Ultimate pencil skirt or is that ultimate suit?

Hello everyone!  Forgive my excitement …. but have you ever made something that turns out better than you imagined it would?  I know that I have frequently been surprised the opposite way!  Like when I made those Burda trousers for example (which I cannot link to because it was *one of those posts* that got deleted when my laptop got spannered, honest).  Or when my visions are maybe executed too hastily & I am aware of less than polished finishes/ bodges!  BUT today my expectations have exceeded my vision.

Ultimate pencil

When I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the Ultimate Pencil skirt by Sew Over It I had no doubts that it would be a corker.  But as I usually look to my stash first before I hunt for new fabrics I came upon the idea to use the swathes of grey flannel left over from the generous yardages given for my Anise jacket.  My vision developed from here – but this is the important thing- as an incidental shrug: “Oh yeah, it might make a wintry suit”.

Ultimate pencil

Folks.  I give you the wintry suit of AWESOME.  Well I think so anyway, and I am sorry if my lack of humility is on the offensive side, I just can’t help it.  I had no idea these two garments, made independently of each other would look so fantastic as a two-piece.

Ultimate pencil

I have worn this to work.  (Different shoes because I was walking) .  But as a whole, with the Pussy Bow Blouse of course.  And my beret & leather gloves.  If it wasn’t for the beret I’d feel a little Miss Marple.  Maybe I can create that look with my Mimi blouse & brogues.

Ultimate pencil

OK so you understand now just what I think of the end result.  Want to know more about the skirt as it is a new pattern?  Folks it has CURVES drawn in.  You look at the pattern pieces & they are staring at you right under your nose- a curvy high-waisted wiggle skirt- no poker straight side seams here, but curves swinging from hips to hem- which means if you are shortening it, shorten using the lines in the pattern (which I did being of small stature).  Another simple pattern (like the Ultimate trousers) –  a front, a back & a waist facing.  Having no idea about how this would fit, I cut generous seam allowances to allow for some finetuning – especially as my sausage waist might not fit the wriggle aesthetic.  I also decided to line it in the polka dot satin, also left over from my Anise jacket.

ultimate pencil

So in cutting the lining I decided that I wasn’t going to use the facing pieces to cut flannel facings, but instead I cut the full skirt pieces (with a little bit extra width) in the polka dot satin.  I used the facing pieces to cut interfacing and fused this to the skirt pieces- to the flannel.  I don’t like itchy waists do you?  When attaching the lining to the top, I understitched to make sure it wouldn’t peep out unwanted.

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Hahahaha – typical me – rushing & not getting the t-shirt tucked in nicely!

As with the ultimate trousers, this is a simple skirt to make with clear instructions, but a vavavoom end result.  I found the fitting was not far off.  I really wasn’t sure how much ease would be needed in a skirt this snug & with such thick fabric- so I played along with the pattern & then tried it on as I went along.  If anything I could do with taking a little bit of excess out at the very  top of waist, but it’s eminently passable- my dummy, does not mirror my measurements, so it is better on than what you see on Barb.

Ultimate pencil

This adorable skirt has a kick pleat as well.  I would love to know if there is a tutorial any one can recommend for lining the kick pleat.  I tried.

ultimate pencil

I used Sunni’s excellent tutorial for lining a vent & tried to adapt it, but gave up & made it a skirt with a vent after all.  Love that there is a cheeky pop of lining every now & then!

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Did I tell you that I love the whole concept of a winter suit?   The whole concept of clicking around the streets with the full ensemble (handbag in the crook of your arm of course) then arriving at the office, removing your coat/jacket for work is rather compelling.

 

It does of course rely on the point of arrival being centrally heated & toasty enough to survive in just a blouse!  This skirt is super cosy yet as it is lined it feels incredibly luxurious to wear.  The whole outfit looks pretty good with my tan chunky boots as well, & if I was to float the idea of heels & pencil skirts you would already be there.

Ultimate pencil

 Polka dots to the max!

What do you think?  Have you ever had such a serendipitous result?  Do you wear winter suits like this?   Are they practical – or not?  And does anyone have a link to how you would line a vent?  So many questions!!!  Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.  Nearly the weekend everyone- have a great one 🙂

34 thoughts on “Ultimate pencil skirt or is that ultimate suit?

  1. Joanne

    Oh, I do love your work suit and your funky lining even more. The a Ultimate range is really good for building your staples and this pairing with the jacket works really well. Sorry have no idea to line a vent – at this stage in my sewing career I haven’t yet lined a skirt!

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  2. Sarah - Fabric Tragic

    Such a nice fit and shape. I’m a bit confused about the difference between a vent and a kick pleat…. In my mind a kick pleat does not open, and I’ve made a lining for a skirt with one just by cheating and making a simple slightly triangular slit in the lining that ends above the kick pleat…. I’ve read Sunnis tutorial on lining a vent and my brain just couldn’t deal with it…… The Tuppence Ha’Penny blog has some good tutorials on splits, vents and kick pleats…..

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thank you so much Elena, this is great research. I have been to look at the sew2pro link & it is fab- so clear & such an amazing end result. Inspired! Thank you for your help 🙂 I knew there would be some readers who would know!

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  3. SaSa

    That is a stunning and very chic combination, Winnie! I would like to know the difference of this skirt to the BHL Charlotte skirt, the vent (about which I don’t know to say anything)?
    SaSa

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Sasa,
      I was thinking this through when your comment came in. First of all, the Charlotte has a waistband and four front darts (& possibly four back darts too) – twice as many as the Ultimate Pencil skirt. The way that the waist sits, is definitely different as a result of having a faced waist (Ultimate Pencil skirt) as opposed to a waistband. You’re right – The Ultimate Pencil skirt and the Charlotte skirt are both highly curvaceous, but if anything I think the Ultimate pencil skirt is easier to wear as the bottom hem is not quite as narrow (the charlotte skirt hem is almost too narrow to pull up over your hips if you need the loo….!) I also managed to walk easily for two miles in the Ultimate pencil skirt, whereas Charlotte might ride up & is definitely more of a party skirt. I hope this helps – they are my views, bu you are going to have your own?!

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  4. Caroline

    I adore your suit! It really is an ultimate suit! But not a winter one for me alas as I would die of hypothermia in Montreal… It would be brilliant in spring and fall here!

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  5. Roobeedoo

    Wowzer! That looks SO expensive and smart! Never in a million years would anyone think it was “home-made”. The cheeky flash of lining is the only thing that gives it away as being a one-off, and even then you might think it was a designer original – which, of course, it is! 😉

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hahaha! Yes we are all designers aren’t we? Thank you for reminding me though 🙂 It does feel kind of expensive, it’s true. Am I bringing a bit of class into my wardrobe at last?!

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  6. Ginger

    This is fantastic! I love your suit! Funnily enough, I have a weird winter suit, too- I used some fabric left over from MY Anise to make a skirt for my tailoring class last semester. But my skirt doesn’t fit very well (we weren’t fitting to our own bodies) and the ensemble looks pretty deranged on me. Yours, on the other hand, is a total triumph!

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  7. Topstitched by Anne

    Wow. What a killer ensemble. You absolutely make that work. I’ve been struggling with those kick pleats myself.
    I recently made a pencil skirt and cardigan in wool bucklé (or how do you pronounced it) as my first winter suit. I feel so kick-ass in it.

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  8. Jenna

    I love it!! It looks so amazingly fabulous! I cut out my Ultimate Skirt on Thursday ready to sew on my next session and was wondering about lining it but had decided against. I’m going to rethink that now because I do prefer a lined skirt!

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