Black and white

I’m not even going to apologise for my extended absences any more readers – as I’m sure many of you will realise, med school take up *quite* a lot of my time, and frequently if I have a choice of how to spend my spare time between sewing or blogging about it – I’m going to choose actually making things! Still, I do enjoying writing about my creations and sharing them with you all (no matter how belated!), so I will keep trying to find a little time here and there to show you what I’ve been up to 🙂

I’ve been trying to practise a little of the “sew what you got” philosophy this year and make my way through stashed fabrics and UFO projects, and it’s been working pretty well (if you ignore the long-unfinished trench coat and shirt, which I currently am…). Generally one buys a bit of fabric because one wants to enjoy wearing it, so it’s always very satisfying to be able to do so once it’s made its way out of a long sojourn in the stash! I picked up this gorgeous piece of black and white floral print mystery fabric from a friend-of-a-friend’s de-stash last year, and I always knew I wanted to make a classic box-pleated skirt out of it. And I’m very satisfied with the result!



I used this tutorial to help me calculate the pleats and so forth, and constructed it on my Singer and the overlocker. It is slightly rough around the edges, because I was in a very impatient mood while making it and cut so many corners my process was essentially circular (don’t try this at home, folks), but luckily for me, the large-scale abstract print is extremely forgiving :p Most importantly, the fit and shape are beautiful and exactly what I wanted, and I love wearing it! For such a simple and classic skirt in neutral colours, however, I feel like I only have one or two tops to wear with it – hoping to remedy that soon though when I try out Jennifer Lauren’s Gable top!


Short and sweet today folks, but hoping to return to your screens in the not-too-distant future 😉


Miss Maddy xx



  1. Emily Wrinkle · May 28, 2017

    Med school, from what I hear, is hard work! I’m glad you were able to squeeze a blog post into your busy schedule since I love reading about your makes!! This outfit is super cute! I love the gigantic floral print on the skirt. It’s very classic with the black, white, and red color scheme. 🙂

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    • Miss Maddy · June 16, 2017

      Thanks Emily! Studying medicine is pretty full-on, but I wouldn’t have it any other way 😛

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  2. I have a black and white print for a skirt too, I find they are so easy to match with other coloured tops. Yours looks great with the red.

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  3. esewing · May 29, 2017

    Thank you for squeezing in the time to post , is a great skirt , hope you get a chance soon to sew another piece from your stash !

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    • Miss Maddy · June 16, 2017

      I’ve been doing lots of stash sewing during my mid-year break – looking forward to sharing it to the blog soon! 🙂

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