My navy twill Beignet is finished, and I have to admit, I LIKE IT! : ) I wasn’t sure what to expect of this experimental foray into a high-waisted Colette pattern, but I’m certainly pleasantly surprised by the outcome. I think the skirt is classy but casual, which is exactly the kind of thing I need in my wardrobe. It’s comfortable and casual enough for everyday wear, but it still looks put together. Phew!
Pattern: Colette Beignet, a high-waisted, fitted skirt.
Fabric: Navy cotton twill for the shell; pink Bemberg rayon for the lining.
Modifications: The skirt sits below my natural waist, which I prefer over the very high-waisted original design. Fortunately this worked out automatically since I’m on the tall side (5’8″). I cut about a 10 in the waist and about a 0 in the hips, essentially removing almost all of the curvature in the hips/seat. I did my own thing for the hem, since it just made more sense to me that way, and I drafted my own pieces for the belt and belt loops.
Level of crafty satisfaction: I dig it! I really wasn’t sure how this was going to work out, but I’m happy to say that this project gets the thumbs up. : )
Click here for the in-progress posts, including more detail on fitting modifications and my alternate hemming method.
Lots more photos below – I went overboard as usual. Enjoy!
If you Google “Colette Beignet,” you’ll find that I’m not the first person to put this exact outfit together. There’s just something about a navy skirt with a blue and white striped shirt… and a little pop of red. I dig it. This is how I envision wearing the skirt this winter – with a long sleeve shirt and tights. And yes, that’s my striped Renfrew. I also made my earrings (the 2nd pair in this post).
My worries about having over-fitted the rear end have thankfully dissipated, as I think it looks pretty good in the photo above. It’s definitely very fitted back there, but the twill gives it a lot more structure than the muslin. Crisis averted!
I like how the skirt is straight when I’m standing still, but it can take on a slight A-line shape when I jut out my hip. I’m also pretty happy with the length – above my knee, but not by too much. I’m always tempted to make skirts much shorter, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m a full-grown lady and want to keep it classy. One day this line of thinking will be automatic, right? Right?? : )
The skirt has pockets, but they sit about an inch too low and are a little awkward to get into. This is a direct result of wearing the skirt lower on my waist than the original design. Next time I have to remember to move them up a bit! Um, and grade the seam allowance at the waist. Oops.
Here you can see the curvaceous bum area. I don’t have many curves to work with, but I do like the close fit in the back. But argh that waist seam! I’m just noticing it in the photos.
I can also easily see myself wearing this skirt during warmer weather, without tights. I made two belts – one red and one white – thinking that the white one might go with more tops than the red. I also wanted the white one for more summery outfits. I love the look of tying the belt in a bow at the front – so cute!
Why do I make such weird faces/poses?
Ready to board the yacht? Where’s my cocktail? : )
You can see the yellow pocket lining peeking out here.
I took a few photos on the sewing table to show you some of the details…. although I don’t promise that my execution on this project is stellar. In fact, it’s definitely not. Oh well!
You can read about my hemming method in this post. To even things out a bit, I decided to do a folded hem like I did on my blue blazer. I think it makes the too-wide lining look a little more polished, since you don’t see the slip stitches and slight gathering once the hem is pressed and folded over.
When sewing on the buttons, I made sure to wrap the thread around a bunch of times so that the buttons would sit flat when the skirt is buttoned up. I used a matchstick (see this tutorial), which worked out perfectly! Oh, the little things we learn from each other. : )
See how the buttons kind of pop up above the surface of the twill? I love that little detail. BTW, please ignore the huge piece of cat fur in this photo. Fur was bound to show up somewhere, despite my aggressive de-linting ahead of time. : )
The yellow pocket bags don’t really match the red belt, but do you think I care? I’ll give you one guess.
Here’s to another finished garment in the drawer. And another Beignet to come….? : )