Floral Miette Skirt and Another Renfrew

I’d like to introduce you to my new favorite skirt. She’s the perfect little herald of spring.

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I don’t think I’ve ever owned a wrap skirt, and I never thought I needed one. Now I don’t know how I lived without one! I’m not sure why, but I’ve always thought an a-line wrap skirt wouldn’t work on me. Please, tell me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s actually pretty flattering.

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The skirt is made from a $1 vintage cotton sheet. I fell in love with the print from afar in the thrift store linen section, and I was ecstatic when I pulled it out to see that the material was in perfect condition: no stains, no smells, and probably very minimal use. When I bought it, I had no idea what I’d use it for, but when I decided to buy Tilly’s Miette pattern, this material begged to be made into a wrap skirt.

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I made a size 2, shortened a couple of inches. I didn’t have enough material to be particular about matching along the front seam, so I decided to eliminate it. I cut the front piece on the fold, with the fold along the pattern seam line (eliminating the front seam allowance). It allows the material to do the talking.

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The material was pretty lightweight, so I decided to add interfacing to the skirt pieces. I wanted it to have the necessary stiffness to hold the cute A-line shape.

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I did do something wonky with the hemline in the back, but I’ve adjusted the hemline since the above photo was taken.

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All I can say is I love this skirt!

Oh yeah, and that’s another new Renfrew. It’s basically the same as this one and this one. Please see those posts if you’re interested in details.

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As I said a few posts back, I’ve been lacking in the separates department, so the recent infusion of basic tops into my wardrobe is just what I needed.

IMG_7012I really like the fancy ribbing of the knit material. I think I got this material in the clearance ($2.99/yd!) section of G Street fabrics last year.

IMG_7036IMG_7038If you haven’t considered the Miette pattern, you should. It’s a simple pattern that’s a lot of fun to make. Thanks, Tilly, for a great pattern that I will no doubt use several times!

*Reminder: I’m giving away a couple dresses and a few patterns. Please see this post for details.*

  1. Nay

    May 6, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Yep, does look good!

    1. Becca

      May 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks so much!

  2. Kathryn

    May 6, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Love this fabric and you’re not mistaken, the a-line shape is very flattering! I just bought this pattern the other day and am looking forward to making it up for the summer. Thanks for the tip re placing the fold along the seam line when cutting one piece instead of two – wish I’d thought of that when I cut out my Colette ginger as I had to d some serious fudging to get it to fit together!

    1. Becca

      May 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thank so much! Can’t wait to see your versions. πŸ™‚ I plan to make a few more before the arrival of summer myself. Sometimes it’s definitely easier to just remove the seam when you don’t have enough fabric to worry about matching. Have fun sewing your own Miettes!

  3. Marie

    May 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Ok Becca…this is really weird! Firstly, your thoughts on Miette echo mine exactly and I’m so pleased that I gave it a go because it’s so perfect in every way. And you’re right, your version is so flattering on you! Secondly, I’ve just made a second Miette out of an extremely similar vintage fabric as yours, just in a yellow colourway. Great minds think alike obviously!!! ;o) Your entire outfit rocks by the way!

    1. Becca

      May 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie! That is weird, but also, awesome! I can’t wait to see your version! Great minds think alike, for sure. πŸ™‚ Honestly, your first Miette is one of the reasons I decided to give the pattern a go. Thanks for the push!

  4. ShanniLoves...

    May 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    So cute! That print is perfect for an a line skirt. I have been considering this pattern for some time now. Got a few more in the queue to make first.

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks! You should definitely try the pattern out for yourself. I totally understand having several things already in the queue, though. My list has reached impossible proportions.

  5. LLADYBIRD

    May 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    It’s SO cute! I love the fabric you chose and yes, that shape is super flattering on you. Yay Miette! I’m the same way – never thought I needed a wrap skirt until I got my pattern. Now I dont’ understand how I lived without it!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, I would’ve never considered that pattern in the past. I’m so glad I gave it a try, though.

  6. Ashley

    May 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Love the skirt! I’ve been hesitating because I really don’t care for the seam running down the front. Your version, without it, is perfect πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you! I think the seam is cute with some fabrics, but I think it definitely would’ve detracted from the print in this case. I’ve learned, if you don’t like one aspect of a pattern, you can just remove it. Altering patterns is what makes sewing fun. πŸ™‚

  7. gingermakes

    May 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love this! It’s so fresh and pretty! And for $1– score! These colors look lovely on you!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks! That material was definitely a major score. I just love it! The best part is that I still have enough material to make a little summer separates outfit. πŸ˜€

  8. Heather Feather

    May 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    When I saw your first picture I thought, I bet that’s from a vintage sheet. It’s gorgeous and so unique! The skirt looks great on you and is very flattering!
    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Haha! Wow, you’re eagle-eyed, aren’t you? The fabric is definitely unique. That’s what I like the most about the skirt. Thank you!

  9. Tilly

    May 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Gah, I LOVE this! Too cute! The fabric is so pretty.

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Tilly! I’m so flattered that you like it. πŸ™‚

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  11. Sarah

    July 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    oh this looks lovely! you have inspired me to try this pattern out πŸ™‚ thank you. I love love working with vintage sheets, and I too have a stash screaming out ‘hurry up and use me’ hehe

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Oh, I’m so glad you’ve decided to try it out. You definitely need to listen to those screams and use some of your stash to make yourself a skirt. πŸ™‚

  12. jj21

    May 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, love your Miette! When you left out the front seam, did you keep the grainline running the same way through the fabric, or just not worry about it. Thanks, jan

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