OK, there’s nothing very wild about this skirt, but I really like Lou Reed, so let’s just go with it, OK? First off, a wardrobe confession: this is my first pencil skirt ever! Not the first one I’ve made, but the first one I’ve worn (or even tried on)! I love the silhouette on other people, but I worried that it would make me look like a big rectangle since I don’t have much waist definition. But when I spotted this sweater knit at Mood, I knew it had to be a pencil skirt!
I didn’t have much time to sew this month, and really didn’t want to tinker with fit and muslins, so I used the skirt portion of my vintage McCall’s 5995 pattern and added a waistband. Now I know why Carolyn loves TNT patterns so much– it’s such a breeze to jump right into sewing without worrying about fit! I felt a little dumpy after I put the skirt together, so I pegged it at the hemline (8″ total), and now it feels just right!
I really like this fabric– it’s heavy enough to give me plenty of coverage (no gross bumps, lumps, or panty lines!), but it’s got enough stretch content to make it sleek and figure-hugging. And I love that it’s a subdued (dare I say sophisticated?) spin on a leopard print. I wavered a bit about the fabric at the store, but when I put the bolt down, several other shoppers started hovering around it and I nearly had to wrestle it out of another woman’s arms!
The only thing I’m not crazy about is that the thickness of the knit fabric makes it tough for the kick pleat to lie flat. Any suggestions for this problem? I suppose I could always go back and cut it out, leaving just a slit, but I do prefer the look of a vent. Any thoughts?
I realized as I was nearly finished with the skirt that I don’t have a single black top. Not one! So I dashed off to Mood at the next available moment and bought some organic jersey to make a quick Renfrew. The jersey washed up really soft, and it’s one of my most comfortable tees! I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of use out of it!
How do you guys feel about pencil skirts? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Fearful? And what about animal prints? Do they bring out your inner “meeeeeyooooow”, or do you think they should be reserved only for Real Housewives of Wherever?