Tencel picnic blanket skirt

This is the story of what I’ll call an ‘impulse make’ – like impulse shopping, but where you make the garment yourself! It’s hurtling into summer here in Australia, and as the weather has been warming up, I realised that my wardrobe – even my warm-weather wardrobe – is mostly black. I don’t have a lot of light-coloured clothes, and that has been a problem as the temperature rises and the days get longer!

I started off by trying to find a light blue skirt online, but as I browsed the stores I just couldn’t find anything that I really wanted. I had in mind an a-line or full skirt, knee-length (not mini!), and there had to be pockets, of course… I just couldn’t find anything that fit that description.

Then I realised I knew the exact style of skirt I was looking for – the picnic blanket skirt from Tilly and the Buttons! All I needed was the right fabric – which I found on sale at Spotlight, a gorgeous light blue tencel with white dots. Perfect!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

This was a very quick afternoon make! I followed the tutorial on the Tilly and the Buttons blog, but instead of making buttonholes, I used some gold snaps that I had left over from another project. I love the way the gold snaps look against the fabric of the skirt – they do weigh the placket down a tiny bit, but it’s not too bad.

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

I of course included the side-seam pockets, because if I’m going to make a skirt or dress, you better believe I’ll add pockets!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

I’m so pleased with how this turned out! Not only did I get the exact style and colour of skirt that I wanted, but I got the satisfaction of making it myself and to my exact measurements rather than buying something ready-made. I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt all summer!

all the little happy things - tencel picnic blanket skirt

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Picnic blanket skirt

After my success with making my own pyjama pants, I was itching to start a new ongoing sewing project to work on during my down-time after work and on the weekends.

I decided to go with another project by Tilly Walnes, this time from her blog: the Picnic Blanket skirt! I’ve been looking for a few more pieces I can add to my ‘casual Friday’ wardrobe, and this skirt looked like it would fit the bill.

I picked up the fabric for the skirt at the same BrisStyle De-stash and Dash event where I got the fabric for my Margot pyjama pants. I really liked the look of Tilly’s original skirt, so I went with a lovely navy-and-white plaid cotton fabric (from the 1990s!), and picked up some wooden buttons from my local Spotlight.

After about three weeks of sewing for a few hours at a time on weekends and before bed some weeknights, I finally finished my very own Picnic Blanket skirt!

all the little happy things - my Picnic Blanket skirt

It was my first time making gathers and sewing buttonholes. Since I’m still a novice, I did have to refer to Tilly’s book Love at First Stitch a couple of times to make sure I was doing a few of the techniques right. But the steps on the website were otherwise very easy to follow. I stitched the pockets about an inch too low down the side seams, but oh well – they’re still usable!

all the little happy things - my Picnic Blanket skirt

I really enjoyed making this skirt, and I’m glad it turned out so well! I can’t wait to start my next sewing project… maybe I could tackle a dress next!

all the little happy things - my Picnic Blanket skirt