Helena Skirt

The Helena Skirt was a free download from Sarah Magill of Goldfinch and Eagle. Check out the Port Elizabeth top on the same website too, another nice freebie. I honestly cannot remember when I made this skirt but it’s one of my favourite winter garments.

Goldfinch and Eagle Free download

Goldfinch and Eagle Free download

It’s a very easy skirt to put together and it has buttons. So much better than messing about doing your head in trying to get a zipper to co-operate. And then realising your zipper is too short and having a swear. Or, so I’ve heard.

Helena Skirt

Ah, these buttons, I started from the buttons and then chose the fabric to match rather than the other way round. I find choosing buttons almost always ends it tears (mine or whoever is stuck waiting for me to decide) so I usually just use self-covered buttons and leave it at that. But not this time.

Helena Skirt

I picked up this fabric a long time ago during a trip to Walthamstow Markets. It’s really very warm and a lot thicker than I’d realised, which meant the skirt really kicks out and has an unintentional bell-shape. The side pockets exaggerate the volume even more. But, I kind of like that. It balances out the tweedy bookishness of the skirt and makes it look less “teacher”.

Helena Skirt

I have a just enough left to make another skirt and I’m working on another free download, The Kasia from Burdastyle. I started it years ago and it’s just languished at the bottom of my fabric stash but I’m on it now! I just need to figure out how I want the waistband to sit.

I find it really hard to work on one thing at a time so I’ve also got a couple of other things on the go; this Scarlett Dress  in jersey and a silk blouse. The Scarlett Dress is a free download  courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum and is a tie-in with their Club to Catwalk London 80’s Fashion exhibition. The blouse is under construction and at this stage might end up sleeveless.

I prefer to have a couple of things in progress it works better for me. Just as long as they’re all either dark or light and I don’t have to change the thread on my over-locker. I hate, hate, hate changing that.


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------> smittenness@gmail.com
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5 Responses to Helena Skirt

  1. Lynne says:

    Your skirt is gorgeous! I thought it was a Kelly skirt at first glance. I love the fabric.

  2. ooobop! says:

    I absolutely love this skirt and your choice of fabric and the buttons are perfect. Off to investigate that free download!

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