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Sidonie á la Chanel

Added Mar 16, 2008

by sewextreme

Atlanta Area, Ge...






Time (prep): 1-2 hours

Time (sewing): 1.5 – 2 hours

A simple but elegant version of Sidonie that can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood. The fabric, polyester moleskin, has a suede-like texture on its’ “right” side and a satin finish on the “wrong” side. The matte and satin sides were combined to create a discreet tone-on-tone contrast. This look could also be achieved by using crepe-back satin. The waistband was eliminated in favor of an inner band of grosgrain ribbon. I chose this method to create a clean, uncluttered look that would not distract from the “chain link” detachable belt.

The chain link belt is made from small “buckles” that are threaded onto a length of organza ribbon. Small slits are incorporated into the side seams of skirt to attach the belt, and the belt is held in place by buttons on the inner band. Now you can remove the belt when you launder the skirt. You can also design additional belts to give your skirt interesting new looks!

Decorative topstiching adorns every contrasting panel, but also surrounds the back zipper and back darts. I love topstiching- not only because it looks professional, but because it makes the seams lay down nice and flat. This variation of Sidonie sews up quickly and is suitable for beginners. I took photographs during each step and intend to post a tutorial very soon. The metallic top that is pictured with Sidonie á la Chanel comes from the Burda World of Fashion magazine. It sews up quickly too- took me about an hour to construct. I challenged myself to make this garment from items in my stash. With this goal in mind, the design of Sidonie á la Chanel evolved from available materials. As most sewing hobbyists know, you can save a lot of money making your own clothes. This skirt is no exception- the total cost of all materials is less than $8!

Material Notes

Polyester Moleskin (or other fabric with both a matte and satin side)



Stay tape

Twin Needle (wide)

1 yard of 1/2" Organza ribbon

Decorative buckles (for detachable belt)

1" grosgrain ribbon (your waist size plus 1")

Small remant of fusible interfacing, zipper length





Purple metallic top

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    Apr 1, 2008, 05.18 PMby adgentry

    Absolutely love it. My favorite Sidonie.

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    Mar 18, 2008, 05.36 AMby sewextreme

    Thanks, everyone! I am so happy if I have given inspiration and ideas. I am new to BurdaStyle, and you have made me feel so welcome!

    I have uploaded three mini-tutorials covering the drafting, construction and detachable belt for this design. Hope you enjoy them!

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    Mar 17, 2008, 04.39 AMby Hedda Nilsen

    Two things: a) I love the skirt. It’s very classy, but still fully wearable in a typical “every occation” without it being over the top.

    b) I LOVE your description. It’s always nice to know the thought process behind a well constructed piece of clothing, and you do it in a very inspiring way :-)

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    Mar 17, 2008, 02.41 AMby lybu

    Looks great. I love this colour and combination of the frabric’s.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 01.01 AMby peaudane

    I love it! I especially love the idea of the button-on belt. I hope you will explain more about this in your tutorial!

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    Mar 16, 2008, 09.58 PMby miss-g

    Nice work – even the dog looks happy. I like your use of reversing the fabric. You’ve given me an idea.

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    Mar 16, 2008, 07.46 PMby bell

    Verry nice, verry sophisticated. You could wear this any where.

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    Mar 16, 2008, 07.07 PMby nehmah

    This is super work. And the price cannot be beat. You have a good fashion sense. No “cute” tricks, instead, you used fine trim additions.

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