I love this pattern! I’d been planning to buy it at some point in the future… but then along came the sewalong so I had to have it NOW. (Well played, girls, well played.)
It was the first indie pattern I’d bought and I know it’s been said before, but I love the packaging. So much nicer than the Big 4.
So. The skirt.
I measured 8 in the waist, 2 in the hips. So I went the lazy way and just cut an 8. I allegedly have an hourglass figure, but apparently not that much of an hourglass figure, because I had to remove a heap off the waist. Not really surprising, as it was three sizes too big.
The fabric came from an antique furniture store around the corner from my flat. They had a closing down sale and I found this in a box under the table for $2. It’s a really heavy cotton, almost into upholstery weight, but not quite.
I went with the unadorned skirt, because while I love the pepulum and ruffle on other people, it’s really not me. At all. But I do like me a pencil skirt. 🙂 It’s definitely not a straight skirt – I love the curves in it and it’s super flattering.
Anyway, I love it. I have another two cut out and waiting to be put together. But my list of half-finished projects is so incredibly long at the moment that it might take a while before I get there.
Yeah, I’m not exactly a natural in front of the camera (what on earth are you meant to do with your arms??)… but this was the best one I got from the side. I like how it makes me look quite thin. 🙂
Next time I’ll make the split at the back a little longer – it’s still a fraction too tight. General walking is fine, but uphill slopes are…challenging.
I did have a little giggle during my fitting process. I live in an itty-bitty granny flat, with no full length mirror, except for a really long one above the washing machine. So in order to check the fit I had to climb onto a chair in the middle of my kitchen/laundry/bathroom. Except that is really difficult in an unhemmed, tight pencil skirt, so I had a sort of jump thing going where I’d hold myself off the ground using the kitchen bench and swing my legs up. Yeah, it was pretty awesome. And I still ripped it once. 🙁
The construction isn’t perfect. I completely butchered the split (Mitered corners? What mitered corners?) and I need to reposition the snap above the zip. But I’m still very pleased with this skirt and can’t wait to make my next two. 🙂
This picture just made me laugh and highlighted the problems with having your 6’4″ boyfriend take a picture. Please note I am 5’5″, not 2′ as this picture seems to suggest… I had anticipated that his pictures would be better than the ones I took with the self-timer. But the angle here is… not ideal.