August 4, 2010

Pencil Skirt Love

A smattering of different ideas to fuss up a pencil along the top row of images

I decided to tackle a couple of pencil skirts for Self Stitched September. I had purchased the Jenny pattern from Burda Style awhile back and thought it was time to stitch it up. I just got rid of two ready-to-wear pencil skirts, boring black and brown ones, that had definitely seen better days. I'm always amazed at some of the things that I've chosen to buy over the years and how poor quality they really are. The brown skirt had this awful polyester nylon lining that clung to anything and everything. And the black one was completely unlined, made from some awful polyester junk. Both had side zips, both dug into my waist, and both were too baggy in the hips. Do you have that problem? I simply can't STAND it. By the end of the day, I want to cut myself out of the thing. Uggghh....
I'm in love with the pencil skirt in the middle, that olive color is to die for and it looks beautifully fit

Well, onto more pleasant things. I needed some inspiration. Nothing like flying by the seat of your pants without a road map. I keep a creative inspiration journal with me and when I find clippings of things I like I cut them out and paste them in it. Surprisingly, I have a thing for pencil skirts. I find the silhouette they create rather clean, sexy and up town. And they are so feminine. They bring out all those curves. Bring out the firetrucks!
The two bottom images are fabulous, a mini pencil skirt and that gorgeous blue traditional pencil skirt

Tried making a pencil skirt lately? I'm also in love with the fact that something so sleek and sexy comes from 1 - 1.5 yards of fabric. That's definitely something to write home about. Not to mention, you get to line it (or not, depending on your preference) in something you want to line it in, like silk. Or maybe even that bemberg rayon lining. Oh, the lush!
The image in the middle is a great idea, adding a border along the bottom to spice it up and bring it out of the ordinary

Just a little pencil skirt love for your Thursday morning perusal.


  1. There's nothing like a good pencil skirt, and nothing as annoying as an itchy pencil skirt (in fact, I'm all itchy right now, just from the thought!). I love the images you collected, especially the charteuse-mustardy one and the blue skirt, next to the mini. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Oh I LOVE pencil skirts, they are just so flattering! And I've just bought a tonne of fabric that I plan to make into numerous pencil skirts so you're post came at the perfect time. Love all those inspirational images, especially the bold colours. Loving the bright blue and also the red one at the top of the first page.
    I'm also trying to think of a suitable blouse/top to make out of a pink linen that would sit nicely tucked into these numerous skirts I plan to make...but no inspiration coming to me yet.....
    Really looking forward to seeing how your skirt turns out :)

  3. I see about four or five pencil skirts in my future for fall… also, just read something last night about the need for underlining pencil skirt so that the backside doesn't bag out over time. I'm planning on using silk organza for that.

  4. I also love pencil skirts. I want to sew me one for a very long time. Result, no pencil skirt to date... maybe seeing yours will motivate me :) I can't wait to see it, I'm sure it will be amazing as usual... The yellow skirt and the olive one are my favorites!

  5. I love the look of that yellow polka-dot one! Alas, my hips would probably love the look of that green vertically-striped one much, much better.

  6. Oh yes! Pink linen top would look beautiful in a top, all billowy and sweet over a fitted pencil skirt.

  7. They must be the easiest thing to pair with anything and look good. I was wondering if 3 were too many, but knowing you'll be having 4 or 5, well now I'm thinking about 4 or 5. Ha. This underlining concept is a very good idea. The backside does get a little weak from sitting and walking. hmmm...great idea!

  8. Great, inspiring collection! I also have a sad RTW pencil skirt that's falling apart yet I continually wear. Time to whip up a new one! I'm just getting caught up on your blog but it looks like you've written up some awesome pencil skirt posts over the month, can't wait to read them :)

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