I have a pencil skirt! At last!!
Like a lot of you, RTW pencil skirts have never fit me, so it's been a goal for a long time to make one myself. This one started life as a BHL Charlotte, but I made so many changes, I really hesitate to call it that any more.
I took a lot of photos, both of my pattern changes and of my construction. Today I just want to show off my new skirt; I'll tell you all about the rest in another post (or maybe two more). Just let me get my shoes on first:
This skirt is made from a fabulous stretch black denim printed in gold foil with snakeskin. I got this at JoAnn's last month specifically for this project, which may be my last for this session of Jungle January. I LOVE this fabric! After I finished the skirt, I said to Hubby: "I love this fabric. I want to make everything from this fabric!!" And he replied, "You should. Then when one thing gets old, you can just shed your skin and put on a new one." That boy cracks me up. That's why I love him so much!
I discovered AFTER I made the skirt that I was supposed to hand wash and line dry this fabric rather than machine wash cold and tumble dry like I did. No matter though - some of the gold is flaking off, which I think makes it even more snake-like.
Not bad for an old broad, eh? I think this skirt is so flattering, and yet, it's super comfortable and easy to wear. As I drifted off to sleep last night, I was thinking about all the versions I could make using fabrics in my stash. You will be seeing more of these!
I took care to match my patterns throughout, centering the print front and back. Still, I made this from a mere one yard of 56" wide fabric, and I've got enough left over for a fabulous clutch. You know that's going to happen!
I cut this skirt to a 24" length, which for me is just at the bottom of the knee. Even though I didn't add a back vent on this one, I still have room to walk normally. In the future I'd like to make at least one midi length version, and that will require a vent.
I guess you can tell that I really love this skirt. It hugs my curves perfectly, but not in a way that makes me feel exposed, like my first pencil skirt did. I think that partly has to do with using a stretch fabric this time. But it's mostly due to the fitting changes I made, because the muslin I made for this one was done from a non-stretch and it fits just as well.
I'm pleased to say I think I've finally cracked the pencil-skirt-fitting nut, for my figure at least. And because it makes me feel sexy and fabulous, I leave you with this: