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!