Back in the very early Spring, I started looking for some summer inspiration, and I came across a picture of a young lady in a pencil skirt and shirt. Truth be told, there were plenty of images of pencil skirt + shirt. But this particular one was not just any pencil skirt – this one was white and blue toile. (I could have sworn that I saved it on Pinterest, but apparently not. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.) This seemed like a pretty good starting point to a summer “uniform”. I find pencil skirts comfortable and most importantly – I can function in them all day, unlike some rather voluminous skirts that I have that seem to always get in the way when I’m trying to do certain things. So – a plan. I became a bit obsessed. A bit too much time spent on internet “research” for fabric, because I had nothing that looked anything like the picture. Neither did I find anything remotely similar or pencil skirt compatible on any of the sites that I browsed. Then at some point between lockdowns, when Fabricland was actually open, I decided to go for a browse. Nothing sparked my imagination – I must have made the rounds of the “fashion fabrics” at least twice. Feeling like my balloon had deflated, I headed off to the home dec section and there I spied the elephant print – well, it’s not just elephants – rather a whole African menagerie.
100% cotton … a little bit stiff … but I was sure that after a run through the washer and drier it would work quite well. Oh – and the price was right … $5 per metre.
|Back view (in case you couldn't figure that out). Even found a random blue button that matched.|
|Hong Kong finish on the hem, but obviously that detail didn't make it to the edge of the back slit.|
Unfortunately (or may-be fortunately) I didn’t stop at 1 metre of one fabric. I found 3 more! If I was going to adopt a uniform for summer, I certainly needed more than one skirt for the purpose.
|Brown and grey paisleys.|
|Another lonely button put to good use.|
I used my self-drafted pattern – midi length. Made slight changes in the way I finished the back slit/ pleat and waistband – it would be way too boring if I made exact duplicates. So - three skirts happened in fairly quick succession.
|And what the can I call this print?|
|Because this home dec fabric, cotton though it may be, is a little rough, I added shortie silk linings into each of the skirts - just so they wouldn't get caught up on things. Pencil skirts have to hang properly to look good - no?|
|And now for my rather sad attempt of picture in mirror. I know that everyone likes a good picture of person in garment - I'm working on it.|
Now as for the shirts to go with the skirts … they’re not hopping from fabric stash to closet at quite the same speed. Shirts take longer to sew than pencil skirts, and apparently I can’t keep motivated stitching the same shirt in different fabrics one after another. About the progress on those … later.