In a bout of familial duty, I volunteered today to go on a road trip with my parents. The objective: Empty and clean the small caravan my parents have stored in Petworth, a couple of hours south of London. To understand what a sacrifice this is, you must have watched the film Little Miss Sunshine* (or as I like to call it – every family vacation we’ve ever taken). Luckily no disasters yet but plenty of bickering and back-seat driving (usually Dad’s behind the wheel). At least, these days I am in possession of an iPad and can escape for a few minutes to share one of my summer sewing projects – an easy to wear double-knit pencil skirt.
The thing about changing jobs is that it goes painfully slow and then suddenly very fast. After the Crafter’s Ceilidh last weekend I had a second interview on Monday then an offer through on Monday evening, and by Wednesday morning I was in the office for my first day.
During the search I wasn’t sure what kind of environment I was going to end up in – office, retail, hospitality etc. so it was sort of hard to start planning the appropriate clothes. Now I know it’s in a smart-casual office I can make garments appropriately, starting with this skirt I made while interviewing.
With such a tried & true pattern like Burdastyle’s Jenny this was a very fast make. The fabric is 100% pure wool bought in this stash from Walthamstow Market for £5/m and the lining from the same place for £1.50/m. The lining is my favourite part, like a hidden ray of sunshine.
This version varies from the standard pattern by removing the front darts and instead easing the front into the waistband which is cut on the straight grain rather than the bias. I also eliminated the split at the center back as I find there’s enough room to walk fine. The lining is about 2in wider than the fashion fabric for ease of wear and is gathered into the waistband front and back.
It feels good to be working again and the company is an exciting and expanding one, although it’s pretty nerve-wracking being the new person and trying to get up to speed. I hope you’ll all bear with me while I adjust to the new schedule, it’s Monday to Friday for the most part and with a whole hour for lunch (in NZ 30 minutes is pretty standard) I’m going to trial posting at lunchtime.
Also progressing nicely, is the new blog design and move to the lazystitching.com domain. Watch this space and hopefully next Monday I can announce the launch!
I found the fabric during this trip to Walthamstow market for £2.20/metre from Classic Textiles which is a stupidly good price.
I bought a metre and a half, just planning on making this classic version (only alterations were addition of a back vent and halving the waistband height) but there was enough left over make the mini version(ok so this counts as mini for me) below.
For the second skirt I used the jenny pattern and all the length of the fabric left over. From the scraps I cut a strip the length of my waist measurement and about 3in wide. I used an invisible zip on both skirts and this double knit has enough stretch that I was able to use it to make a standard waistband. Then on a whim I added little patch pockets to the front.
This is probably the most realistic picture of what I wear most days. It was just a whim to make this version but I swear it has become one of the most worn thing in my wardrobe.
4 hours, £3, 2 skirts, 1 very happy camper.
Ps. Yup, I’m still working on the Colette Pattern Fall Palette Challenge. You can see the details and progress so far by clicking the ‘Fall Wardrobe‘ link at the top of the page.
Woops got a little behind there and lets face it most of this weeks outfits were total repeats – so unexciting!
Here’s two I hadn’t worn yet this month though…
Hehe… I was half asleep when I took this one. Luckily this double-knit mash-up of New Look 6824 & BurdaStyle Jenny doesn’t require a lot of thought.
I seem to be on a purple kick – today I wore my me-made suedette skirt with a rtw shirt.
Had a whole lot of meetings today so wanted to look a little snazzier, which for me means breaking out one of my tried and true BurdaStyle Jennys. Nothing like a pencil skirt to make you feel in charge!
I’ll be forever grateful to The Cupcake Goddess and her pencil skirt sewalong for introducing me to this pattern.
First of all, I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone for all the encouragement and gorgeous helpful comments on the last couple of posts. I’m down in Wellington for a couple of days for work so I haven’t had a chance to do a proper catch-up and reply but it makes a lovely treat for the weekend.
Here’s what I made on Sunday afternoon. I really wanted to give McCall’s 6069 another try but this time swapping out the unflattering straight (and too short) skirt for my tried and true Burda Style Jenny pencil skirt. I just cut the back piece on the fold (leaving off the vent), stitched the darts and then gathered the top into the skirt before stitching. I still put in the elastic at the waist but the pencil outline was a lot nicer than the original.
I also left off the sleeves making it more summer suited and used a crepe textured knit. I wanted the option of wearing it to work so I used the square necked front from view C to make the back bodice.
Which also meant that I had, all be it unintentionally, made a reversible dress!
The perfect dress for when you don’t have time to change between work and fun.