Okay, there are three posts associated with this lovely tweed skirt, but after that, I promise: no more skirts! I’m sick of looking at my bottom half, and I’m sure you feel the same! Don’t I look grumpy about it?
This final pencil skirt is a project for Britex. The fabric is a truly incredible silk/wool blend in a very subtle tweed pattern. The weight and hand are glorious–perfect for a pencil skirt. The pattern is the Charlotte from By Hand London. I love the version with the ruffly peplum, but that just isn’t going to fit comfortably into my wardrobe at this time, so I went with the basic slim fitted version.
In addition to some dart reductions at the waist, I added a kick pleat at the back. (A tutorial for this simple addition will be posted shortly). Maybe my stride is too long or something, but I’m not sure how a person could walk in this skirt without a back vent or kick pleat, so it was a necessity for me. And even with a kick pleat, I still can’t impress the crowds with moves like this (scroll down a bit to see Shelley in action). Alas. Anyhoo, here’s the kick pleat from the inside:
Maybe for Halloween I’ll be “inside out clothing girl” just so I can show it off.
For the hem, I took a page from Laura Mae at Lilacs and Lace and used rayon seam binding, with a hand-sewn blind finish. (The best part of the underlining, by the by, is that you sew a blind hem to the underlining, not the wool, so it is truly blind!)
The skirt is VERY high waisted, with a wide waistband. It hurts me to show this picture, but here’s what it looks like:
The upper edge sticks away from my body a bit, so down the road, I may reduce the width of the waistband a bit. But hidden under clothing, it doesn’t look too bad!
3 thoughts on “Month of the pencil skirt: (Part 3 of 3). The Charlotte Skirt in silk/wool tweed.”
This is, by far, the best of your three skirts! The fabric has a nice hand, it's so flattering, and the longer length is really classy.
The inside is so beautiful! Definitely wear it inside out!
Ha ha. you look infinitely more dignified by not trying to test the limits of that kick pleat! (thanks for the link up)
All of these skirts have been beautiful. Loving the fit and the fabrics and I'm definitely looking forward to your lining tutorial as I'm with you, a wool skirt MUST be lined. For sure.