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?|
|Please ignore the misaligned print. Much effort was expended on matching of this print and trying to keep things on grain, but when all was said and done - I was off. Oh well - I can't see my back side, so I just pretend that everything is lined up perfectly.|
|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?|
Number 4 is
on a black background, and after No. 3, being quite sick of pencil skirt sewing,
I decided that the dark fabric would have to wait until Autumn.
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.
|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. |
All three look fabulous! Can't wait to see the shirts you're making!ReplyDelete
I love home dec cottons and linens for skirts! I've got some is that covered in bright little tropical birds that will make a great skirt... I'll make it up if I ever have to go back to the office. :)ReplyDelete
Sounds like a lovely choice for a skirt. I think we tend to overlook so called "home dec" fabrics when it comes to sewing for the closet.Delete
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