Party Favourites

I love African wax print fabrics and I just LOVE how awesome the fabrics look when made into “Party” clothes.

These vibrant colours and fun designs are perfect for festivals, a day at the beach or a stroll around the grocery store ūüôā

These items are handmade by me – Nomes, and each design is unique.

Get your own “Party” favourite from Made By Nomes Shop or

cute skirt with pockets
Nomes wearing a “Party Skirt”
Party Pant and Party Waistcoat
“Party Pant” and “Party Waistcoat”
Custom made "Party Waistcoats"
Custom made “Party Waistcoats”
party blazer blue green orange
Handmade “Party Blazer”


Green Marie Skirt with Pockets

The Burdastyle website is perfect for browsing projects for inspiration and also for downloading free patterns.

For this skirt I used the Marie Skirt  pattern (downloaded from Burda Style) and made some minor adjustments.

green skirt madebynomes
green skirt madebynomes


The front of the I have added 2 pockets using some pocket patterns I have drafted for a previous skirt  (as posted on my blog)

On the back of the skirt I reduced the size ofd the pleats and lengthened the sewing to ensure the back wasn’t too puffy!

marie skirt with side zipper and pockets
marie skirt with side zipper and pockets

I have also lined the skirt so I will be perfect to wear with black opaque tights during the winter months

green marie skirt with pockets
green marie skirt with pockets




Market skirt upgrade – the finished product

This project started with a¬†skirt I bought from Wimbledon “car boot” markets for 1 pound.

In essence I have made 2 skirts in the process to get to the final finished product. I’m a little annoyed with all the extra hours spent unpicking the stitching, only to sew it again and unpick it again!!

tartan skirt with waistband pleats
tartan skirt with waistband pleats

I initially wanted to have a waistband that also showed the top part of the pleats; however this made the skirt look very bulky and added a few inches to the look of my waist – not a good look. So I armed myself with my quick un-picker and removed almost all the stitching.

Second attempt had the same number of pleats on the skirt, 2 side pockets (pattern taken from dress) and a fitted, neat waistband (no over the top visual pleats) This finished product was still too puffed out around the hips, and the numerous pleats made the skirt too voluminous. Again I spent an hour unpicking the waistband, back  and side seams

3rd time lucky –¬†I¬†sure do hope so! I removed all of the pleats – ironed the fabric flat and then started from scratch. 3 big pleats in the front, 4 in the back. ¬†The finished skirt is a good fit and the pleats sit well.

Materials used

tartan fabric rescued from tartan skirt- 1 pound from market

1 zipper – 30p from charity shop

half meter of polyester lining – 1 pound from fabric shop

1 hook and eye – free

sewing time Р12+ hours (way too long!! )

Market skirt upgrade

A visit to the “car boot sale” Sunday morning markets in Wimbledon is not for the faint hearted. These markets are held in the car park of Wimbledon Greyhound track and attract a mixed bag of offerings – a load of junk and a few interesting pieces of clothing, toys, home-ware etc. Be sure to take plenty of small change as most items can be haggled down to a pound or less. There is also a fresh food section where seasonal fruit & veg can be bought and also meat from the butcher vans – look out for bulk purchases – 3 chickens, slab of steak.

On my recent visit I was lured to buy a red tartan skirt. The style was not to my liking, nor the size; however the fabric was spot on and it only cost me a pound!

Alterations to complete

  • remove elastic waist
  • shorten skirt
  • add new waistband
  • add zipper
  • add lining

A few photos of my progress so far

red tartan with pleats
red tartan with pleats

red tartan skirt peices
red tartan skirt and new waistband

Geometric Reversible Skirt with Spots

I made this little skirt on Saturday, using some African wax print cotton and some spotty fabric Рit is the same pattern as the skirt in my reversible skirt tutorial 


reversible skirt both ways
reversible skirt both ways

I initially got the idea for this skirt from I have made a few adjustment to suit my choice of fabric.

It was pretty easy to create – just 90 minutes of time and using only 2 lengths of fabric, elastic and my trusty Singer sewing machine.

reversible skirt African geometric print on
reversible skirt African geometric print
reversible skirt with black and white spots
reversible skirt with black and white spots

This skirt is now for sale on Etsy – so be sure to check it out. (custom orders are available! – contact me on

I have other items for sale in my Etsy online shop -Made by Nomes –

And here is another one of my favourite skirts. I found a pattern on-line which I adjusted so it would suit my needs.

Features include a wide fitted waistband, 4 front pleats and a side zipper. I also added a polyester lining so I can wear it in the winter with tights. I love this tartan print! This one’s not for sale in my Etsy shop but do let me know if you want a custom made skirt ūüôā

blue tartan pleat skirt with side zip
blue tartan pleat skirt with side zip


Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website Р  Ida Maria high waisted skirt .

This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper.

green African print skirt with zipper
green African print skirt with zipper

I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on the left side along with 1 press stud on the waistband.

green African print skirt with lining
green African print skirt with lining

Materials –
Africian print cotton fabric (about 1 metre)
Black polyester lining (approx 1 metre)
Zipper and press stud (popper)
Sewing thread