Completed: The Tie-less Miette

31 Mar

Ever since I made up my my first version of Tilly’s Miette wrap skirt, I’ve been meaning to make a second one. Isn’t that how it is, though? You find a pattern you like, you vow to make another one post haste, and it falls to the backburner in favor of something more *new* (I’m the same way with knitting socks. I’ve been meaning to knit a pair since I started knitting, but I keep getting seduced by gorgeous sweater patterns. Someday, I guess!). Miette fell by the wayside for, oh, a year.

Red Miette - no ties

What’s even dumber is that I finally sat down and made that shit up, and it took me all of two hours. Oh, priorities.

Red Miette - no ties

So, back to Miette. Like I said, I’ve made this pattern before – and I still wear it aaaaall the time. That polka dot fabric goes with everything as far as I’m concerned, and it’s a great skirt for “oooh I have nothing to wear” because any top you wear with it looks instantly polished. I wish Mood Fabrics still had some of that navy, by the way. I tried to find it in the store while I was there a couple of weeks ago but all they had left was brown with white polka dots (which I totally bought, by the way).

Red Miette - no ties

This fabric in question is Organic Cotton Twill. It was one of the first things I grabbed in my first NYC-Mood-store-run (I also bought some navy because, c’mon, it’s just beautiful), and one of the only *basic* fabrics I bought the entire weekend (truth, I realized I should save my money & suitcase space for stuff that’s more special/can’t be later bought online). I love this stuff; it’s the same twill I made my skinny red Thurlows with, and I can personally vouch that it wears and washes beautifully. The only drawback is that it also attracts thread and cat hair like it’s going out of style. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Red Miette - no ties

Back to the skirt. The only thing I didn’t care much for in the original pattern was the waist ties. I knowwww, the waist ties are basically the whole point of the damn pattern! But on me, I always felt like they looked a little too twee and added too much bulk to my waist. I usually wear the bow tied to the back (it’s a tiny bow, but I make it work, dammit!), which is fine, but it means I can’t wear belts with the skirt. Y’all know how much I love abusing my belt privileges, too. I briefly experimented with tucking the ties in the waistband so I could put a belt over it, but that added even more bulk.

Red Miette - no ties

So I just made the skirt without the damn ties. Instant win!

Red Miette - no ties

This was sooo easy. Using my original skirt as reference, I sewed up the 3 waistband pieces as normal and attached them to the top of the skirt. Before I sewed the facing on, I tried on the skirt and measured how much waistband to cut off to get a good fit (the waistband does not sit completely in line with the skirt top; there’s some excess on either side). I wanted the underlap to have about 1.5″ of excess, and the overlap to be completely flush with the skirt. After I finished the waistband (sewing it as you would normally sew a plain waistband), I sewed a button hole + button to both the underlap and over lap. easy!

Red Miette - no ties

Red Miette - no ties

The inside of this skirt is very plain. I just serged all my seams, pressed them open, and topstitched them down. The topstitching helps keep the seams open (one thing I always need to re-press with my former Miette), and makes the skirt look more casual.

Red Miette - no ties

I think the pooling at the back is due to how I’m standing, btw. After seeing these photos, I checked in the mirror and that shit is smooth.

Red Miette - no ties

This is a great, full-coverage wrap skirt. I can personally vouch that I’ve worn my other Miette on some SUPER windy days and that shit stays put. I also ride a bike in this skirt, no fear of flashing! The fact that it wraps in the back helps things stay perfectly in place.

Red Miette - no ties

Also, in case you were wondering – I did make my tshirt as well! It’s a Renfrew, and the fabric is from Elizabeth. It’s a bit on the sheer side (ok, a LOT on the sheer side hahah), but it’s great for layering during this weird, fickle season. This is the same top I wore during the NYC meet-up, btw. I have lots of handmades like this – basic, simple, didn’t take a lot of time to sew up – and I’m reluctant to post them because it just seems like a such a boring post on my end. This is not to say that I think people who post about a tshirt are making a boring post – I love reading that kind of stuff! But I personally make soo many, it just seems really redundant for me to keep posting the same pattern over and over. So I try to sneak them in posts like this. A twofer, if you will. lolz.

Red Miette - no ties

Huh, I guess I should clean the lens of my camera tho.

Red Miette - no ties

Um. Sorry in advance for all the cat hair you’re about to see :X

Red Miette - no ties

Topstitching! For this, I used my blind hem foot and stuck the little blade in the ditch, then stitched down each side (single needle). This gave me a perfectly straight line that mirrors both sides 🙂 With my topstitching, I also like to increase the stitch length a bit (going from 2.5 to 3), as I think it looks a bit nicer.

Red Miette - no ties

Decorative button at the over lap.

Red Miette - no ties

Plain button at the underlap.

Red Miette - no ties

So there you go! Plain Miette, perfect wardrobe basic that I assure you will get worn a LOT this summer. I just love making wardrobe basics; I know the pretty/fancy stuff is more interesting to make for some people, but I really find a good basic to be a great way to work on really perfecting my technique. Plus, unlike fancy piece – this shit gets worn to death.

What about you? Do you like making basics? Or are you a special-occasion-only sewer?

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50 Responses to “Completed: The Tie-less Miette”

  1. True Bias March 31, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    im really trying to make more basics. this is so cute on you and the color is awesome with your hair.

  2. Miss Demeanour March 31, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I hear ya darl. I’m going back to basics and sewing up some separates i.e. skirts and casual tops. My poor wardrobe is crying out for it. Love this btw.

  3. Red Point Tailor March 31, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I love to make and wear basics. I do not have a lot of garments s- I will start making new basics soon.
    This skirt and top are great! I can imagin wearing this top while sailing… I have to look for good jerwey.

  4. Rachel March 31, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I love that skirt!! Thanks for confirming the lack of flashing, it was a thing I was worried about but no longer!

    I’ve been trying to mooosssttllyyy make basics, just because I get bummed out looking at a pretty dress I made that I’ve only worn twice and is just hanging sad in my closet. And I’m trying to slowly replace everything in my closet with handmade stuff, and that means lots of basics. 🙂

  5. cristina March 31, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    I´ve got some plaided patterned wool in green and strawberry and I´m planning to sew a Miette. The waist ties are going out as I´m cheasing a 50´s look. I just think the flare and center seam are perfect for this style and some plaid-matching… Will see how it turns out :-). Your skirt is beautiful and I can see you wearing it a lot this summer.

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  7. Nakisha March 31, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    First: I got a cat a few months ago. HOLY CRAP their hair gets EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!

    Second: Gorgeous skirt!!!!! I am also in love with blue/white striped tops and solid color bottoms. Seriously; green, yellow, red, swoon…

  8. Lady Stitcher March 31, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Great skirt – and top! I’ve been meaning to make this for an absolute age now! I was just thinking today that I mostly sew everyday clothing but that I have events coming up that I should probably sew something more formal for. I guess I’m more motivated to work on the things I think I’ll have plenty of opportunities to wear rather than clothes that are left in the wardrobe for most of the year. But I love reading blog posts on both categories! 🙂

  9. Pootle and Make March 31, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    This is so cute on you. I really like the shape of this skirt and the colour is a lovely shade of red. Lovin the hair too.

  10. Philippa March 31, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Doh I wish I’d thought of that 🙂 It’s such a fab shape and colour. I have the pattern and my plan is to make one late spring with the ties – but I love your version so too! I’m totally a basics sewer as I’m quite a beginner and am trying to make all my own stuff but I am slow. So I love patterns that haven’t got too many details, will still fit well and go with loads of other things. You’re very inspiring!

  11. seamsoddlouise March 31, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    This shape and colour are super flattering. And I always love reading your blog it’s written so well I can hear your voice saying it.

  12. knitmo March 31, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I am a total basic maker. While the fancy stuff is fun, I rarely have a reason to wear it. I struggle with finding clothes that fit me well. Instead of taking that crushing self-esteem defeat each and every time I need to buy T-shirts, I make them. Same for skirts and getting that way for pants.

    Just yesterday, I bought navy, white, and white and red and navy striped jersey to make three summer Renfrews and navy twill to make a pair of thurlow shorts for summer wear.

    I have a sleeveless Laurel cut out, waiting for me to sew the zip in — This is my fourth one, and I live in them over the summer.

  13. B & the Moon March 31, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    What a simple but EXCELLENT idea, I doff my metaphorical cap to you…also, I have 3 dogs…I can guarantee my sewing is probably covered in more pet hair than yours!

  14. emcclure2010 March 31, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    I am totally getting into sewing basics. I’ve been all inspired by Colette’s Wardrobe Architect project as well as a few other blogs who’ve been taking on the same general issue and sewing for what I actually wear. As much as I love me some cute woven dresses the reality is that I really like being comfortable and wear a lot of knits. So I’ve finally made my first t-shirt (renfrew) a couple weeks ago and I am super stoked to be able to make actual wardrobe basics!

  15. maddie March 31, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    I think you know the answer to the question for me. I like making the special occasion garments, but that’s because it’s what I wear on a daily basis. I am trying to make basics to make my special garments a little less special, but even then, I add accoutrements that make it not so normal (i.e. rhinestones!)

  16. Carolyn March 31, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    This is a great outfit on you! And this is my year of basics ~ I have so many pretties that I just want to make a lot of stuff in solid colors or simple shapes.

  17. Jane March 31, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Love, love, love it, I bet you wear it to death! I feel the same about the Miette bow, even though it’s lovely I’m sure I’d wear mine more without it. Hhmm, got me thinking now! x

  18. heather p. March 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Tres cute! I have a very easy vogue wrap skirt pattern circa 1976 that I’ve been meaning to make up for forever now. It has buttons instead of ties. I definitely don’t need to add any bulk to my “have had two babies waist”!

  19. Anonymous March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Very cute, and in red it seems like a perfect match!

  20. Emmely March 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    It looks great! I mostly make basics because that is what I wear. I don’t have a lot of special occasions that require fancy clothes so it seems a bit of a waste sometimes to spend a lot of time on a garment that I’ll maybe wear once a year if I’m lucky.

  21. Jess B March 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    It looks fantastic! I’m not a tie girl and am a belt girl (just like you) so it’s great to know that this can be done.

  22. bimbleandpimble March 31, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Total wardrobe staple here – awesome!

  23. yosami March 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    What a gorgeous shade of red! Your skirt looks great!

  24. Blue Sunday March 31, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Hahah! I like making anything at the moment. If I can finish a garment and wear it in public I’m happy. Tee Hee! Hopefully I’ll get to the point where I’m duplicating the best designers and runway fashions … and can sew something … anything … for a special occasion. Only time will tell!

  25. Meg Kundert March 31, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Last month I went through my wardrobe and identified the holes. I made a list and organized it in order of sewing so i now have 36 piece SWAP. I put the boring basics and tees at the top, otherwise they would never get made.

  26. gingermakes March 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    These are both so cute and both totally your style! I love ’em! I bet you’ll wear these all the time. 🙂

  27. Laura March 31, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Love this skirt! I altered my first Miette from ties to button tabs as well – the fabric was too thick for a decent bow. The red looks great with your hair!

  28. weefrills March 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Really cute. Red’s my favorite.

  29. Lou April 1, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    Love the basics, as that’s what I wear the most! I’ve been thinking about getting rid of the ties (same reasons) and using buttons instead, good to see it working out well!

  30. Essi P April 1, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    I love your tie-less Miette-skirt. I’ve been pondering about doing the same for a while now as I love the shape, but I’m not too keen on the ties either. I’ll be copying you soon 😀

  31. Danica April 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    I love sewing basics. The skirt you made is cute and versatile. Thank you for mentioning that you increase the stitch length when topstitching. I never thought of that, but you are right, it does look nicer. Such simple tips are so helpful.

  32. Ellen April 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Great tip for top stitching along a seam. I have an edge stitch foot with a centre blade which will work perfectly. Thanks.

  33. fionaparker17 April 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Ok now I really HAVE to make this pattern! Love it without the ties, especially in red!

  34. Thea April 3, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Oooh, I’ve been thinking of making one with buttons, so it’s great to see that you beat me to it and I can copy you lazily instead of having to do much thinking myself 😉 I have the same problem that I don’t know what to do with the ties, so this looks perfect. Thanks!

  35. Nat April 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Awesome! Love the skirt, the fabric is gorgeous but id have the same annoying cat hair issues….

  36. missjoiedevivre April 6, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    This is a great, versatile, stylish wardrobe staple. I love the shape on you too!

  37. Anonymous April 6, 2014 at 6:48 am #

    Lovely skiet, but IJust adore the shoes!!

  38. Kelly April 6, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    I absolutely love the shape of this skirt. I’ve been meaning to make this for sooo long but keep forgetting about it until I see another blogger’s beautiful version. Endless ideas and plans… a most common sewing problem.

  39. janeyo November 28, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    Yaay i just ordered this pattern but after studying went straight off the bow, way too bulky, sorted! now ill be banging em out.All best xx

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