Pigeon skirt

It’s a Hummingbird, but it’s grey.

Which therefore makes it a pigeon.

(Because I can’t think of any other grey birds.)

Hummingbird skirt

Either way, I made a Hummingbird skirt! Woo hoo!!! πŸ˜€

Hummingbird skirt

I’ve loved the idea of this pattern ever since I saw the teasers on Sewing Cake. 1930’s inspired! Flounce! What’s not to love?!?

And here, now, finally, is my first (note: first, but not the last) Hummingbird skirt.

(I made the version with the tail flounce, naturally. πŸ˜‰ )

Hummingbird skirt

The verdict? I likes it!

(Although there are a couple of things I’d do differently next time. Like raise the waist so it sits at my natural waist, which I think it a bit more flattering for me, especially post-baby-belly. And lower both the hem and where the tail starts at the back, since I think the tail starts a bit high on me. (Plus, the tail starts higher than most of the zips in my invisible zipper stash end.))

I may have kinda changed a couple of things for this make. One was intentional. The other was accidental.

The intentional change – I lined it! This grey fabric is lovely, but it’s quite a loose weave, and I have a feeling it would stretch out of shape over time. (Plus it would cling to tights horribly and I’d be forever pulling it down again.) So, I drafted up a lining, and lined it in burgundy. (And then forgot to take a photo of said lining, but I promise you it’s there.) I have plans to do a post on how to draft a lining for the Hummingbird skirt sometime soon, in case anyone else is interested.

The accidental change – I attached the tail flounce upside down. Oops. (Remember one of my key ‘learnings’ from last year, to read instructions? Yeah, well, turns out I didn’t learn that one too well.) Since the fabric is quite a loose weave, and it was a lapped seam, I decided it looked fine upside down and just went with it. (I’ll make sure to attach it the right way up next time though, just to compare the effect.)

Hummingbird skirt

I love the way the pockets are done on this style – so clever, with the pocket lining folding over, and so neat and tidy! (And it must be admitted, the pockets are the main reason I see another couple of versions of this skirt in my future. They are too awesome not to make again.)

Hummingbird skirt

For the heck of it, I used some fabric I got in a swap for the pocket lining. It’s a cute white cotton with red zips and other sewing things all over it. And it makes me smile whenever I peek into the pockets and see it. Win!

Hummingbird skirt

We were down in Dunedin weekend before last, for a big family get-together. My lovely mother looked after the little guy so I could finish off this skirt on her sewing machine. (Thanks, mum!) Felt good to finally get some sewing in – it’s been a struggle to find time recently! And then on our way to the airport, we detoured through the Botanic Gardens, stopped off in the greenhouse to get some pics. After all, hummingbirds are tropical, and so were the plants in here – it seemed fitting, dontcha think?

My thoughts on the Hummingbird skirt pattern? I like it – the pockets are a clever piece of work, and the flounce combined with the pegged side seams is pretty and dressy yet also easy to wear. (I must admit that the seam allowance bugs me though – 1.2cm?!? Rather frustrating, since it’s non-standard and my machine doesn’t have 1.2cm guides on it. But hey, it’s easy enough to work around that and just a small frustration really.) So yeah, I’m gonna make it again. Both a longer version with a tail flounce, and the straight skirt version.

Hummingbird skirt

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42 responses to “Pigeon skirt

  1. Lovely skirt. Do you ever read a blog post and the post completely changes how you feel about a pattern? Well your post just got the Hummingbird on my to make list! So cute and in grey it proves that work-appropriate attire can still have a funky design and a little fun (pocket lining!).

    • Haha, yeah, I’ve had that happen to me a few times! The Tiramisu dress was the latest one that I got converted to, actually. πŸ˜‰

  2. love it! i have made 2 hummingbirds (no flounce) – wearing one at the moment! it’s a fab pattern. i have one planned for winter with a flounce so it would be fab to see your tutorial for lining it as i think the fabric i have will need it to avoid the sticking to tights look!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚

      I’m hoping to have the tutorial written and up next week – hopefully it’ll be useful! It gets rid of the seams in the front of the skirt so it’s one smooth piece.

  3. Oh it’s so beautiful! I’m super impressed. I don’t know how you find the time at all heh πŸ™‚

    • In tiny bursts of 5 minutes, grabbed when and where I can. πŸ˜‰ (Plus, I choose less sleep in order to sew sometimes. Yes, I am that hooked on my hobby. *sigh*)

  4. What a beautiful well made skirt! I love the “tail” part! Also, your shoes are AWESOME!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚

      I love this style of shoes, I may kinda have about four pairs now in slightly different styles and very different colours…. (<- last part of that sentence to be said in a shameful whisper)

  5. This fits you so beautifully! What a nice skirt!

  6. I love this – it looks great on you! I, too, really love the upside tail. πŸ™‚ This may be the first version that has really inspired me to make this pattern (sshh, don’t tell!).

    • Aw, shucks, thank you! πŸ™‚ You should give the pattern a try – the pockets are brilliant, and I can see it being easy to hack into different versions (such as a-line, etc)

  7. What a great little skirt. I love the fabric colour. I’d have to agree about the way it sits. On the waist is always flattering (and more comfy IMHO). This skirt works better with a top that you don’t tuck in, hence the peplum top it comes with. Great job!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, definitely going with it sitting at the waist next time. I thought I’d go with how it was meant to be the first time I made it, just to see how it turned out….

  8. Your hummingbird looks great on you – I was not so keen on the flounce when I saw the pattern but you have converted me!

  9. FLOUNCE!!!! I love it!! I think this skirt is the best with the flounce included, it’s the best part! Yours is looking very smart and elegant in that lovely suit fabric. And, love the pocket ‘surprise’. πŸ™‚ Some Grey birds: gulls, dark eyed junco, various sparrows, pine siskin, herons, grey go-away bird (seriously, that’s its name), african grey parrot. “You’re Welcome!” -the Cliff Claven of the Sewing Bloggers World….. πŸ˜›

    • Wow, I’d never heard of most of those birds before!! (Off to Google the grey go-away bird now, I feel a strong need to know what it looks like, haha!) I’m kinda tempted to make some more grey things, just so I can name them after different grey birds… πŸ˜‰

    • Ok, the grey go-away bird is officially rather awesome. I need to make a dress to name after it…… Thanks for the avian lesson! πŸ˜‰

      • Lol. You’re welcome. Happy to be of service. I’m pretty good for fairly useless facts spanning many topics, should you require more. πŸ™‚ (oh, and my cape is FINISHED and photographed!!!!! Writing blogpost now)

  10. Business in the front, party in the back! πŸ™‚ I like this much more than I thought I would seeing more versions made up. I need some neutral skirts, I like your choice of grey, a great colour because the flounce adds something fancy but it’s still a good staple to wear with lots of colourful tops

    • Is this where I admit that the only reason I made it in grey was because I was given the fabric specifically to make this skirt in? And I’m super glad I was – it’s not a colour I’d normally choose for myself, but my gosh, this is proving a work wardrobe staple already! It’s brilliant!!

  11. Love this version. Basic, but with nice details to keep it interesting.

  12. So adorbs! Looks amazing on you and I love your pics also.

  13. I love what you did with the fabric + pattern, and I’m so thrilled it’s a good work staple for you, Kat. Thanks so very very much for your help and support and all that Skyping, you’re a rockstar.

    Oh and very cool flounce change! I saw it and thought it wasn’t the flounce I drafted, but it also looked good, maybe even MORE tailfeather shaped! Such fun, beautiful work.. πŸ™‚

    And for bringing the waistline up, I hear you. It’s pretty simple, just pull in the side seams a little more so the skirt hits where you want. Hbird can take it.

  14. Yeah I had the same problem with the waist band – I’m thinking about making a deeper and slightly fitted (curved) one for my next Hummingbird, because I like the pattern over all.

    Your flounce looks perfectly fine to me.

  15. Awesome make! As others have said, seems to be a perfect balance of work appropriate, flexible, but still with some fun details. Super flattering on you!

  16. An adorable skirt, I love the contrasting fabric inside the pockets, such a whimsical touch and the flounce detail in the back really makes the skirt. Great Job!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

      I am totally in love with the flounce, this skirt is definitely going to be in high rotation in my wardrobe!

  17. Absolutely fantastic! Definitely a work staple. And I can see it being so versatile. I laughed about the flounce going in upside down – didn’t Wendy do exactly the same thing? I’ll have to double check that I don’t do that now!

  18. I am watching out for the lining tutorial! I have some vintage wool that I bought to make into a dress but it keeps telling me it wants to be a Hummingbird.

  19. I got this pattern for the top but between you and this post http://crafting-a-rainbow.tumblr.com/post/56781765077/hummingbird-v3-and-a-fitting-hypothesis I’m converted!! lovely job :o)

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