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A vintage style skirt: The Tilly and the Buttons Delphine

October 2, 2016

Let me begin by saying that this is my go-to skirt pattern for a simple skirt that can be made in a few short hours. I love its a-line shape and I love the length – it hits me just above the knee which is a style I love. Plus, it’s sixties inspired and pretty much works with plain or printed fabric.

Can you believe I’ve actually tried to write about this pattern quite a few times? I’m not sure what happened but each time I wrote a post I was never quite happy with something and so I have a backlog of posts about the Tilly and the Buttons Delphine skirt.

The pattern is from Tilly’s book Love at First Stitch which I recommend you buy if you love vintage style patterns.

I first made the Delphine skirt at least a year ago, with some leftover fabric from Cloth House (my main source of fabric these days) and have worn that one excessively but never got around to posting it. It’s a navy skirt in a twill fabric which gives it a lovely shape.

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine

Then I bought some beautiful, quite sturdy, purple fabric (again from Cloth House), made another version lined with some leftover Liberty fabric. When I pre washed the fabric in preparation, the skirt had some line marks. Still I carried on and made the skirt but after washing it a number of times, consulting my Grandmother (Grandmothers are the best at these kinds of things), washing it plain, soaking it and washing it again, the stain is still there. Although I love it, I’ve only worn it a grand number of one time. Shame on you Cloth House!

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine

I’ve also modified the pattern slightly to add a bib and make it into a pinafore. Again, the fabric (a black stretch thick fabric) came from Cloth House. I lined the bib with a sweet floral fabric I had in my stash and have worn it a few times already but reckon I’ll get more wear from it as a skirt so might take off the bib at some point.

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine

The most recent make, however, is by far my favourite. The fabric is a vintage Liberty I found on Ebay. I just about squeezed the skirt out of the piece I had. Since the fabric is a lot thinner than the others I’ve used, it gives the skirt a drapey, more flowing feel. Plus it’s floral! If anyone knows the name of this Liberty print please do let me know. I’d love to search for some more.

Here it is in its glory in London town:

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine

I’ve already worn it many times and have had a few compliments so I’m desperate to wear it again soon. What can I say? I love the skirt. I love the pattern, and I have many, many more ideas for making up the Delphine. In fact I have another one on now, ready to be blogged.

I’m so excited to try out more of Tilly’s patterns! Do you like the Delphine as much as I do?

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