The Beignet

colette beignet with logo

I wanted to do the Beignet for ages and finally overcame my fear of all of those buttons to take it on. The fabric – a lovely stretch denim from the Heritage Cupboard (Nancy’s fabric stash, dubbed the HC because it’s massive and packed with gems).

Back to the Beignet. Everything about this pattern is beautiful, from the divine packaging to the meticulous instructions. It’s tricky in places, especially fitting that concave facing to curved lining. Looks amazing though, is worth persevering.

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A tough lesson I learned – do a proper fitting before finishing the seams. I tried it on midway through and it looked about right, so I continued plodding along, sewing, assembling, marvelling at Colette’s gorgeous tailoring. Check out the belt loops. Cool or what.

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I even sewed on the twill tape on the waistband.

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And then I tried it on again. Tragedy! Because this is a fitted skirt, it needs to be fitted or else it looks bulky. Arghhh! Bulky! To rip or not to rip…

After indulging in some general wailing and gnashing of teeth, I began the tedious, painful task of ripping the layers of stitching at the waistband, re-sizing the seams (fitting along the way) and then re-finishing. It took bloody ages. Then the buttons.. My fear here was justified. However – I got there! They’re done. And dusted. And looking good.

This skirt was easily the hardest thing I’ve done yet. However – I absolutely love it!! Definitely worth the epic effort.

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And I’d love to make another. Not just yet. Recovery taking time.

The nitty gritty: 

Fabric:  Stretch denim, inherited.



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