This is a Clemence skirt

Such a simple skirt, the Clemence from Love at First Stitch.  In theory I’ve already plenty of almost-Clemences under my belt since it is essentially a gathered skirt with a waistband & side seam pockets.   But being part of the Love at First Stitch programme for developing confidence in your sewing skills, a skirt like the Clemence skirt was bound to feature as a good way to learn gathering, mastering waistbands & side seam pockets as well as putting in a zip.

clemence skirt

However, whilst I have made plenty of almost-Clemences in my time, this is the first with the personality of Clemence, owed to that ultra wide waistband.  That is what makes Clemence stand apart from the usual gathered skirt, & that is the feature that makes my skirt a true Clemence.  And I used the pocket pattern piece, because why not, when it is there for you?  But the rest of the pattern is defined by measurements & cutting the right sized rectangles for a front & two backs, which I didn’t follow.

clemence skirtUnplanned to be out of focus – but I like it- sort of matches the weather

I was lazy & just maximised the pieces I could get out of the available fabric, which I have to say is glorious, isn’t it?  It was so kindly given to me by Hannah from Sinbad & Sailor & I reckon it’s silk.  So lush does it hang & swing & feel to the touch.  I know, I know, I should do a burn test to find out for real, but would knowing if it was silk or not make a difference to my love of this skirt?  You know the answer to that.

clemence skirt

I do not have much to say about this as the photos tell it all.  It’s fun & swirly, girly & with its polka dots has oodles of personality to add to that deep high waistband.  It’s another of those winning pieces that can be a work skirt or a weekend skirt.

You don’t have to look too closely to see that I took these photos & left the back zip open!  Doh!

clemence skirt

One error of judgement – the pockets are set a bit too low.  Left to my own devices, when not following pattern notches I always seem to get pocket placement either too high or too low.  That is my blind spot.  I can move them at some point.  But no point in being too explicit about that – take my word for it, they are pretty lowslung.

clemence skirt

I made this before Ozzy Blackbeard posted about the links she had found for sewing french seams with a zip (although I used a regular lapped zip)  and also with French seams with side seam pockets.  Wished I’d even considered looking that up as I do prefer French seams for fabric like this.  I just overlocked all my seam finishes.

Clemence

That said, this was an unbelievably quick make & you have seen it appear previously as part of my Brick Lane/ St Martin’s photo shoot last month.

Clemence and Mimi

But I kept this one back for now – with a Mimi blouse too.  Double polka dots.  Double Tilly.  Have you made any Clemences?  Are you also a fan of the skirt’s personality & the waistband?

21 thoughts on “This is a Clemence skirt

  1. Sarah - Fabric Tragic

    It’s s very pretty skirt indeed and that silk must be divine! I used to use that Sew Mama Sew tutorial for frenching inseam pockets but recently came across an even easier way using a vintage pattern. I Recently blogged about it, but essentially you add a 5/8 inch extra seam allowance to the skirt pieces the length of the pocket piece, French that, then French the front and back pieces of the skirt/pocket combo. No need to be dividing seam allowances – it’s hard to explain but I’ve pfotos of the pattern pieces which might make more sense! I’m a bit of a tidy innards nerd…..look forward to reading about the drenched zipper!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thanks for sharing an alternative approach for French seaming pockets Sarah sounds utterly understandable. I will visit your blog and check out the detail. It’s quite exciting that there are ways to bring french seams to such a complex part of construction! Thank you

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  2. Sue

    I am so tempted after seeing your skirt, to make one for myself (but then again, I am always tempted!). It is a glorious garment and you look wonderful in it.

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  3. Johanna Imhoff

    I love the wide waistband! Your skirt is adorable and I love the way you have it styled with your Mimi blouse and cowgirl boots!

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      The wide waistband is surprisingly wide, and when you are wearing it, you are aware of it, so it needs to fit you round your middle ( I had to set my button placement while wearing it to make sure it was tight enough to avoid gaping and not too tight that it was un comfy). And yes, that whole mimi polka dot cowgirl look is pretty fun!

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  4. Sew easy

    I bought the book, it is gorgeous !!
    Your skirt is lovely too, it inspires me !
    That’s funny because what you call French seams, we call them English seams 🙂

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      I love that you call them English seams – that is a very interesting fact!!
      The books is certainly proving a good buy for me – I think I have already made at least four things from it …lovely! I hppe you enjoy it as much as me.

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