3/2/13

A Delicious Beignet

I've had this Beignet rolling around in my head for quite a long time now and I finally got around to actually making it! I'm so happy that I did, too - it's pretty much the perfect skirt. I know of at least two bloggers who have done this exact combo (navy corduroy Beignet): Mika of Savory Stitches and Andrea of Four Square Walls. Andrea says she copied Mika and I say I copied them both! Ideally, I would like to have made something more unique but in this case there's no shame. These ingredients just go together like peanut butter and jelly, red velvet and cream cheese, and chocolate and pretty much everything else. It's my new favorite thing in my closet and I want to wear it every day. 

...Except today. It's freezing outside! So here's me trying to hide my "OMG it's cold hurry up and take the damn picture!!!" face.


Pockets!


Time for a change of scenery...how about a retro colored garage door?




Ok, cool, now run for warmth!

This skirt is pretty time consuming to make. From start to finish, it took me about a week of working on it for a few hours almost every night. The corduroy was great to work with at first - I barely even needed to use pins because of its tendency to stick to itself. Until it came time to do those belt loops, which I've read from others are difficult to do in any kind of fabric! There's no way turning these things inside out was going to happen with corduroy. So I folded them over and cover stitched with the raw edges toward the back. Worked fine. 

Then, as if I hadn't learned my lesson, I tried to make the belt the same way - by sewing and then turning inside out. Ha! I was up until 3am fighting with that belt and my loop turner. I was honestly surprised it didn't come out shredded into bits when I finally got it turned right side out. 

Then there was the part I dreaded the most - the buttonholes. My machine sucks at buttonholes. Yet, somehow, every single project I want to make lately requires like 100 of them. With a lot of practising on scraps, seam ripping, and tension adjusting, I finally conquered that task as well. They actually turned out looking pretty nice! I love these white buttons against the navy too.


All that extra time is definitely worth the results. It's super comfortable! I love that it's fully lined and the insides are so professional looking. The waist is stabilized with twill tape, which is something I didn't know about before this. I'll definitely use that trick again!


All in all, the nicest looking thing I've made yet. Yay, progress!

18 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Love that colour and it looks great on you.

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  2. OMG! That lining. I die!
    This looks absolutely smashing and epic work with the buttonholes. They looks perfect!

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    1. Thanks Amanda! That lining is just some poly charmeuse I picked up at JoAnn because I didn't want to wait for anything to come in the mail. I do like it though!

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  3. I agree with Amanda that lining is luscious! The skirt turned out fabulous. Congrats! I've heard similar things about corduroy so good on you for conquering this.

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  4. Love this! I made this skirt for my daughter (in a printed cotton twill) - she loves it too. It did take some time to make - and to get it sized just right - but well worth it to take that time to make it work. I had not thought of corduroy - and she loves corduroy - so I will definitely have to make one like this for her.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Thanks Patti, you're an awesome mom for making your daughter one of these! I'll bet she loves it.

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  5. It's gorgeous! Such a classic combination, and you made it look so professional. Just beautiful. I'm also seriously impressed with anyone who sews with a pile fabric. They really scare me! So high five, sister!

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    1. Thanks Sallie! As long as you don't have to turn anything and you're careful with the layout, the corduroy isn't bad at all. I do wish I'd picked a lighter weight for the facings though. It adds a bit of bulk there but it's still super comfy!

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  6. Gorgeous, you've done a great job and it suits you beautifully!

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  7. Yesssss. I love it! My navy corduroy Beignet is one of my favorite items of clothing, so hopefully you'll get as much wear out of yours as I do mine. After I made this, I felt like making every Colette pattern because it was so well-drafted and neatly finished. The insides of this skirt make it feel so good to wear. Great job!

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  8. Your Beignet turned out great. I just love that pattern.

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  9. It looks great! I'm impressed that you managed to persevere with turning the belt right-side-out. I've been there, and it sucks.

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  10. Lovely, I bought the pattern over a year ago and some fabric for it, but still haven't made it. Every time I see a new one I think I should really get on to it! My fabric is also corduroy!

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  11. I love your skirt, I simply love corduroy fabric because it doesn't get crumpled that much. Your blue-striped top is a great match for your skirt. Love your get-up. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards - Danisa Flowers

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  12. This skirt is so pretty! love it!

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  13. Gorgeous! I have seen many Beignet skirts, but yourse made me go for it! It has now been laying on my sewing table (occasionally in a plastic bag) for 10 days, and so far I have only sewn the outher fabric.
    Infact, i decided not to make a lining. The main fabric is an a thicker suit-like fabric whit just a little stretch on the horisontal. But I am facing it whit a non-elastic cotton fabric.
    What do you think? Is this going to work?; hint of one-way-stretch, no lining, non-stretch cotton facing?

    Sincearly, Tone

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