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great british sewing bee | box pleat skirt


Almost done posting my Easter projects!  This one was actually my first to hit the sewing machine, before my white dress.  I struggled to decide which of the patterns from the Great British Sewing Bee book to try on first, but ended up using the Box Pleat Skirt pattern to adapt and do my own thing with anyway.  This finished item was a little big around the waist.  My solution: stick a bib and some straps on it to hold the waistband up a bit, and voila!  I already have a Topshop pinafore skirt (dress?) in this style that I used to cut a pattern template from, including the lined pocket and straps.  Making buttonholes on the machine was a bit of a pain, but I got there in the end.  To further cinch the waist in I also tried belting it, liked the way it looked, then subsequently made and attached 5 belt loops and forgot to put a belt on for photos. Classic Lily that. 😉  You can use your imagination, right?


Figuring things out for myself seems to be one of my best ways of working, so I’ve a feeling that from now on I might be improvising and cutting my own patterns, with the help of Youtube and the sewing encyclopedia when I’m stuck, of course.  Any fellow crafters out there: do you prefer following patterns, or do you find that sometimes they can confuse you more so than making it up yourself?


Cropped tops are always bralets on me!  I swear I have an extra 3 ribs on each side giving me a ridiculously long torso haha.



Pinafore: Handmade Cropped top: Topshop (2013) Boots: New Look

Stealing my mum’s shoes, again!  Black boots – especially chunky low heels – seem to go with everything I own, summer or winter.  Totally cliche for spring I know, but I’m really liking bold floral prints at the minute, and everything my mum and I have made over the last month or so has been in various combinations of pink and white.  I’m not that much of a girly girl, I promise!  Plain black seemed like the best option for toning down the extreme cutesy-girliness of a pink floral pinafore; that’s my logic anyway. 🙂


10 days until exams start, eeek!  We had our final end of school photos the other day, and it’s finally sinking in that we’re actually leaving for good in no time at all.  Feels strange.  Anyone else got mixed feelings about leaving school?

lily kate x
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    3rd May 2014 at 1:37 am

    I CANNOT believe that you made that! Wow! Beautiful craftsmanship. My hand made pieces always look very handmade. You are talented!

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      7th May 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Ah thank you so much Chloe! The zip on this looks VERY handmade (I couldn’t find a zipper foot so did it by hand) but I can assure you it has its flaws haha! I always love the things you make!

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    3rd May 2014 at 2:11 am

    My last exam was Tuesday and graduate on Sunday….it feels soo weird! I’m so used to having assignments and things to study for I don’t know what to do now! Good luck on your exams!

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      7th May 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Lucky you! I bet it feels so strange to be leaving education! Thank you 😀

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    Alice Evans
    3rd May 2014 at 8:53 am

    Wow Lily, I think this has to be my favorite piece you’ve ever made! + I know what you mean about leaving school, so strange…


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    14th July 2015 at 2:45 am

    Love it! I’m thinking of making this skirt next and I love your pinafore adaptation.

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      lily kate
      19th July 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you! Good luck with the skirt! I’m sure it’ll turn out lovely 😀

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    27th May 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Just discovered this post off of google images that I hadn’t seen before on your blog (which, by the way, I love)! Your gorgeous pinny dress/skirt and has inspired me to try it out as I think I have the Great British Sewing Bee book but haven’t really taken to any of its projects. Maybe it’ll get me back into sewing after my grumpy GCSE Textiles teacher this year has scared me away! Thank you for sharing!

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      lily kate
      2nd June 2016 at 7:38 am

      Aw thank you Rebecca! Definitely give this one a try, I loved adding the pinafore bit to the skirt 🙂 So annoying how teachers can put you off but I’m sure you can get back into it!

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    Rosie Jackson
    14th June 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Like Rebecca I have just found this post too and I’m totally in love with your pinafore dress/skirt!! Well done, it looks very difficult to make! That material is absolutely beautiful. I know you made this a long time ago but where did you get that material from, I have to have some! 🙂

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      lily kate
      14th June 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Aw thank you Rosie! It wasn’t as difficult as you’d think, from what I remember! I bought the material from a local market, so I have no idea where you could find it, sorry 🙁

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