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DIY \\ Leopard print A-line skirt - Tilly & The Buttons Delphine

In my Spring wishlist post I included a picture of a Topshop jacquard leopard print skirt. I first saw it on The Debrief in an article where Kristabel took pictures of various Topshop outfits. Then I kept seeing it (and many other similar ones) pop up on blogs and people at work and really wanted it, but couldn't bring myself to spend the best part of £38 on a pretty basic skirt. So I thought I'd make my own...

The inspiration...
A-line leopard print mini skirt
Images from: Topshop, Pinterest (no attribution), The Debrief, Collage Vintage.

I found some really similar leopard print upholstery fabric on eBay for only £5.75 per metre and decided to use the Delphine skirt pattern from the Tilly and the Buttons book "Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking". The Delphine pattern is a bit more of an exaggerated a-line shape than I was after, so I just slimmed the sides in a little below the hips. And here's the result:

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine skirt pattern- DIY a-line leopard print mini
I'm really pleased with how it turned out! When you add up the fabric and the zip (I had the rest of the notions I needed already), it cost me a whole £6.75! Which is a damn sight less than £38, plus I know it's great quality and won't fall apart because I sewed it myself! Plus, an a-line skirt was one of my "Spring key pieces", so I'm sure it will get worn to death!

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine skirt pattern - DIY a-line leopard print mini
The skirt is underlined with what I *think* is a stretch gaberdine that I got an absolute ton of from the Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham. I knew the upholstery fabric would stretch out of shape without it, and this helps give the a-line shape more structure too. The seams and hem are all bound in bright pink bias binding! The binding added a lot of time to the construction of the skirt, but I love the neatness of a bound seam and had this pink binding left over from my flamingo suit and I thought it would be fun to have a secret flash of colour inside the skirt. Also, you can't see it very well but there's a "handmade by fritha louise" tag on the waistband that I got made by Woven Labels UK.

Tilly and the Buttons Delphine skirt pattern - DIY a-line leopard print mini
Jacket - Emilio Pucci (from TK Maxx)
T-shirt - Zoe Karssen (from TK Maxx)
Skirt - DIY
Boots - Asos

What do you think? Have you ever made your own version of something you've wanted from the highstreet?

9 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I love this! Look at the fabric!! Look at the binding!!!

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  2. Just discovered your blog - its bloody amazing :-) as is the skirt of course x

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  3. Love! as pretty inside as out :) Much better than 38 quid at Topshop.

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  4. This is amazing, I love that pink piping!

    Maria xxx

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  5. Oh you talented thing, that is an ace looking skirt Fritha!!

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  6. You paired it so beautifully! You look gorgeous and are very very talented :)
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Would you mind me sharing this on SSB? I link to your post and let you know when shared. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    1. Of course :) Thank you, I'm so flattered you'd like to share it!

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  8. To be featured on SSB tomorrow. Thanks for permitting. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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