Officially I’m supposed to be making my pencil skirt, and I was working on it but I had a problem with the fit. Have you ever found this? The toile is fine but for some reason it’s coming out too big in the actual fabric. I think the difference is that I used a rather stiff calico for the toile where as the final skirt will be in a drapey wool. It actually needs about 5cm to come out around the hips (waist is fine) so it’s quite a big difference. Anyway rather than do the adult thing and spend a bit of time fixing it I decided to throw a sulk and start a new project.
This is from the latest Burda magazine (128-03-2012) and I made it out of a fine linen bought from John Lewis last week. When I first read the instructions I couldn’t work out how it went together so in the end I just went through it doing everything I was told to do without question! To make matters worse I didn’t make a toile so I just had to trust I was doing it correctly as I went along. Actually the instructions were fine, a bit complicated and it would have helped to have had pictures, but if you follow exactly what they suggest it works out. The only thing they could have added was a bit of information about when to neaten the edges on the yoke. I put mine together and then took it apart and zig-zagged around the edges, before putting it together again as otherwise I would have ended up with a nasty mess of fraying in the centre.
Anyway I love this skirt and think it will get a lot of use in the summer (2 degrees here today so maybe not quite yet). I’m not certain that adding the pockets was necessary, because the front is fairly full they end up slightly too far back in the skirt to be comfortable for putting your hands in. I not a great user of pockets at the best of times so may be its just me!
It was so quick I am thinking of making another one in wool. If I do that I will leave out the pockets and perhaps make the twist in the centre less complicated. I think it will look nice if I just apply the inner waistband flat rather than put the additional twist in it the last step calls for. That way I can add a lining so it will make a good winter skirt.