Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Wool pencil skirt

I wanted to share my latest project, a wool pencil skirt.  I m super happy with this make - I tried really hard on the details of it -I m notoriously messy with the insides, but inspired by some other sewers on #bpsewvember on Instagram encouraged me to try a bit harder on that front!!

Here is the pattern & the fabric.  The wool is from Sew Over It and I totally love it- its a beautiful colour & great quality.   The lining is from Goldhawk Rd and the McCalls pattern I got with a magazine a few months ago (bought the mag for the pattern as I knew it was ideal for my skirt).

To add some interest to the skirt, i wanted to have stripes going down for the main panel, then horizontal stripes on the sides ....  Here are the pieces before I started.

 And here is a closer up at the fabric!

So how did I get on -  I wasn't super happy with the pattern to be honest.  I cut out a size 12 and I usually don't have to make too many adjustments on the skirt part of patterns, but the one came out really, really huge.  I had to take massive amounts out of the skirt later, which was a real pain.  Luckily I did the lining first so didn't have too many surprises when sewing the wool, but still i found it a pain- especially working with a striped fabric where you want to match things up.

First up, here is the lining:

With the wool, I bound the edge of all the pieces with binding foot- even though you don't see it because its lined it stops it fraying and I m happy just to know its there & looking so neat!

Its starting to come together, I was very happy with my zip on this occasion!  Whoop!

I chose to not put on a waistband, instead I used the waistband to create a facing instead. 

And here it is!!

 I found I didn't have anything that looked perfect with it so I went out and bought a couple of new jumpers :)  The one above matches so perfectly- its from Mint Velvet.

And here it is with a denim shirt (after a day at work, so please ignore the fact it looks like it needs a good iron!!!)  ;)


  1. It looks awesome. The inside is so neat. I tend to just overlock and ignore but this has really inspired me to put the time and effort into making my garments look complete.

    The wool you've used is beautiful too.

  2. thanks so much for your lovely comment, I ve really learnt to have a go at making the insides tidy and it does feel very rewarding