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Emmy Pencil Skirt

Added Jan 9, 2010

by gedwoods

Quebec, Canada






This pencil skirt is made using the basic skirt sloper or block (see my Technique at “http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/drafting-the-basic-skirt”) under some relatively modest modifications (see associated “Instructions”). The skirt was made from wool tweed. My model is my niece, Melina, who requested that I make her a pencil skirt. The skirt shown closes using buttons on the right hand side – these are matched by non-functional buttons on the left hand side to make a symmetrical design. In the version for which I’ve given instructions, I switched the button panel so that it opens to the back rather than the front, which I think is a better design that the one shown here. Note the two symmetrical slits at the sides – these can be lengthened or only one retained to change the look-and-feel slightly. Also, I made the skirt a bit too loose at the waist, and while making adjustments for the final fit, I had to bring the WaistBand button forward quite a bit – this makes the slightly odd look to the buttoned section visible in the photograph. If the fit is better to begin with, this shouldn’t be necessary.

Material Notes

tweed wool, bamberg lining, interfacing, polyester all-purpose thread, buttons



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    Aug 27, 2010, 01.20 PMby blueberrycobbler

    this is great! I love the look of a severe pencil skirt in brown tweed. I have an image in my head of adding a trimming of lace to the button tab not so it covers the buttons but so it sits against the fabric of the skirt. Do you think this would look odd? Or be an interesting design element (as I hope for)?

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      Aug 28, 2010, 12.24 AMby gedwoods

      Could be great! Try it and let me know!

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    Jun 24, 2010, 06.03 PMby woman

    your niece is a lucky gal!

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    Jan 10, 2010, 11.13 PMby judeb

    nice work

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