The Hidden Check Midi + a GIVEAWAY

Sometimes you buy a piece of fabric with no real sewing plans, it just appeals to you and you get it. Stash enhancement is good right? I purchased this poly/cotton remnant from The Remnant Warehouse and when I got it home I didn’t even like it. What was I thinking? How can I ever make anything from this? Then, like it lightning bolt, inpiration struck and I found myself sewing at night during the last week of the school term (crazy!) to make this. 
IMG_5373If I could have a crush on an item of clothing, it would be this skirt. I love it! I am completely in love with pleated midi skirts at the moment and very pleased to find that they seem to be in mainstream fashion too, like this one and this one from Gorman. Pleated midi skirts are so hot right now! (BTW the second Gorman skirt is just lush! But can you believe it’s not even lined! Imagine the delicate silk CDC sticking to your tights or undies – ick! Not what I would want from a $200+ skirt).


Anyway, I didn’t follow a pattern with this skirt, just worked with the check fabric to create deep pleats and attached the skirt to a straight waistband. I really love the violet colour on the fabric so had to think about fabric placement  to get two violet horizontal lines on my finished skirt. It’s all about the detail 🙂


I love how the skirt appears to have a stripe along the top, graduating to a check along the bottom, but as you move, you can see the hidden checks. I found the best way to achieve this look was to press the pleats towards the side seams – so the pleats on the front left of the skirt are pressed to the left and the front right to the right, and repeated on the back.


I added side pockets for life functionality and a invisible zipper runs along the side of one pocket to close the skirt.

I’ve worn this skirt twice since finishing it and it’s already shaping up to be one of my most complimented garments. I’ve even been stopped by two strangers asking about it.

Now as I’m sure you’ve gathered, I am often terribly rushed purchasing fabric these days, often with three nagging kiddies in tow. This means occasionally I slip up and get things that I don’t realise. Nothing too terrible, but I happened to purchase two identical remnants of this fabric from The Remnant Warehouse on the same day. Doh!

As much as I adore this skirt, I certainly don’t need two. So here I am offering my second piece of this fabric to one of my readers. Nothing much to do, but leave a comment on this post and you will go into the draw for 2 meters of this fabric. I’d love to see what someone else makes with it!

Good luck and entries will close 5pm Sydney time on Wednesday, 20 April. 🙂

  • I can see why its so complimented.. its is super cool. Would love to win that fabric btw xx

  • Emma

    Love love love it!

  • Jennifer

    Oh my – I love it!

  • Yana

    Gorgeous skirt! I’d be tempted to make one just like it 😉

    • Hi Yana, You won my fabric giveaway!! yay!!
      Can you email me your address and I’ll pop the fabric in the post for you.
      Christy at clever tinker dot com

  • Gorgeous skirt and yay for a giveaway! The fabric looks beautiful and works so well with this skirt!

  • I adore this fabric – I absolutely would have bought it too. Your skirt makes beautiful use of it!

  • Beth_SunnyGalStudio

    That skirt looks fantastic, love that you made it without a pattern, the pleating looks perfect. (please don’t put me in the drawing – enough fabric already 🙂

  • Lisa Westra

    That skirt is soooo fun! I would want to totally copy your design for my own skirt! I liked the part of your story that went from hate to love also!

  • Fabric Epiphanies

    Your skirt is fantasically thought out and beautifully executed plus it looks lovely on. It would be a hard act to follôw with the second year.

  • katherine.peter

    So fun to get in and make something without a pattern. That’s what I used to do in my teen years, but now I am not so brave as to pick up a pair of scissors without a pattern. Your skirt is really cool, so I would love to make a copy cat version.

  • Sally N

    I love the flash of contrast when the fabric moves, so pretty. My first thought is making a colour blocked dress, if I could find a matching fabric. Otherwise I think a wrap skirt with a tied waist would be nice as you could still play with the colours.

  • I love that you saved this fabric from being unliked, and made it into something amazing!

  • Katy Marriott

    Love your skirt 🙂 x

  • Will you send it overseas? If so, send it to me!! 😀 I love this so much. I can see why you are receiving compliments on it. Love the length, too.

  • Blogless Anna

    This will now be known as the skirt of awesomeness!

  • Ann Marshall

    What a fabulous skirt! I just love the colour mix, especially the purple! One of my favourite colours. I would love to replicate your skirt also if I was lucky enough to win your fabric. I live in the Uk so fingers crossed. Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Mary S

    Fabulous skirt! I can see why you get compliments about it. I love the fabric and what you’ve done with it!

  • Rachel King

    If I win, can I copy you? Love the pleated midi trend too x

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Very clever use of this fabric and a beautiful skirt.

  • Love love love this skirt. Love the colours of the fabric too.

  • Your skirt is lovely! I recently made a pleated skirt, all done but for the hem and hook and eye. Love the shape.

  • Oh you’re a clever one! It’s fabulous and should be much admired. That fabric would make a fab 60’s shift frock….

  • Melody Srygley

    A wrap skirt for me! Long and slim…

  • Josephine

    Ooh I love your skirt. Please count me in for the giveaway, I’m sure I could make something pretty for my wardrobe/floordrobe.

  • Sewing Elle

    Fabulous use of great fabric. Would love to have a chance to play with this fabric too!

  • This is PERFECT! Love it so much! Well done!

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