Hot! “Tinkerbell Meets Obama” Or the Meringue Skirt

The Facts
Fabric:  Brushed tweed from Barcelona’s Ribes I Casals
Pattern: Colette Meringue
Year: 2012
Notions: One zip from stash
Time to complete:  6 hours
First worn: Today!
Wear again? Definately
Total price: 6 Euros so around £4?

This is a mish mash of different things this week. My accessories that I chose are two that I often wear together.

My Grandmother’s long string of pearls and a 1950s gold flower brooch. They weren’t my only inspiration for this outfit! I was totally trying to channel Michelle Obama’s outfit.

I decided to try out the first pattern in the Colette Handbook. The Meringue skirt. I had some lovely tweed that I picked up on my trip to Barcelona last March. The fabric was 3 euros per metre but it was extremely narrow! It took a bit more time to cut out.

I had fun making this skirt but sadly the minty green colour and scalloped hem made me look a bit more Tinkerbell than Obama!

Nevertheless I really like the skirt and the instructions were lovely and clear. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy so much was the amount of handstitching I did on the skirt. I spent most of last night slipstitching the top and bottom facings down and handpicking the zipper. I was pleased that I learnt a new skill and the skirt is one of the best I’ve made technically for a while but my impatience got the better of me last night!

In honor of Colette I made my own little set for photos!




Stevie Is a student of Fashion and Dress History from Brighton, Who started sewing at 16 after a fateful incident with corset making she decided to actually learn to sew. A college course later and she has her own blog where she talks about her love of Vintage Fashion and her fabric obsessions.


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  1. I adore the color of your meringue! It’s so soft and springy :) Well done!

  2. Love that colour! It is so fresh and happy.

  3. Very cute, and I love that you included the inspiration photo. Well done!

  4. I think it looks more Obama than Tinkerbell and I really like the minty green colour.

  5. I’m eagerly waiting on my copy of this book, can’t wait to try out some of the patterns. Colour combo is gorgeous, very springtime:)

  6. I think you look great! Very true to your inspiration photo.

  7. I love you set Stevie, I just made a meringue, it really is a great pattern. I like your outfit very much!