Delphine, aka the stash buster

Is there anything better than discovering you have enough fabric left over to make something special?


That was how I felt making this Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch. While tidying the leftovers box I realised I had just enough beautiful super soft grey wool left over to rustle one up. Happy dance!

Delphine collage

I had to learn stuff to make this skirt, which was exciting. First I had to adjust the pattern to for my measurements – size 3 waist and size 4 hips. And I’d never used interfacing before. Rather than iron on, (which would probably have been easier!) I used a medium weight calico from my stash to stabilise the waistband. And the only matching zip I had was a couple of inches too short, meaning I have to do a sexy hopping dance to get the size 3 part of the skirt over the size 4 part of me.

And to the more experienced sewers out there, what is causing the fabric at the bottom of the zipper to poke out like this? Would this problem be fixed with a longer zip? Any suggestions for skirt surgery most welcome!


Update: I figured it out (I think), with the help of my clever mum – too much fabric! Basically I hadn’t adjusted the centre back seam to take into account the extra fabric I added by combining size 3 and size 4. So I’m going to remove the zip, replace it with a longer one, and use Gladys to try and get the centre back to sit nicely!

But overall I am really happy with how this skirt turned out, and am already eyeing up some of the other lux leftovers that I have. I have some leftovers of a rich dark purple wool that is just dying to be transformed into a delectable Delphine.

What do you think?