Tilly’s Delphine Skirt

This week I’ve finally got round to finishing my first skirt from Tilly’s book “Love at first Stitch”. It’s a great book – good for both beginner and more experienced sewers.

Although I’ve sewn lots of A line skirts before I decided to give the Delphine a go.

It’s a great skirt to make and the instructions in the book are great. Some nice tips for both new and old.

Worth paying attention to the advice to check the size before finally sewing the zip and back seam. I had to unpick mine and take it in.

I enjoyed learning how to stitch in the ditch. Carefully lining up the zip foot to your seam, then slowly slowly ( or pole pole as they’d say in Swahilli!)

In keeping with Tilly’s book I made the skirt my own – zipped in seam pocket. It’s great to have somewhere to put your phone.

The book has instructions for in an in seam pocket, but not a zipped one. I’ve only done this once before, which I blogged on this site. Having done it twice now I think I need to change the steps. It might work better to insert the zip then sew in the pocket in the seam allowance? Any suggestions?

I made a couple of changes to the instructions which I think help give my skirt a professional finish. Firstly I understiched the waistband, on the upper edge. I find it helps prevent the lining rolling forward. The other change I made to finishing techniques was to hand stich, using invisible stitches the heam. I love the clean finish that it gives.


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