The unofficial subtitle of this post is “I wish I lived closer to my grandma so I could take pictures in her yard all the time… and so I could see her more often :-p” The temperature is so hot here so most days I cant bare to leave the house in anything but a swingy dress. However when Rae of Made by Rae asked me to be a part of her blog tour celebrating the paper pattern release of the Cleo skirt I just had to oblige. She pretty much hooked me when I saw there was a midi length version and duh…pockets. Read on for all the dirty details! (And I do mean dirty… this project met an untimely end.)
I’ve been wanting to stock up my wardrobe with some more simple pencil skirts. I love how easy they are to throw on with just about anything. They can dress up simple t-shirts, or worn with a flowy button up to make an outfit for a nice night out. Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors, so this bright skirt is going to add a great pop of fun to many outfits.
The fabric I used is a wool jersey from my stash. Another free bee from the internship days. I really love how cozy this fabric is. I actually made the mistake of drying it during my pre-wash. I was un aware of the wool content at the time and I quickly realized it when it came out a little felted up. It still worked for this project I will just have to keep it in mind for the future.
I self drafted the pattern and it was super quick and easy. I actually didn’t even put it onto paper, I just drafted the measurements directly onto the fabric (hello lazy sewing). There are a lot of great pencil skirt patterns out there but I figured its such an easy shape I wouldn’t need a printed pattern. The only think I’m not happy with is the way the bottom of the hem flares out a bit. I took it in a bit more at the hem, but I didn’t want the hips to get too tight. I also didn’t want it to be a supper hug-y pencil skirt. This will be something I will have to experiment with. To be honest the problem is my bubble butt so I’m not quite sure how to get the right fit.
Construction was super simple. I did the whole thing on my serger. The waistband has a 1″ elastic threaded through it. I ended up scooping down the center back waist because the back was rippling just under the waistband. The hem is a serger finished edge turned back and sewed down with a double needle. The whole thing came together in under 2 hours.
Fabric: Wool Jersey
Notions: 1″ elastic
Adjustments: Trimmed down side seams toward hem, scooped out center back at waist band.
Finishes: Serged seams, twin needle hem
Time: Less than 2 hours
Sew it again? The pattern needs to be tweaked but I’d love to have a variety of these.
Do you have any go-to adjustments to get the perfect fit on a pencil skirt? I clearly need a little help!
So, I’ve had this skirt forever. I bought it at a thrift store because duh its a wax print and it HAS GIRAFFES ON IT!! However, it was a wrap skirt. I’m always weary about wrap skirts, people who wear them must live somewhere where there’s never any wind. Also, this particular wrap skirt was gathered into the waistband, making it do some very strange bubbling things around the butt and tummy.. not so flattering. Lucky for me wrap skirts are a great source of fabric, and I finally got around to refashioning it into something I will wear more often.
I decided I wanted to keep this as a skirt and just alter it to a more flattering shape. I drafted a simple straight skirt with a high waist. I love how the shape turned out and its something simple I will be able to use over and over again.
The great thing about a wrap skirt that is ALSO gathered at the waist is that it gives you a lot of fabric to work with for refashioning projects AND the gathered style means you have a lot of straight grain to work with (as opposed to a circle or flared skirt that leaves you with more bias-y pieces). I got to use the original waistband, and I had enough fabric left to cut some little patch pockets for the front – you know I love pockets!!
Everything I cutoff for length I removed from the top so that I could keep the detail at the bottom. Isn’t this fabric so amazing!? I absolutely couldn’t resist it and I’m glad I snagged it even though the style wasn’t really my thing… because now I have this totally adorable little pencil skirt with giraffes on it and I want to wear it every day.
Keep reading for full details on how I executed this look.
Till then, Happy Sewing!
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When my friend Colleen asked me to be one of her two bridesmaids I of course said yes. When she asked me to make the outfits I immediately thought of the Gabriola skirt by Sewaholic patterns. This skirt LOVES your body. It is so sleek and beautiful, I feel like a million bucks wearing it.
Unfortunately I don’t have a whole lot of reasons to wear it. This beautiful satin taupe fabric is a little to formal to wear on a daily basis. Maybe paired with a t-shirt like so, but even then I’d have to at least have somewhere to go (no grocery store runs in this baby).
For the pattern I cut a size 6 waist and blended into a size 2 hip. It’s a little loose so I could have gone with a size 4 waist, I may even still alter it at some point. Sewaholic’s patterns are drafted to favor a pear shaped body, so pay close attention to the sizing chart when cutting out your pattern.
My favorite thing about this pattern aside from the beautiful drape is the seaming. The seam detail around the waist and hips really accentuates the body, and creates wonderful lines. The intricate piecing gives great opportunities for color blocking. I’d love to make this skirt in a stripe and experiment with the stripe placement.
Here are a few pictures taken from the wedding. Lauren, the other bridesmaid, and I chose our own blush colored tops to go with the skirts. Colleen is wearing her great-grandmothers wedding dress (which was also her grandmothers AND her mothers) from the 1900s!!! So beautiful. It’s a miracle this picture turned out so well because it was QUITE a cold day in Brooklyn.
Bonus material: the morning after this wedding, the Gentleman asked me to marry him 🙂
Pattern: Gabriola skirt by Sewaholic Patterns
Fabric: Satin Taupe from Mood
Notions: Invisible zip
Adjustments: Cut a 6 waist and 2 hip, (should have cut a 4 waist & 0 hip) Took in some at hip.
Finishes: Serged seams, baby hem, clean finished waistline
Time: 3 hours?
Sew it again? Yes! Hopefully in a stripe 🙂