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The new Ness skirt pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

The second new pattern from TATB this autumn is the Ness skirt! It’s a fitted jean style pencil skirt in two lengths – a mini and a midi skirt. The midi skirt comes with a centre front split to allow for walking!

I pattern tested this one too and here’s the version I made! (Worn with my Nora top of course!!)

It’s got all the traditional jeans style details on this skirt – a back yoke, bum pockets, the curved front pockets and fly zip as well as top stitching EVERYWHERE. It’s got all the hallmarks of a classic denim skirt pattern!

This is a great pattern for learning techniques like top stitching and inserting a fly zipper. (Though I’ll be honest, my favourite method of putting in a fly will always be the Closet Case Ginger jeans one. I’ve adapted lots of patterns to do it this way!).

I also made a second mini version in a gorgeous burgundy velvet that I got from Higgs and Higgs. I managed to get away with just using a metre of fabric which made this a steal! Plus it feels dreamy!

I even made a new Nora top to go with it! Fabric is also from Higgs and Higgs. (This outfit isn’t sponsored by them by the way – this is a weird coincidence!).

My only bugbear working with velvet is the ironing! I know there are special pressing cloths that can be used and I’ve read that if you use another piece of velvet over the top that can work too, but I’m always so scared of crushing the pile that I end up leaving it!

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