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Purple Tulip Skirt – Sew Over It

Patience, Persistence and Puckers

"Our levels of desire, patience, persistence, and confidence end up playing a much larger role in success than sheer reasoning powers. Feeling motivated and energised, we can overcome almost anything." - Robert Greene, Mastery [1]

Purple skirt with floral bias binding at either side of the zip

This is the Sew Over It Tulip Skirt that I made during some dressmaking classes my mum signed me up for as a Christmas present. I completed the final version of this skirt in March last year and shared some photos on Instagram but I never got round to writing up the blog post. Because my measurements have changed since I made it, I can't share photos of it on my body but I'll update this post if I ever manage to fit into it again!

I love the crepe versions of this skirt on the Sew Over It site so I chose to use the deep purple satin backed Prada crepe from Minerva Crafts. Or is it a crepe backed satin? Both sides of this fabric could be used - crepe for a casual skirt, satin for a more formal look. The satin gives the crepe a beautiful sheen in the daylight and the shiny side feels softer against the skin so I decided to use the crepe as the right side for this project.

Purple skirt with floral bias binding at either side of the zip

I enjoy the sewing process so I never rush to finish a garment but, because I had a few weeks to make this, I spent extra time on the little details: hand sewing both the waistband and invisible hem, and finishing the seams with a contrasting bias binding using the Hong Kong finish tutorial on the Colette blog.

I did save some time by using pre-made bias binding in Liberty Wilmslow Berry D Tana Lawn from Etsy since I couldn't find any shops that sold this fabric by the metre. I don't make full garments with Liberty fabric because busy patterns don't go well with my colouring but I love to use it to add fun touches to the insides. If you have some fabric in your stash that you love but it

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