Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tilton Art

I have long admired the fun, quirky patterns that Marcy and Katherine Tilton design for Vogue; and, while I own several, I do believe that this is the first one I have sewn up.  {What???  Vogue's Patterns have gotten expensive  --  I wait for a really good sale, then buy several.  Okay:  many.  It takes a while to get around to them, sometimes.  Don't pretend this has never happened to you.}

I bought this fabric during a recent-ish sale @ Hancock's.  It is 85% linen/ 15% rayon, and at 70% off the original price, I simply couldn't leave it in the store.  I bought the last 1.5 yds on the bolt with no idea what I'd make of it.  When I thumbed through my stash of patterns, and found that this skirt only needed 1.875 yds, I knew that this would work!!!

 The mathematician reading this thinks, at this point, that I need a thorough review of Basic Arithmetic facts regarding comparative value of integers.  Not so fast, Copernicus  --  I may not know all things Math, but I do know sewing.  Specifically, I know that I can generally lay out pattern pieces closer than their computer can.  I also know that pocket, waistband, and hem  facings don't show, and can be cut of a different fabric, as long as the weight and character of the facing fabric acts the same as the fashion fabric, and that the colour/print doesn't show through the right side.   Good thing that I know all of this, because this fabric shrunk a lot in the wash.  If you haven't all ready learned this great sewing truth, then hear me now:  always pre-wash fabric before cutting!!!

It went together easily.  The funky inserts, and cross-cut, and bias-cut pieces presented no problems whatsoever.  It not only went together easily, but it was easy to see where the construction was going to end up, several steps down the road.  These traits make this pattern an excellent choice for a novice sewist, who yearns to do something that appears to break a few rules.  Go for it!!  The curved waistband makes for a comfortable, and attractive fit.  The pocket flap that is supposed to be narrower than the pocket, means that the sewist can mess up and cut one of them too small, or too large, and they will still work nicely.

I love the funky, shabby-chic vibe of this skirt.  Naturally, I chose to wear it with a silk lace top (Ann Taylor) and pearls. (Jewelry store in Shanghai - gift of my husband)

I will make this again!  Just as soon as I figure out what fabric, lay-out, and topstitching changes will make the next one look completely different!

BTW:  What do you think of the caliber of these pictures??  They were taken by my new secretary, the incomparable, Angie Stone.  Angie, and her husband, Scott own and operate a photography studio:  Scott Shots.  Her talent is such that even with my phone's humble, and unalterable camera, the pictures turned out great!!!  Thanks, Angie!!


  1. I love that we get to see it on you!! Yay for a talented secretary! Also, I like the way the stripes are matched on the pocket. It looks like the pocket is sort of blossoming out of the stripe. Very cool.

  2. The pattern matching on pocket was a happy accident! I did not plan it on lay-out (which would be the right time to do that!), but when i placed the pocket to pin, pre-stitching, it was so-o-o-o-o-o close, that I moved the pocket to the right (towards side seam) about 3/4 in. to make it work.

    I love it when a plan comes together. Even without the plan.