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.