Created by: Umi Francis
Project

First Pencil Skirt

What are you most proud of? I love the fit. I went back and resewed the side seams to take in the fit and reshape the curve of the hips. I actually bought a smaller size pattern than I should have. I improvised and added the inches to the biggest available pattern on this package. I haven't mastered measuring correctly to fit the pattern, but the way the skirt was constructed allowed me to go back to finesse the fit. This is the first time I managed to come away with darts that look and do exactly what it's suppose to. This was my first real clothing construction that didn't use any elastic. (That was fitted.) I'm really proud of my results. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would watch all the videos through once, before starting. I failed to watch the first few videos before buying fabric or buying the pattern. (I picked the pattern when buying this class and totally picked out the wrong size.) Also, the trickiest thing by far was measuring myself. (The skirt still came out a little bit more loose than I normally wear for ready to wear garments.)

You Can Make This

Umi Francis made First Pencil Skirt with:

Sew Ready: Garment Basics

Online Class

Sew Ready: Garment Basics

with Brett Bara

  • I found a cotton broadcloth from Dear Stella at my discount fabric shop. (I'm so happy I was able to find a fabric that was affordable to experiment with.)

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I love the fit. I went back and resewed the side seams to take in the fit and reshape the curve of the hips. I actually bought a smaller size pattern than I should have. I improvised and added the inches to the biggest available pattern on this package. I haven't mastered measuring correctly to fit the pattern, but the way the skirt was constructed allowed me to go back to finesse the fit. This is the first time I managed to come away with darts that look and do exactly what it's suppose to. This was my first real clothing construction that didn't use any elastic. (That was fitted.) I'm really proud of my results. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would watch all the videos through once, before starting. I failed to watch the first few videos before buying fabric or buying the pattern. (I picked the pattern when buying this class and totally picked out the wrong size.) Also, the trickiest thing by far was measuring myself. (The skirt still came out a little bit more loose than I normally wear for ready to wear garments.)

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