Pencil skirts and turtle necks

No, I have not yet made an A-line skirt.  But I have made five pencil skirts and two turtlenecks. Why isn’t there a sewing related version of the Twelve Days of Christmas? Ahem, I digress.

Five pencil skirts. Why? Well.  All of the skirts in my wardrobe made from my go to TNT pencil skirt pattern had ‘shrunk’. Not sure why…..I’m sure it’s nothing to do with my chocolate habit.

I turned to a new pegged pencil skirt pattern, BurdaStyle 10/2012 #145 and traced off a size up (a 46).

Five skirts later and I have a new TNT pattern.

My first version was a wearable muslin – a stretch woven with an elasticised waist, no walking vent and no zip. Baby steps. The fit was a bit on the big size.

Still, I’ve worn this skirt quite a bit. It’s a good cool weather casual skirt. Yes it creases. Yes that is a Monroe turtleneck. More on that later.

Encouraged by this I made a second version in a grey pinstripe woven with no stretch. Lovely fit through the hips but the waist was a bit on the big size. Perhaps I’m not a 46? Perhaps I should have added the waistband this style is drafted with?  Despite the looseness, I have worn this a lot this winter. It’s fabulous for work in my corporate environment.

I then jumped to a yellow double knit jersey with an elasticised waist. Because I wanted a yellow skirt and I had this fabric in the stash. Yellow brightens up my work day!

I made a mistake with the cutting out though and forgot to extend up the waist to incorporate the elastic. No problem I thought. I’ll just cut out a separate waistband/ facing.

See that annoying bubble? That’s what happens when you attach a facing waistband with over-locking and then add elastic.

Another ‘innovation’ for this skirt was to line it with tricot. Lovely to wear.

I still haven’t hemmed the lining. Bad sewist.

Version four was made in souvenir fabric. A Japanese linen cotton woven from Raystitch in London last year.

By this stage I’d nailed the fit.

This skirt is lined and has a grosgrain ribbon waistband/facing

The final version was in pleather. And I seem to have a lot of silly and overexposed photos of it

I added a centre front seam and a curved hem.

Not the best skirt to sit down in!

Everything got topstitched. I couldn’t iron it flat but I could sew it flat.

This skirt was lined too. Leopard print seemed the only suitable choice for faux ostrich.

I used an invisible zip. I suspect I’ll regret that soon when it breaks and I have to unpick it. I top stitched here too.

I faced the hem with premade wide bias binding. And top stitched that too. This project was top stitching heaven.

And the two turtlenecks? You’ve seen them already.

They were made with Tessuti’s free Monroe pattern.

I cut the neck band down to half the height. A swan like neck I do not have.

My stripy version was shortened by 5 cm but the ‘foxes in London’ print version was exactly as drafted.

The print on this fabric is almost too cute for words.

I’ve got to say, though, that the lack of accuracy slightly annoys me. A fox as big as a bus??! A row boat the size of three trees?!!

So that’s my story of basics. My wardrobe thanks me.

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23 Responses to Pencil skirts and turtle necks

  1. Liz Haywood says:

    Love Love Love the yellow skirt with grey. It looks acid yellow on my computer screen.
    Also love the Fox in London print. Foxes do live in London you know. I used to live near Hampstead Heath and saw one out the window very early one morning on the back lawn. I looked away for a millisecond and it was gone!

  2. You’ve been busy! The skirts are all very different – you wouldn’t think they were the same pattern but it shows how versatile a great basic pattern can be.

  3. Karey says:

    Super versatile skirt. Now you have to keep up the chocolates or they won’t fit.

  4. Stretchy waistbands all the way for me these days- they don’t shrink so quickly! Here’s something that’s been puzzling me- those tops were ‘polo necks’ when I was younger, how did they become turtle necks? I always thought turtle neck was a much shorter collar…

    • SewingElle says:

      I love a stretchy waistband too.
      I don’t know why these are called turtlenecks. I think they’re polo necks. Or skivvies.
      I’m with you. To me a turtle neck is more like a neck band on steroids. Not something 10 cm tall.

  5. susew says:

    So may nice skirts. I learned many years ago that knee length pencil or pegged skirts with a front slit are not a good thing. That detail is only nice when standing or walking.

    • SewingElle says:

      My pleather skirt is going to have to be a going out and leaning against a bar all night type of skirt! So far it’s been a staying in the wardrobe type of skirt but I live in hope.

  6. Jennifer Marie Shaw says:

    I love seeing all of the great clothes that you make!

  7. Nonsuch says:

    I love all these versions – as I was reading down, I was thinking the yellow one is definitely my favourite and then there is the fabulous pleather one – you have inspired me to revisit my sewing list and move the work wear to the top. With the pleather skirt you just need to take a wrap with you and then place that on your lap when seated. don’t ask me how I know…

  8. sewruth says:

    A new wardrobe to be proud of. The yellow is stunning but I’m mightily impressed with the pleather one too.

  9. Oh my skirts have all shrunk too. Must take your example and make some more. Nice selection you have there!

  10. Kim says:

    A magnificent collection of skirts – I particularly like the yellow one. The foxes in London fabric is just WONDERFUL and I would love to know where you bought it. The size conundrums don’t bother me at all 😃

  11. Amazed and pleased at the fashion and variety displayed here! May I share your blog posts—in both fashion and cooking, with my own blog readership?

  12. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    AS A FASHION MAKER, SHE COOKS! 🙂

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