I love the word miette. Did you ever see City of Lost Children? That is what Ron Perlman’s character calls the Judith Vittet character of the little orphan girl. Miette. Little crumb. So perfectly romantic in that innocent way a father can be sweet to his little girl.
I honestly don’t know if that is what Tilly of Tilly and The Buttons had in mind when she named her delicious skirt pattern, nonetheless, it is what I will always think. A simple crumb of goodness.
I have two wonderful things in this post, actually. The pattern is one. It’s simple, easy to sew, and OMG wearable. I don’t sit still for long (mom, work, mom, clean, mom, sew, mom, etc.), so I pretty much live in Levis. If I wear a skirt, someone is going to get a panty shot. That’s just how it goes. I tested this skirt in the most extreme mommy environment: the fountain park.
(I have no idea what is going on with my face there….)
It passed the Levis test. No panty shots. I can pick up a crying baby, I can flop down on the floor and change a diaper, I can chase kids through water, I can do anything but a cartwheel – but let’s face it, I’d pull something doing a cartwheel anymore anyway.
Proof: Action shots of picking up the baby:
Now, I attribute the modesty to the pattern. There’s enough wrap and length to cover my not-so-miette rear no matter what I do. I’m 5’9″ and clocking in at about 150lbs, and the size 4 fits spot on. No adjustments. Above, there’s a phone in my left pocket and I’ve got it tied in front…which I later moved to the hip the baby doesn’t sit on, and then I wore it again the next day. That’s right. It passed the pick-it-back-off-the-chair test.
The second part is the fabric. Holy crap. I splurged and bought Robert Kaufman’s linen-cotton denim. Splurge mostly because this eats up a LOT of fabric…and it was worth every penny. It’s soft, flow-y, drape-y and other -y words while still feeling sturdy…yet lightweight. I know. I described the perfect fabric. Because it IS!!! Here it is at Pink Chalk Fabrics if you want to see what I mean by splurge. I know. Ouch. BUT YUMMY!!!! and I wore it two days in a row. It’s in the wash or I’d be wearing it now. I prefer dark denims and it’s just right.
I used some of my most favorite fabric I bought years ago at the Fabric Outlet…It’s an old Alexander Henry print that I just adore. It has that indigo blue color on a barely cream white, in those modern lines…I like to just hold it. I mean, I used it to line the pockets.
These photos are kinda crap. You can tell when it’s getting late and I take photos. They’re as blurry as I am. DSLR can’t save me.
I also did a bit of dorky top-stitching with my variegated blue thread and used one of my machine’s fancy star stitches. It’s subtle. I had to tweak the exposure pretty bad on this photo, but as you can see in the action shots, it’s reeeeaaallly subtle.
So, if you want a mega easy super simple pattern with online, step-by-step instructions, this is it. It’s also simple enough that I just cut out the pattern and put it together on my own. So, there’s that! Oh, and you can see I skipped matching my serger thread. Whoopsie. I didn’t even change it out for a darker color! hahahaha. But who’s going to see it?
And/or if you’re hemming and hawing over the Robert Kaufman linen-cotton denim, give in. I have some RK yarn dyed linen on hand in flax, and it’s soft like that but not quite as thick and more….smooth…just get it. Your fairy godmother would want you to have it.
(this post is not sponsored, I just like to gush about the good things in life, like my wonderful Robert who took the action shots for me)