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The London skirt by Selkie

I’ve finally gotten round to making the new pattern from Selkie!

Selkie Patterns started out as a Kickstarter campaign last year run by Londoners Alex and Caroline. (You’d have seen Alex in the cover of a few Tilly and the Button patterns and in her book Stretch). They had a goal of creating a sustainability minded business with new sewing patterns and also eco fabrics!

I got the London pattern as part of the campaign!

I’ll be honest – the “everyday vintage” style of the dress/top isn’t really my thing but I liked the skirt part!

I got the most fantastic fabric for it too sent to me all the way from Japan by Indy Bindy – a fabric shop specialising in Japanese prints by small indie designers. There’s a lot of different gorgeous cotton prints on offer!

I picked out a terrazzo print by Otsukiyumi whose designer hand paints each design before turning them into digital prints.

The London skirt pattern is really quite a simple pattern to make. It’s a straightforward A-line box pleat skirt with a centre back zip and overlapping waistband. The waistband at the front as a little notch in the centre front which adds a little extra something to it.

It’s definitely a project that can be whipped up in hour or two for an experienced sewist and would probably be a good beginner pattern too!

I won’t comment on the instructions as I only had a brief look before diving head first into sewing! 🤣

And here’s how it turned out!

I think I measured myself after a really big meal and accidentally made it a little too big… I’ll probably just wear it with a belt for now (or just save for big meals out!).

I kept the length quite long. I think it recommends a 4cm hem and I did 1.5cm instead. I love a mid calf skirt! Apart from that I didn’t do any adjustments.

One thing I did noticed on the pattern is that the waistband seemed to be missing the seam allowance on one side. I don’t know if I just traces my pattern piece incorrectly though!

I love the little detail in the front with the notch!

So it’s a tad lightweight for the weather right now (it literally snowed yesterday). I really should’ve lined it if I wanted it for winter wear! That being said this skirt will be perfect for spring/summer!

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