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Featured Seamstress: Erin


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Name: Erin

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern: Beignet

Her blog: Hungie Gungie

Her post about the pattern: Beignet Skirt

What kind of fabric did you use? I found the fabric at Joann’s in a random little section titled “globally inspired” or something like that… I’d say it’s got a linen-like feel to it.

How did you decide to reflect your personal style in the pattern? I’d seen a lot of solid color beignets, but not many made from a print. I wanted something that I could wear this summer with solid colored tank tops. I tend not to be too matchy-matchy when it comes to clothing. I like that I could probably wear this skirt with any pair of shoes in my closet. I fell in love with these jade buttons and kind of went back and forth about using them on the skirt since they didn’t exactly “go.” But finally just did it and I think they help to make the skirt a bit more fun. I also chose to buy a skinny red belt instead of making the one in the pattern. I’m more than pleased with the outcome.

What thoughts do you have about the project? This was the second thing I’ve ever sewn for myself from a pattern (I usually make children’s clothes) so I won’t lie… this was a hard one for me to get into right away! I mainly worked on this skirt in 1/2 hour increments when my kids were napping, so it took me weeks to finish. I found the instructions to be well written and informative. I did a lot of googling when it came to terms I didn’t understand, and I looked at many images online of other people’s finished skirts. I learned a TON from this pattern and feel like a more confident sewist. I will definitely make another one for the fall!

Thanks, Erin!

Caitlin Clark   —  

Caitlin is the Colette Patterns design assistant. You can follow Caitlin at her blog, the story girl.

Comments 9


Very pretty! I need to get my hands on my colette patterns!


Love it! I was just looking at this pattern last night, thinking I really need to try this one out. Good for you sticking with it. You look fabulous in it!


I think those jade buttons just make it – and you’re right, not everything has to ‘go’!


I love that it took you weeks in half-hour sessions – that’s how I sew too. Looks great!


That is fabulous! Naptime sewing is so relaxing!


I love the bold fabric choice. The buttons and belt totally make the look!


Love the skirt and the fabric that you choose looks great on you.


Thank you all! I love it and am looking forward to making another…. :)

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