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Zip-down pencil skirt

Added Dec 6, 2010

by olystyrene

Sydney, Australia






I’ve always loved the pencil skirt. I love the way it hugs the figure in all the right places.

Another thing I love is leopard print. I don’t know where this stemmed from, but it exists. And I have accepted it, nay, embraced this love. Thus, combining these two wonderful things was an obvious choice for me…

I drafted this baby myself, and it was incredibly simple. It starts at the hips and ends just above the knee. It has front and back darts for a closer fit around the hip and bum area. I decided on a dramatic visible open-ended zipper closure, both for maximum visual effect and practicality – the zipper opens from the bottom, which allows for a longer slit when a bit more movement is required (e.g. running for, and then maneuvering onto the bus).

The fabric is a very thin corduroy – not something I’d usually work with, but I found it was just the right weight for this type of garment. It’s also the right weight to be worn all year round!

A simple and satisfying project! ;)

Material Notes

thin corduroy, metal open-ended zipper




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Punk, Vintage

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    Dec 7, 2010, 10.54 PMby nessys

    Whit wooo! Darl – Whit wooo! How sexy do you look in this little number???? Damn sexy I say!!! Lovely – you look like a really 50’s “dame” (Jane Russellesque) in this out fit!!

    Mind you – I did lol when I saw you admitted that, indeed yes, the lining is also leopard!!! I very am impressed with your drafting skills and again your superb photo shoot! xxxxx

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      Dec 7, 2010, 11.08 PMby olystyrene

      Hahaha! The double leopard was entirely intentional! :D Thank you, as always, for your kind, kind words!!! xoxoxox

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    Dec 6, 2010, 01.31 PMby integerclub

    It’s awesome – leopardy cord! What more can I say? Is the jacket lining leopard print as well?

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      Dec 6, 2010, 11.08 PMby olystyrene

      Heck yes, Doyceldorf! Double leopard!!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 12.53 AMby harrietbazley

    Do you ever get trouble with the zip undoing itself?

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      Dec 6, 2010, 01.00 AMby olystyrene

      No, not at all. It’s a fairly heavy metal toothed zipper. I think playing around with zipper types might help, if you’re worried. Cheers, Oly

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