewist and never took any sewing classes. In the beginning, I felt very overwhelmed by sewing manuals/jargon. Also, I’m a very visual person and many of the books and/or sewing projects for beginners didn’t appeal to me. “Love at First Stitch” is different.
I love the gorgeous retro style of the book. The instructions are easy-to-follow and come with plenty of step-by-step photographs, as well as hints and tips for customizing the handmade clothes to add some personal touch. Basically, the book is aimed to build your sewing skill from scratch, starting with easy projects and then advancing to more challenging projects. The sewing projects build on each other and new techniques are introduced with every new project. In my opinion, the book is great for (absolute!) beginners and more experienced sewists alike because of the fun projects. There are seven sewing projects to choose from, including 1 scarf, 1 pyjamas, 2 skirts, 2 dresses, and 1 blouse (in case you were wondering!).
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about the book (but it’s not a big deal) was that the patterns were printed on both sides. That made it a little challenging to trace them. Also, although I love the retro style, not all the patterns reflect my personal style. Having said that, I decided to sew all the projects anyway since I really like Tilly’s patterns and instructions. The patterns are great to learn new skills AND you end up with gorgeous handmade clothes. I decided that I could sew the clothes and then – worst case – just give them away (and make someone else happy!).
Getting back to the Delphine Skirt, it comes in an exaggerated A-line shape and finishes a few inches above the knee. The pattern itself and the descriptions are (as usual) great but I must admit that the skirt isn’t for me. I prefer knee-lengths skirts and the A-shape doesn’t really suit me. Oh well, the sewing part was still fun. I made a few modifications and added the optional belt loops and a button to the skirt. Initially, I was planning on inserting a lining to the skirt, which wasn’t included in the original pattern, but then decided against it. If you would like to line your skirt, Tilly has written a tutorial on how to sew a skirt lining. Anyway, the whole skirt came together very easily and I really enjoyed making it.