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Laura’s Bernadette Skirt

I am all about the soft girl summer aesthetic. Beautiful fabrics, dreamy desaturated colours and soft silhouettes.

The fabric this month is perfect for making yourself some wardrobe staples that you can pair with all your other jazzy me-mades! If you’re anything like me, I get to a point where I have so many beautiful garments but have difficulty pairing them into outfits that aren’t jeans. So, it is truly a welcome treat when I get a fabric like this.

The base feels so luxurious and wonderful against my skin. I knew it would be a perfect match for the new Bernadette skirt from Friday Pattern Company.

I’m basically a full-on stan for Friday Pattern Company now. Every pattern release is just so good, and the new Bernadette skirt is no exception. I find their garments have the perfect combination of classic design with just the right amount of modern edge that really make them wardrobe staples.

I am directly between an L and XL in Friday Pattern Company size charts, so I picked my size based on the finished garment measurements as I wanted it to be super fitted at the waist. I went with the L, and it fits like a glove.

It was such a fun and easy sew. Darts in the pack and release pleats in the front so it’s beautifully fitted at the top and gives you all the volume on the bottom without it being the obvious A-line shape. This silhouette is so me right now and is ridiculously comfortable to wear.

There is no waistband, instead there is a facing that you flip over and secure around the edge from the inside. As the fabric is quite dark and textured, the stitch line practically disappears so you don’t have to worry if your line wobbles a bit!

The skirt has an invisible zip closure; and if you know me by now, I will do whatever I can to avoid having to do this. 

That being said, I have recently found a great tutorial technique on YouTube from Sew Essential that is a real gamechanger. I couldn’t get over how good it looked and found myself zipping and unzipping it with pure adoration for a full 5 minutes.

Moving on from the skirt, the real star of the show is that outrageously cute belt bag! I would mention that perhaps the skirt is quicker and easier to make than the bag, but how could you not love it? It is so perfectly designed and looks undeniably adorable paired with the skirt. I love that it is detachable so you could wear it with any bottom garment with belt loops.

Whilst the weather is pretty grim here in Manchester, I jetted off to the sunny south of France and showed off my latest creation in the beautiful Marseille. The fabric is super breathable and perfect to flounce around the French ports in 32°C sunshine.

À bientôt!