Added Aug 28, 2010
Salt Lake City, ...
This is the Jenny Skirt Pattern from Burda Style. Can I just say, Love at first stitch. Onto specifics. I made this from a navy blue polyester wool blend. Not my favorite fabric to work with, but it was on sale and that does the trick sometimes. I needed a skirt in a basic neutral color too. This definitely fit the bill. It’s lined in silk charmeuse, which was a thrifted skirt from just a little while ago.
Things I love: The shape is superb on this skirt. I’ll admit, I got this one just a bit snug, but you might be surprised to find out that not only can I walk, I can sit! Ha! And talk about comfort. For something that does not really look comfortable, it is. Especially lined with the luscious silk. Pajamas, more like. Pencil Skirt Pajama. I also love the zipper. For those of you who’ve been visiting my blog for awhile, you know I simply abhore invisible zips. I’ve never had good luck with them. NEVER! But this is the most beautiful invisible zipper insertion I’ve ever attempted. I’m getting ready to post a tutorial here on Burda Style for it. I also love the bias cut waistband. Normally I don’t take too kindly to bias cut parts to garments. I would rather have the whole dress, not just the silly lining cut on the bias, if you know what I mean. This waistband is different. The bias part of it hugs that curve at your waist, making you appear even thinner that you would think.
Things I don’t love: This brings me to the parts I’m not so crazy about. I do love the bias waistband, however the downside of this is the slight puckering at the back. This is caused from the bias. I know this for sure, because I’ve attempted this sort of look on a few other garments before and always had the same result. Drag. I also do not love the slit at the back. It cheapens the look of the whole thing and it was a little on the high side. It was a bit too friendly on the “hello” side of things, if you know what I mean. It really should be a vent or kick pleat. And that, dear friends, is that. A seriously dangerous skirt, with more curves than I even knew I had!
This skirt inspired a Sew-A-Long via my blog, where I did tutorials for a back vent, the lining with a back vent and an invisible zipper. Please visit my blog for more fun with pencil skirts.
navy blue polyester wool blend, silk charmeuse for lining, invisible zipper, stretch lace for lining hem
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