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The Secretary Skirt

Added Apr 28, 2011

by integerclub

London, United K...






I knew what I wanted to make with this unknown (polyester?) suiting fabric as soon as I found it in the op-shop – it would be perfect for a pencil skirt! At only 50p for about 2 metres, it didn’t matter too much if I screwed it up.

The pattern is self-drafted, based on a few skirts I had, and plenty of Google images for research. It turned out to be fairly simple, although the first version came out a bit too wide at the hem. I fixed that by tapering it a couple of inches from the hips, so to give it that snug, fitted look. And snug it was too – I’d just finished lunch before the photoshoot, and had to get the husband to close me up.

The faux-leather for the waistband came from a friend’s fabric stash – we’re currently working on handpainted cushions, and are using the fake leather for the backs of some of them. I ‘borrowed’ a long, narrow strip for the front. The back of the waistband was made up in the same fabric as the rest of the skirt.

The polyester fabric is fairly thick on it’s own, but has a rough, scratchy quality that really irritates my skin. To make the skirt wearable, I lined it with some lilac acetate-type fabric I’d got of eBay. It’s finished with a metal-toothed zipper rescued from a pair of the husband’s unwanted trousers, and 2 little hook-and-eyes to close off the waistband. (The hook-and-eyes were another awesome op-shop bargain – a whole spaghetti sauce jar of them – sans spaghetti sauce, of course – for the princely sum of 50p!)

Of course, as soon as I got it all finished and photographed, the weather became much too warm for me to wear a fully lined, thick polyester skirt, and all I want to do these days is to swan around in floaty summer skirts.

Material Notes

unknown polyester suiting fabric, acetate lining fabric, fake leather,




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Other, Preppy
Leather/Fur, Polyester

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    May 3, 2011, 06.25 AMby olystyrene

    Hahahaha! The “husband” references are killing me!! Nice work Dooooyce! The leopard combo is HAWT!

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      May 6, 2011, 11.55 AMby integerclub

      Aww thanks Ol – you can’t see it, but I’m also wearing leopard shoesies!

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      May 9, 2011, 10.57 AMby olystyrene

      Oh gawd. That is SO RIGHT!!!

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    Apr 30, 2011, 09.32 AMby integerclub

    Thank you so much! Yes, I’m definitely looking forward to wearing it on cooler days :)

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    Apr 30, 2011, 05.40 AMby tilshmil

    It looks great on you and what good deals you found too! You picked a very flattering silhouette for your skirt. Save on to it, fall will be back soon.

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