According to Wikipedia, a beignet is a sugar doughnut from New Orleans.
But according to Colette Patterns, it’s a skirt with endless (twelve!!) buttonholes and a neat lining method.
It’s a bright tomato red cotton from Dalston Mill Fabrics
Well, this Beignet is the nearest I’ve been to a doughnut for a long time, as I’m nearing the end of a self-imposed month-long ban on sugar. Nary a cake, biscuit, pudding, or chocolate bar has crossed my lips for 4 long weeks. This is a very big deal. My perfect breakfast is a large mug of milky tea and two (or three) chocolate Hobnobs, but somehow I’ve been making do with Weetabix and boring old boiled eggs.
I don’t think it’s affected my sewing skills. It hasn’t made me much calmer when trying to sew 12 identical buttonholes. My machine is a Bernina Activa 220, and I love everything about it except for the lack of an automatic buttonholer. I should have sprung for the more expensive model but I was too cheap at the time. Oh well.
I’m not 100% convinced this skirt is the most flattering on a pear shape. The fabric is beautiful, organic cotton from Ray Stitch in Islington, but I think a darker colour would be a tad less hip-emphasising.
I cut out an 8 at the top and graded to a 12 at the bottom, which was probably unnecessary. If I make another version I’ll sew an 8 all the way down.
Somehow I ran out of lining fabric, so I ended up having to cut two pockets in black polka-dot and two in red:
The instructions are very good, and I followed them to the letter except for the part about sewing 6 tiny belt loops and turning them inside-out by hand. That just wasn’t going to happen. There’s an easier way to do it – I’ll post about it separately.
It’s an unusual skirt shape, somewhere between a pencil, a straight skirt, and an A-line. I tapered in the sides a little bit and hemmed it at knee-length.
I give a resounding thumbs up for the Beignet, even though it did make me really, really want a doughnut.