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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?