Monday, 13 October 2014

My first picnic blanket skirt!

So, I have had a bit of a Tilly-fest recently. One of these Tilly makes is a pale, spotty denim picnic blanket skirt. The instructions for making this skirt are on the Tilly and the Buttons website and handily, you don't need a pattern. All you need is a notebook, a tape measure and your brain. With just my waist measurement and a skirt length required, it ended up being a fairly straightforward process. I marked out the rectangles for the front and back skirt pieces and waistband using a fabric pencil. Other than that, I just needed 3 pieces of interfacing - for the waistband and buttonstands. 

I am extremely pleased with the finished article, I have found that I very much enjoy doing manual buttonholes, so this skirt was a really enjoyable garment to make. I found the cute, pale wooden buttons in a shop in Sham Shui Po and the fabric was part of my haul from Shenzhen. 

I would recommend this make if you are comfortable working with numbers. I plan to make a second version of this skirt because I love it so much, but this time in Christmas fabric! Watch this space nearer to December...


  1. Gorgeous spotty chambray. I have yet to make the Tilly Picnic blanket skirt and I think it would look fab in a Christmasy fabric! Bring on the red and green plaid or emerald green polka dot with red buttons - I'm thinking of Zoe D in Elf?! Are you with me on this one??

    1. Loving your festive ideas! I've already bought my fabric for this make, I went a bit OTT and got a cream fabric with black illustrations of Santa all over it. I think I'm going to use red buttons as well. I'm now searching for the perfect knitted fabric to make a complimentary top. I'm thinking of trying out the Dolores Batwing by So Zo... How is the floor going?