It’s again been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I’m using this efficient post to put things back on track! These are all basic pieces I made a while ago but hadn’t yet gotten around to photographing. It’s probably been obvious from my posts so far that I’m obsessed with floral prints…I must also admit that I’m immensely fond of polka dots! 🙂
P.S. I’ve been working on something a bit different to usual this week – I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! 😉
For my third project I made a pencil skirt that I absolutely adored…
Alas! I have sad news!
A few weekends ago I was wearing the skirt whilst preparing for some guests who were visiting that day. Just before they arrived I thought I’d do another quick wipe of the bathroom tiles. Without thinking, I bent down and immediately heard the sound of fabric tearing. Argh!! I’d managed to rip a rather sizeable hole in the back of my new skirt! I must say I was devastated…
Anyway, not the end of the world! I’m still debating over what I’ll do with the remnants, as I can’t bear to let the fabric go to waste! In the meantime I decided I needed to make another pencil skirt to make me feel better about the other one’s demise. I still had some of the Indonesian batik fabric I used to make cushions a while ago, and decided this would make a cheerful skirt to wear during the colder months. Here’s the result!
This material is by one of my favourite fabric designers, Liberty of London. It was given to me as a gift and for ages I couldn’t decide what to make with it, I just pulled it out every now and then to admire! Since it has a slight stretch, I finally chose to make a close-fitting, zipper-less pencil skirt. I decided on a facing instead of waistband and added a kick pleat to allow some movement. It was super easy to make and I love the result – the fabric’s so gorgeous that it stands alone. I wore this skirt (the day I finished it? Of course!) when out shopping for wedding dresses. I don’t know if I can wait until next summer to wear it again!
I love billowing skirts like this because they make you feel comfortable no matter how chubby you’re feeling – somehow they manage to hide everything! I made this particular skirt using Butterick pattern 5285 that I’ve used once before. The original skirt I made from this pattern has been much loved and is now looking very worn and faded.
As is common practice for me when I buy or make new clothes, I wore this skirt the day I finished it, this time to a Japanese restaurant in the city.