Maker’s Showcase: Citrus Skirt from Nerrisa Pratt

Welcome back to Maker’s Showcase! Today we’re joined by Nerrisa Pratt who caught our eye with this stunning citrus skirt. Here she talks us through her creation.

Tell us a little about your garment:

Which pattern did you use?
For this skirt I used the Simplicity 8606 which was all over Instagram last summer – I have quite a few variations of this in my wardrobe at the moment.

What inspired you to make it?
Last year, for the first time I decided to make my entire holiday wardrobe from scratch. I wanted quick, simple pieces that I could mix and match, but also wouldn’t look out of place if I wore them again when I got back to the UK.

Would you make it again and if so would you do anything differently?
I would and I have! It’s such a versatile skirt and has lots of views so chances are that you’ll be able to create a piece for any occasion using the pattern – I’m a big fan of sewing from the same pattern and making little tweaks and ‘hacks’ every time.

What is it about your chosen fabric from Ditto that caught your eye?
I always head straight to Ditto whenever I visit Brighton (which is every few months) and every time, there will be a ’statement’ fabric that catches my eye, on this occasion it was this fruit print. It reminded me of all the Dolce and Gabbana fruit prints from the previous seasons as well as just being bright and fun – my essentials when fabric shopping!

Tell us a little about yourself:

How long have you been sewing for and how did you first get into it?
I’ve been sewing since I was about 11, I started in textiles at school where I made a rather fetching waistcoat! After that, I picked it up and put it down, but it was only when I brought my own home and was able to create a space in which to sew that I became obsessed with it! Since then, I’ve been on courses, watched online videos and pretty much done anything to up my sewing game!

Do you have any favourite patterns or fabrics you always return to?
Pattern-wise, I don’t really tend to buy new ones, I like sewing wardrobe staples and so will always go back to classic, versatile shapes like the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress of the Named Clothing Ruska T-shirt – simple silhouettes I can update depending on the fabrics I choose.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received/lesson learnt?
I think I’ve learnt over the last few years to plan more. When I first started sewing my clothes, I would just pick the most amazing fabrics, sew them into pretty dresses and then never wear them. Slowly over time, I plan and sketch my looks to make sure they’re something that actually reflects my style and will get worn day to day.

What’s the next project you have in mind?
I just discover the Deer and Doe Myosotis dress and so I have about 5 versions cut from different fabrics at the moment – as well as a few hacked ones!

Thank you so much to Nerrisa for joining us, and make sure to give her some love on Instagram. See you next time for another Maker’s Showcase!