Christina Sparkle

Floral Clemence Skirt


I did plan for my next make to be the Megan Dress from Love at First Stitch, and I did make it, but it’s too big. I’m really not sure how to take it in but I’m going to try. Hopefully I’ll post about my attempts soon.

Moving on from the Megan dress and the Delphine Skirt that were both too big, I decided to soldier on to the Clemence Skirt. This skirt doesn’t actually have a pattern that is measured in sizes, you make your own pattern. Measure your waist and hips and cut according to your own personal measurements following Tilly’s calculations. Much better for me it seems!

The fabric is from CallyCo in Cambridge, the lady in there was absolutely lovely and so helpful. They have a very beautiful range and I saw some designs that were stunning, but my budget didn’t stretch to everything that I saw. I’m saving up to buy more soon.

My fabric wasn’t actually wide enough for the full skirt that Tilly’s calculations plan for but it turns out, that’s OK. My skirt just isn’t as full as it would have been. The gathering that is required to create the fullness of the skirt does take some patience to get right. I found it was hard to get the balance right when smoothing out the gathers so they are even, but keeping the correct length for the waist band. I got there in the end.

I love the final result – it’s actually more flowery than I would usually go for – but the fabric just looked so beautiful in the shop. Plus, it’s pink and green which is all that matters to me. My mum said I look like Sandra Dee in the skirt, which is a huge win in my book.


After I had been to CallyCo I popped in to John Lewis to buy some embroidery floss, they were having a huge sale on vintage-style fabrics which again were hard to leave. I bought some graphic black and white fabric (of course!) which I’m not sure what I’m going to do with yet.

On the same day I also picked up a bargain at the Cambridge market from The Little Fabric Stall, four metres of red polka dot cotton at a fantastic price. I’m hoping to use that when I begin a sewing class with Janet from Kitchen Table Sewing. Here’s a pic of all the fabric drying after the first wash (please excuse the grotty carpet in our rental property!).


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