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Ultimate Pencil skirt in autumn florals

I have been captivated by the colours this autumn, even more than usual because my current journey to work involves walking through Royal Victoria Park (aka ‘Vicky Park’ or ‘RVP’ to locals ) whose 57 acres takes you into town under the gaze of the Royal Crescent.  It was actually opened by Queen Victoria herself apparently when she was 11 years old, & is a wonderful mix of formal flowerbeds, (the Parks teams are so talented) a landscaped duck ponds & discrete gardens inside the Park- like the Botanic gardens.  I love it for its abundant trees which are currently on high show & in various breath taking colours.

And of course passing underneath the Royal Crescent is pretty special too.  Oh and counting squirrels to  identify whether I have a ‘two squirrel walk’ or even a ‘four squirrel journey’ – simple pleasures!

I should try to get some blog photos here, shouldn’t I, but guess what?  If I love it so do countless others- visitors and residents alike- & it takes me a supreme effort to pose in public, as you know ….so I didn’t this time …

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Anyway, this fabric is from Fabric Godmother & I only needed a metre to make a pencil skirt.  It’s stretch sateen, called ‘Mandy‘ & I suspect before too long the gold/ black/ blue colourway will be sold out but it is still available in blue.  That’ll be because it is so seasonal, surely, but Fabric Godmother has pages of stretch cottons & sateen …..

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I bought this fabric with a little pencil skirt, above the knee, in mind.  Having a black background it would be a great match with darker winter woollies, & of course black tights.  Choosing the pattern was also a cinch – having made the Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It before (my grey lined flannel version here) & it fitting right out of the packet, a second skirt was destined.  Remember this skirt has awesome curves in its design but is also eminently wearable- the style of a wiggle but with room to move.  It’s also an easy to sew skirt – centre back zip (I used a lapped zipper), a faced  high waist, with curvaceous side seams, & I made a kick pleat instead of a vent.  This time I did not line it.

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It took next to no time to make, but that much longer to finish as camping sewing means things like irons & ironing boards are not set up & I am actually using my sleeve board.

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I’ve been wearing it today & it’s very comfy & totally seasonally appropriate.  The stretch in the sateen has just the right amount of comfort so that it doesn’t really feel like other high waisted pencil skirts can.  Do you join me with a ‘Hurrah’ for autumn dressing?

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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 🙂