First of all, up front it seems I tried to plan my blogging this week ( something I haven’t done for a while) and then for one reason and another, to be revealed, some of my blog posts ‘ in waiting’ have been brought forward, so you’ll be hearing from me a bit more than usual this week. I hope you can stay the course, but you’ll catch some interesting makes and another fabulous castaway….but now onto today’s
I planned this next make right, I tell you. When I was creating my Minerva wishlist for the Minerva blogging network I thought that by December something warm & cosy was going to be needed & I wasn’t wrong there! I opted to make a pencil skirt out of some truly stupendous fabric –I was attracted by the colours: bright cherry reds & crimsons, dashes of turquoise & golds & what looked from the images to be an interesting texture.
And when it arrived I was not disappointed – this fabric, people is best described as multi-coloured textured-ribbon-woven -wool. Got that?! It’s got a reasonably loose weave & is a joy to behold. It reminds me of the remains of the Quality Street tin at the end of Boxing Day – the fabric version of lots of sweet papers if you know what I mean?
And it is as cosy as wearing a blanket…keeps the chill off those knees.
So, with this fabric being loose woven & my desire to make it into a slim fitting pencil skirt, I decided it needed to be lined too. This would help stop the wool from stretching out of shape when being worn & would also be super luxurious & add a nice touch of class as well as added luxury to my skirt.
So I used my favourite Simplicity 2154 pattern as a tried & tested pencil skirt pattern. I was careful to match the checks – also considering what effect the vertical seams would have in check-matching & I am pretty pleased with the result.
I cut lining from the same pattern pieces, but added an extra 1 cm or so to each piece to allow a bit of ease. The lining I chose is a bit more posh than my usual “cheap as chips” approach – as befits a skirt of this calibre. It’s silvery, but funnily enough the best thread match is a kind of mink colour!
I nipped across to A Fashionable Stitch where Sunni has enhanced her detailed instructions to perform this minor miracle. Each step of the process is described in just enough detail for me to have succeeded first time around!!!!!!
Note: I finished all of the wool & lining edges before getting stuck into the vent process. I overlocked all of mine as both of these fabrics could fray, & in the case of the wool, when it frays whole strips of ribbon sometimes come loose!
Look this is a picture of the weirdest step – attaching the lining to the skirt at the vent’s edges.
Inside it looks so tidy, & importantly the outside looks class, even if I say so myself. If I can do it this easily, I reckon you can do it too!
Something else I used this time to add extra definition to the wool was a waistband Vilene (aka “Vilene fold a band”) to give the waistband sharpness, shape & support, & I have to say I was really impressed with the finish it gave.
This time however, I wanted to evoke more of a pencil skirt & I allowed it a bit more length this time. And yes, I can easily walk in it! (Even with my customary stride uphill on the way home from work!)
So, if you are interested in making up this luxurious winter warmer, there is a kit that contains the fabric, lining, matching thread x2 as well as the waistband stiffening.