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Arielle Skirt

Tilly and the Buttons

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This easy-to-use sewing pattern will take you through the steps to making the Arielle skirt, with jargon-busting instructions and photos showing you how to sew each part.

Arielle is an asymmetric pencil or mini skirt with an adorable button opening to one side. Long darts and a high waistline create a flattering, figure-hugging shape. The unlined version is an ideal project for confident beginners, or take your sewing prowess up a notch by adding the optional luxury lining.

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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

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    4 out of 5 Using leftovers for Arielle


    For my 1st version, I decided to make a super economical version, with the various brique red fabrics leftovers from my last projects: the cape V9288 and the dress Freya. And with this project ends, normally, my phase “brick color” with an Arielle skirt as red Arielle the little mermaid!

    The sewing doesn’t present any particular difficulty, except perhaps seaming together the two opposite curves of the facing and the lining.Indeed, the seam allowance of 1.5 cm (quite standard in Anglo-Saxon patterns) does not make easy sewing these curves together. The instructions calls for snipping the seam allowance BEFORE sewing … which opens to me a great potential of mistakes.

    My other down point: no pockets. Hence the 4 stars for that, otherwise, great pattern.

    As usual, this pattern of Tilly and the buttons is easy to make and fits well. I’ll keep it preciously in my pattern library to remake it.In addition, it uses very little fabric and can effectively eliminate some fabric remnants in the stash …

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    5 out of 5 Arielle skirt


    This is a high waisted close-fitting skirt, with pattern options for mini or knee length and lined or unlined. I made the lined knee length version in a heavy denim. I found it true to size. I cut a straight size 4 and then took in the waist slightly after trying it on during construction., which is a common adjustment for me. The pattern instructions are clear and the pattern pieces all came together very well. The only slightly tricky element is sewing the lining to the waist facing at the curves, but this is well explained in the pattern booklet. If making again I’d use fabric with a bit of stretch – although denim is a good choice for giving structure, the pencil style of the knee length version does mean there’s not much room for movement.

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    5 out of 5 Fun to make and wear!


    I enjoyed making my first Arielle skirt and can definitely see me making more of these. I was scared of all those buttonholes but for no reason at all! It was simple to construct and comfortable to wear. As with all of Tilly’s patterns it comes with fantastically clear instructions and I think it looks great on everyone!

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    4 out of 5


    I’ve had this pattern in my stash for years and I don’t know what’s taken me so long to make it (probably buttonhole-phobia!).

    I’ve worn it to work 6 times in 2wks!

    I made it from a wool suiting fabric. The lining is a refashioned kimono from the high street.

    I took the high waist off because I have a short torso and prefer a lower waist. This created a few fiddly issues with the facing. That’s not the pattern though, it’s my adjustments.

    I also lengthened the mini version by 2″ because I wanted to wear the skirt to work.

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    This pattern has been around for a few years and there are lots of lovely versions to see on Instagram #sewingarielle. The pattern advises not to use a too heavy weight fabric so I was a bit nervous about sewing this up in tweed but it worked fine and I didn’t need to use a lighter fabric for the facings. I just sewed down the facing at the side seams and the darts to keep the facing in place. I made the mini length version and was actually quite surprised to find it was still ‘mini’ on me and I’m 5’4”! I did also make a toile of this in a heavy coating fabric and it was too bulky at the corners, so the tweed is about the maximum weight the pattern can manage, I think. I love that this pattern has a bit of easy adjustability with the buttons – I sewed a 3 and didn’t make any changes. My blog has a little more about this make and where I bought the fabric from the weaver on the Isle of Harris.

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    I’ve made this mini version of this pattern twice now and I am a big fan. The style works well for any season depending on which fabric you choose and is a great wardrobe filler with a cute twist.

    The first version I made was in a red wool with a cotton lining and the second version was quilting cotton without lining. I have a wide hip measurement (I probably fit into the ‘pear’ category), so I graded out a size from the waist measurement in the first version, which helped, but still left the top gaping a bit. In my second version I graded out by two sizes and that seemed to do the trick. The alteration is very easy to do, so don’t be put off if you don’t fit the required measurements. If you have larger hips I would recommend cutting it a little long as I found that there wasn’t a lot of fabric left for hemming once I tried it on.

    Tilly’s instructions were extremely clear as usual and you get a little booklet with colour photos to take you through every step of the process. I would say any confident beginner could have a go at this.

    You can read full posts about both versions on my blog

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    I found this such a nice pattern to sew. For my first Arielle I used a thin cotton that I was worried would be too light for the weight of the pattern, but I was tempted by the print. I lined the skirt following Tilly’s instructions, and it worked really well – first time I’ve lined anything, but I took my time with it and read carefully before ploughing ahead (lesson learned) so it came together well. With the right size it was easy to fit to my shape with the buttons and buttonholes at the end – but I do find that stage in any pattern with buttons a bit of a chore. I really like the finished effect though (and the buttons were pretty too).
    I love the lining – it’s my favourite thing about the whole make. Other dresses and skirts have been less than practical when it gets a bit colder, but my Arielle sits comfortably and feels ‘proper’. I don’t think it would be a good first pattern for anyone, but a beginner with a bit of experience (ie me) can probably work their way through it as the individual stages aren’t hard. It was definitely good to have a block of time to work on it though – would have been much harder to do in grabbed five mins here and there.
    I’ve got my fabric for a second one, just need some time …

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