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Self drafted pencil skirt

December 7, 2014
Self Drafted Skirt

Hello there, this is a nice walk down memory lane, my first ever sewing project! The widest part of my hips is a lot lower than the average figure, so on a quest for the perfect pencil skirt I bought a sewing machine from a thrift store and threw myself in the deep end. With no experience or insight whatsoever I drafted the pattern from my own measurements using this excellent tutorial from Jamie Lau at Burdastyle.com I was attracted to this one as I generally cannot resist things that are creative, technical and difficult.

The fabric is a beautiful cotton from Australian label Gorman sourced from the ClearIt warehouse in Fitzroy.


For a bespoke garment the fit is pretty terrible. Although I was impressed with my pattern matching, french seams, lining, invisible zip without a solid understanding of the concept of ease this skirt was doomed to lurk in the back of my closet. Why did I  remove all ease and then put french seams in on a whim, just to chew up all the remaining allowance? I cannot say.  I need to rip the side seams and give myself some more room in the hips – but I can get away with wearing this when all I need to do is make it to the office and remain stationary for 8 hours. Perhaps for my new career as a dress form?

I love the fabric, why is it so daunting to make adjustments to a finished project?

Thanks for reading.

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