Pencil Skirt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The seams lay so well, and it hangs beautifully. What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you choose white fabric, don't underline or line with white fabric. I did, and the seam allowances were so obvious. That's why I lined it with a satin polyester - not because I wanted to, but because it toned down the seam allowances. It now fits tighter than it should, but not so much that I don't wear it!

What you will need

  • Cotton pique for the fashion fabric
  • cotton batiste for the underlining
  • and polyester satin for the lining

Q&A with Marty Blow

Cissie asked:
Looks like that skirt fits you beautifully. Interesting about not using white for the underlining or lining. What would you use? Beige?
Marty Blow answered:
Thank you! Yes. Something close to your skin tone. I also wear beige or natural undergarments under white.
Julie Eilber asked:
Nice job! It fits great.
Marty Blow answered:
Thank you so much!
Davesmom asked:
Nice fit. Is this your first clothing article or have you sewn before?
Marty Blow answered:
Thank you so much. I've sewn before. I've been at it on and off for 20 years. I've really in love with it right now.
hansity asked:
Very pretty. What pattern did you use?
Marty Blow answered:
Thank you! It's Burda 118.04.2012. I don't know why I rated this four out five circles for difficulty - the pattern itself is quite simple. I guess I was thinking of the hand sewing and fitting techniques that were new.
sweatersnthings asked:
The fit is lovely. Thank you for sharing your tip regarding the lining and seams. I found it helpful and interesting. Really like your skirt!
Marty Blow answered:
Thank you! I think that using a princess seam construction really make it so much easier for fitting curves. If you can call it princess seams on a skirt - I'm not sure. :)

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