August 9, 2010

Danger! Curves Ahead Pencil Skirt



Here is number 1 of three pencil skirts fit to be made for my Self Stitched September-ness. This is the Jenny Skirt Pattern from Burda Style. Can I just say, Love at first stitch. As per usual with Burda Style patterns, this pattern did not come with great instructions. No problem, as pencil skirts aren't really that complex.



Onto specifics. I made this from a navy blue polyester wool blend. Not my favorite fabric to work with, but it was on sale and that does the trick sometimes. I needed a skirt in a basic neutral color too. This definitely fit the bill. It's lined in silk charmeuse, which was a thrifted skirt from just a little while ago.



Things I love: The shape is superb on this skirt. I'll admit, I got this one just a bit snug, but you might be surprised to find out that not only can I walk, I can sit! Ha! And talk about comfort. For something that does not really look comfortable, it is. Especially lined with the luscious silk. Pajamas, more like. Pencil Skirt Pajama. I also love the zipper. For those of you who've been visiting here for awhile, you know I simply abhore invisible zips. I've never had good luck with them. NEVER! But I did some digging around in some of my old mags and found this article for putting them in. It was back in a Sew Stylish issue which is apart of the Threads empire. (I can't find the article on the Threads website, I'll keep looking, but maybe I'll just give you my version of the zipper insertion) Ummm...have you ever seen a zipper look so beautiful? Yeah, me neither. I'll admit, it is warping just a bit and I think this is because in general, I got the skirt a bit on the snug side. But this takes the cake as the most gorgeous invisible zipper insertion I've ever attempted. I also love the bias cut waistband. Normally I don't take too kindly to bias cut parts to garments. I would rather have the whole dress, not just the silly lining cut on the bias, if you know what I mean. This waistband is different. The bias part of it hugs that curve at your waist, making you appear even thinner that you would think.



Things I don't love: This brings me to the parts I'm not so crazy about. I do love the bias waistband, however the downside of this is the slight puckering at the back. This is caused from the bias. I know this for sure, because I've attempted this sort of look on a few other garments before and always had the same result. Drag. I also do not love the slit at the back. It cheapens the look of the whole thing and it was a little on the high side. It was a bit too friendly on the "hello" side of things, if you know what I mean. It really should be a vent or kick pleat, which for pencil skirt #2, you'll definitely see.



And that, dear friends, is that. A seriously dangerous skirt, with more curves than I even knew I had! I was thinking it might be kind of fun to do one of these skirts together. Giving you some fitting tips and sewing tips that you wouldn't normally get from the pattern and not to mention, it would be like a collective little sewing league where we could all share our problems, issues and tips. What do you say? Maybe a little flickr pool to boot. Come on, come on, it'll be fun, it'll be fun!
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17 comments

  1. I totally agree about the slit - it lets a beautiful skirt down. I feel a bit self-conscious walking around in mine, knowing quite how much upper thigh is being revealed. It would look far better with a vent or kick pleat. But seeing as I don't quite know how to adapt the pattern ... I would happily come along for a Jenny Skirt Ride!

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  2. I have been eyeing the Jenny Skirt as my inaugural return-to-sewing pattern and would be so totally down with a sew along! Count me in!

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  3. this skirt on you = gorgeous.
    I've had my eye on this skirt for a while, but the thought of printing and taping it all up and the fact I can't tell if it comes in my size have all stopped me dead. though if I'm sewing along with you I'll definitely give it a go.

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  4. What a wonderful skirt! Very nice curves and the lining is super-cute. :-) I'd like a sew-along, I could definitely do with a pencil skirt!

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  5. Love your skirt, i have never made a pencil skirt so it would be great to join in a sew-along :)

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  6. Its gorgeous - what a perfect fit! And the zipper really is super neat!! I LOVE the fact that you used a thrifted skirt as the lining material - why have I never thought of that!
    I commented on your blog before (on your pencil skirt inspiration post) that I'm planning to make a few pencil skirts so I would DEFINATELY be up for a Jenny sew-along...especially if the Burda instructions are a bit sparce!!!
    Bring it on!

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  7. I just bought this pattern and would love to do the sew together! Especially since I have never inserted lining OR successfully inserted a zipper (invisible or not). And the burda instructions are pretty confusing when trying to put this thing together.

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  8. I love your color sense! and I would love to try a sewalong.

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  9. I love your color sense! and I would love to try a sew-a-long...

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  10. You look sensational! Count me in for the pencil skirt group. I'm tackling one for my Hepburn Hepburn project.

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  11. Great skirt & nice job on the zipper Sunni!
    Re: waistband puckering at the back, I'm a novice - but would cutting the front on the bias (as per instructions) but cutting back waistband pieces on the straight-grain cure this problem... but still get the waist-slimming effect on the front ?
    P.S. I bought & downloaded the Jenny skirt pattern ages ago but have not used it yet, so a sew-a-long/tutorial would be fabulous please !!! :) You could call it "Sew-with-Sunni" :)

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  12. Love this! I have made up the Jenny and looove the shape. Unfortunately it was in fabric from old curtains in my house that didn't end up looking as groovy as I was imagining. So I'm keen to make up another. The shape is so flattering and love love love the bias waistband. I'm up for a sew along. Already have the pattern cut out.
    http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/sandrasews

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  13. I love the skirt! But I am seriously impressed with the zipper! It's perfect. I would love to see the article you mentioned. I will have to try and look for it.

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  14. Gorgeous. You, the skirt and you in the skirt. Beautiful!

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  15. i love it! perfect skirt and PUUURfect lining (can you tell that i love it?). great job on the zipper, i could tell that you hand stitched the lining to the zipper? I never thought of that. maybe i will use that method for the dress I am working on! :)

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  16. Oh my... fabulous and fabulous and more fabulous! Great zipper insertion!

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  17. Hot! I love the lining and lace detail, the idea of using thrifted garments as lining is brilliant! You know, I've been eyeing this skirt pattern as everyone has such success with it.. I am probably too late for your sew-along but this is definitely inspiring!

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