Added Oct 18, 2009
This is a fully lined pencil skirt I made in beatiful Harris tweed which I bought direct from the weaver while on holiday there. I chose a hot pink lining in a fairly heavy satin to avoid the material bunching up inside the skirt (see ‘inside-out’ photo). It peeks out from under the ‘pockets’ (these are just flaps, by the way, see detail photo). I found that hand-finishing the lining produced the best results here. I also added a clasp closure which is more for decoration than anything for that celtic feel (see detail photo). The skirt could have done with a press before taking the pictures but that would have meant getting the ironing board out on a Sunday morning… ;-)
The pattern is from the 10/2005 edition of Burda Magazine, which unfortunately is not available in the Burdafashion Archives, sorry!
It is the perfect pencil skirt: very elegant, precisely the right length, pretty and easy to wear despite it being quite a tight skirt. Not being able to take big strides in this skirt makes the wearer walk like a lady. I guess we could call this one a fifties-inspired wiggle skirt! Bang on trend for autumn/winter 09/10. The same pattern undoubtedly works very well in other medium weight fabrics such as woollens, brocade or even a black denim for a cheeky weekend version.
Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to rotate pictures (using very unfamiliar software here) so you don’t do yourselves an injury trying to look at my work… Sorry everyone!
80cm of tweed, 150cm wide
75 cm of lining, 140cm wide
interfacing H410 to reinforce and shape the waist
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