Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts – The Brighton Skirt

brighton button down skirt

Tomorrow is the day and my new book will be set free into the world! I hope you’ve enjoyed these introductions to all the projects in the book, I’ve loved writing them; revisiting lots of significant places and sharing some of my research for the projects. So, last but not least, I introduce you to the final project in Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts: the Brighton – a button through skirt.

Brighton, on the south coast of the UK is where I have lived since 2001. It’s also where (since 2011) I teach all of my sewing classes, from MIY Workshop in the North Laine area of the city centre; famous for its independent shops and cafés and growing creative quarter (which MIY Workshop is at the heart of!).

Button through skirts seem to date from the late 1960’s and 70’s; often either mini length or below the knee, A-line in shape and in substantial fabrics like denim, corduroy, leather or suede.

brighton skirtTypical 1970’s button through skirt styles. Source: Google image search.

I’ve given my skirt a twist and while it keeps that A-line shape it has added gathering to the back and side…..

gathered skirt

…..but keeps a flattering flat front (try and say that quickly!).

brighton skirt button through skirt

As with all the skirts in the book there are lots of different ways you can make the Brighton skirt to make it really suit your own style: there are three different lengths, you can use buttons…..

button up skirt brighton skirt

……press studs…….

brighton skirt

……or a zip in the front…..

brighton skirt

…….and of course you can add pockets. We all love a skirt with pockets.

brighton skirt pocket

Don’t be nervous about the buttons or poppers gaping either, I show you how to include a clever “secret” fastening at the top of the skirt which makes sure that won’t happen!

I can see a simple denim version of the Brighton skirt teamed with trainers for summer dog walks, or with woolly tights and boots for winter, a short zip front version would make a cute holiday skirt and a long button front version is grown-up modern girlieness.

The Brighton skirt works really well in mediumweight woven fabrics such as lightweight denims, cotton/linen blends, needlecord, cotton chintz, cotton poplin and lightweight wools.  It also looks great in more fluid drapey fabrics such as rayon (viscose) poplin, cupro or silk challis, crêpe, noile and satin.

***Watch out for the start of a competition to win a massive bundle of sewing essentials I’ll be launching tomorrow on PUBLICATION DAY!!!***

I’m now taking pre-orders for signed copies of the book. You can order yours hereNOTE: You will be charged when you place your order, but your book won’t be sent until publication day on 25th October.

All photography is by Julian Ward © Cico Books with styling by Rob Merrett. Illustrations are by Wendy Ward.


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