Tilly and the Buttons - Miette Skirt : Handwoven Bali Fabric
Growing up my Grandma had a friend who would spend 3 or 4 months every year in Bali. These trips didn’t just serve as a holiday, but also an opportunity to buy knick-knacks and clothing to sell back in our small town. I always loved the handwoven fabrics in the clothing, but found the styles a bit too Grandma for my taste. No matter how left of centre I am, the moo moo is one fashion style I believe has no place outside of the home.
With this in mind, I was determined to buy fabric on our recent trip to Bali. The trip was short, so to keep it sweet rummaging around a local market was out. Thankfully next to our hotel in Sanur (a quick stop en route to Candi Dasa) was Nogo - Bali Ikat Centre. The fabrics are both lovely and pricey!
A few days later back in Singapore I got to sewing Tilly and The Buttons’ Miette Skirt. This pattern is brilliant for beginners. Tilly and The Buttons' patterns are easy to follow and call for glass of prosecco when you finish, so what’s not to love?
As laid out my pattern for cutting, I quickly realised that back in Bali something was lost in translation. Some how I did not have enough fabric! The beauty of this wrap skirt pattern is there’s a lot of fabric overlap. So even though I knew the final product would not be perfect, I decided to press on.
From cutting to finished product the skirt took a few hours spread out over a few days. I magically managed to line up the pattern on the fabric perfectly too. However, in addition to not buying the right amount of fabric, I failed to notice how sheer the fabric was while shopping. Sadly this skirt can only be used as swimsuit cover up – or perhaps when we move to a colder climate that calls for leggings.
If you’re a sewer heading to Bali with limited time and a desire to pick up hand woven fabric I’d recommend a trip to Nogo - Bali Ikat Centre. Keep in mind that while the fabric is expensive, it might be better to buy more rather than less. And perhaps test the sheerness of your fabric… no matter how pretty it is, if you can see everything underneath no one will be looking at your clothing. ;-)