I have never made a pencil skirt before because I thought they were too simple to sew. You know, why sew something that you can buy. I had always had this idea that I would only wear pencil skirts in neutral colors, until I saw this fabric on the clearance table at joanns. It is a home decor fabric that I thought would be terrible for my home but amazing as a pencil skirt. Now after making my first pencil skirt I think I may be addicted.
First, it is super easy to draft a pattern to fit your body perfectly. I used this website and it is great, lots of details with the instructions, easy to follow and great results. An interesting thing I learned is that many pencil skirts need 4 darts in the front rather than two depending on your waist to hip ratio. So since my hips are extra big, or my waist is extra small (depending on how I am feeling about looking at myself on any particular day) I need extra darts to get a really good fit. This is great since every store bought pencil skirt I have ever bought has not fit around my natural waist which is what they are supposed to do. In order to fit around my ample hips I have always put up with a bigger waist band therefore having a poor fitting skirt.
Second, who wants a boring neutral skirt (okay ya sometimes I do) when you can have a colorful, fun patterned original. Here is mine…
I am absolutely in love with this fabric. The skirt fits well and is fully lined so feels good when I wear it also. On a side note I made the lining first as my muslin which I have read here and there that some people do and it is a great idea.
I decided to follow the lovely Liz’s idea over at zilredloh and do a godet instead of a slit in the back. Liz has a lovely blog that where she sews and knits all sorts of cute vinatgey clothes. She is so stinking cute, and she has bunnies, how cute is that!!! Anyway she has a great blog but my fellow sewists Liz is in desperate need of help right now, she confessed on her blog last night that she spent three hours she had planned to spend sewing playing video games with her husband! COME ON LIZ, VIDEO GAMES with your HUSBAND, where are your priorities!!! So as a sewing community it is our duty to post all sorts of amazing sewing stuff on our blogs to pull Liz back to
the dark side where she should be, at her sewing machine making amazing creations for all of us to look at. There I have done my good dead for the day, “you are welcome Liz”. Soooooo anyway here is the godet…
I didn’t get a really good pic but you get the idea. My only change I would make was to make the godet longer. I made mine 7 inches and I think 9 would have been better.
Now onto my neurosis. Now I am not meaning to brag here, but usually when I make something new and unique I get lots of compliments, I am sure any of you out there who sew know what I am talking about because you get the same (see I am not braging if it happens to all of you too). So anyway I wore my cute new outfit to church thinking I was going to get complimented like crazy because I really LOVE this skirt, like one of my favorite things ever love. I got not one compliment. So ya ya ya I should sew for myself and not others, and I should be secure in my own likes and not need other people to feel good about myself, and I really am okay with it. I have had many times where I have made something I liked that no one else did and that is okay, but I thought this one was great. Then I start wondering, “am I crazy, do I really look like a weirdo most of the time” then I get annoyed that I even feel that way. For heaven’s sake I am 34 years old, can’t I have some confidence by now! So I go back and forth with caring then not caring if people like my stuff, does this ever happen to any of you?