Yellow Needlecord ‘I could make that’ 

Today’s make is one of those makes that I was so proud of that I just wanted to look at it all the time. I don’t really follow designers but I was reading a fashion magazine and saw this Skirt By M.I.H. Jeans. It was a mere £425 but when I looked it up I found it was an even better bargain with 60% off at £170!

Since I have been making improvements to my sewing,  I often find myself thinking ‘I could just make that’ so I thought this time I actually would. I was especially motivated as I had promised Linda of Nice Dress Thanks I Made It an entry to her Designin’ December competition… Well, since December! So I grabbed my supplies and made a start.

The pattern is Simplicity Newlook 6346 which has 2 separate lengths and the options to make the skirt with or without buttons,  I knew it would have the potential to look really modern. I’ve seen a few skirt patterns similar to this but I like simplicity patterns.
The Crafty Pin-Up,  did a great version of it too on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network,  which I checked out before I started and was really inspired by.

The really cute Cloud Fabric is part of the Greatest Adventure collection by Natalie Lymer for Riley Blake Designs.  I wanted to use it as a lining for the pockets. Isn’t it so cute?!
I made the pockets by measuring the front panels of the skirt and drawing rectangles at sizes which would work, both in the yellow needlecord and the cloud fabric. I sewed them right sides together,  flipped them through a gap and top-stitched. I think it is a really cute detail but my one criticism is that you can see the lining at the edges slightly which takes away from the designer look,  though I’m not sure if I’m being overly picky.

The skirt came together really easily, the facings for the plackets are made using the fabric itself. I changed the waistband slightly to add the flaps for the pockets (I don’t know if there is an official term for it) I added these as I attached the waistband so it would look neat. I was rather impressed with my own forward thinking here!
I then left my buttonless, hemless skirt to hang. I see this in a lot of directions and I have to admit, I usually ignore this step but I’m so glad I did it. The skirt hemmed really easy; I’ve struggled on the curve of skirts before. I added my buttonholes,  which were pretty big in order to fit my big chunky silver buttons and I was done. I am so happy with it,  I think it is really modern and just like the original.

I wore it on my holidays up in Northumberland with a navy body and wrap cardi,  where we were so busy being blown away that we struggled to get a good picture but we got some in the end!

Being blown away!

I don’t usually do prices but in spirit of the Designer challenge:
Yellow Needlecord: 2 and a half metres at £13.50 from The Cheap Shop Tiptree. Though I think 2 metres would have done it.

Silver Buttons: 5 for £1.45 from Ebay.

Riley Blake Fabric: £3.50 for a fat quarter from Hollie’s Haberdashery

Pattern: Simplicity 6346 £5.95 from Simplicity Newlook

So the whole Skirt cost a mere £24.50! Plus I will definitely use this pattern again! Possibly on a denim. Winner!

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. This is awesome Emma so impressed! My fav colours too! Might make myself one with your helpful tips! Wow! ❤️

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    1. Thanks, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll definitely do the pattern again! 😁

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  2. Oh,love this. Great colour, I used to have some Levi cords in canary yellow that sadly are too small now! Good job on hacking that designer skirt.

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    1. Thanks, I’m really glad I went with the bright colour, I was hoping for more of a Mustard at first but I love it!

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  3. This is so fun and bright, really cheerful. I love that you made your own version of something so expensive and no better

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    1. Thanks so much. I enjoyed making it and making it personal to me too

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  4. Naomi says:

    Awesome! And for myself. I like the lining peeking out from around the pockets. Makes it more unique, less mass produced feeling. Isn’t it awesome when you get the point with your sewing where you know that you can make the things you see??!!

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    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate your comments as always. 😁 it really is. I feel like I’m trying new skills all the time and can replicate the things that I see and like, plus I can also make things that suit me!!

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      1. Naomi says:

        Sewing for the win!

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  5. norma says:

    Great skirt – love the style and the colour. Designer skirt at a bargain price!

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    1. Thanks so much. That was the plan and I think it worked as I wanted… Now to get my monies worth and make it again!!

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  6. Well done! A great financial saving and a great fit! Win win!

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    1. Thanks. Tell me about it, I thought it was a little snug on my waist but we are on holiday!! 😁

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  7. I been looking forward to seeing this yellow skirt, and you nailed that design. Looks fabulous:-)

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    1. Thanks so much!! I love it.

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  8. Fiona says:

    Oh I have a yellow skirt that I sewed too – so much fun to wear! Yours looks great, and just like its RTW inspiration.

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    1. Thanks so much Fiona. It was fun to make and wear!!

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  9. What a great little skirt, love the design and colour. And a piece that can be worn at any time of the year. Love the fun lining too.

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes I think because it is Needlecord I don’t have to wait until spring to wear the bright colour!

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  10. Lynsey Welch says:

    Super skirt, the colour is awesome and it looks great on. I have some purple cord to make a skirt, something like this would be perfect.

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    1. I really recommend the pattern. It’s easy to make. I will definitely do it again!

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  11. You got it perfect! I love the yellow and I’m going to have to take another look at that pattern myself. I love when people compare prices. I always find myself going through shops and catalogues saying hmm, nice, too much money, I could make it for less. Sometimes the RTW construction is so poor I wouldn’t buy it for ANY sum! I’ve got you contribution now and I will put it in DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER! 🎊💃🎉 Lovely work! (LOL love your outdoors photo shoot!).

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    1. Thanks so much. I am really pleased with how it turned out! I definitely find myself doing that more and more, especially since my skills are improving because I can look at the construction of a garment and think, I know how to do that! Thanks so much. My outdoor shoots have been fun this week!! x

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  12. Sewingsu says:

    Love the colour! Love the skirt! Love the cute cloud insides! 💛💛

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    1. Thanks so much. Me too. The clouds make my Day!

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  13. carmensews says:

    Love this skirt!!!

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    1. Thanks 🙂 I’m just about to start another!

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  14. Auschick says:

    Great job! I’m hoping to get mine done in time for the challenge but I’m not sure if I’ll pull it off!!

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    1. I’m sure you can! It’s early December yet! Thanks and good luck!

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  15. What a wonderful skirt. Love the pockets, especially the lining.

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    1. Thank you. I really love it too. A surprising wardrobe staple! I recommend the pattern. ☺

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  16. Wonderful job! I LOVE the colour of the skirt, and the pocket lining is fabulous! You did such an amazing job. 🙂

    Good luck!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, it’s great to have such a bright skirt to turn to for a cheerful outfit!

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      1. You’re welcome! It really is cheerful! And so pretty! 🙂

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