Thursday, March 26, 2009

Burda 09-2008-120 Pencil Skirt

A while back, Kristine and I decided to do a little fabric swap. She made a skirt out of the this wool and sent me the rest of it. It's about a yard. I sent her some black bottom weight stretch twill in return. I decided to make a simple pencil skirt out of the fabric. I love pencil skirt and they don't require that much fabric. This actually started out as BWOF 09-2008 #119 but when I put the pleated back piece on, it just looked stupid. So, I picked it apart and it's just a pencil skirt now.

Here you can see the inside. I used Whisper Weft on the edges and the facings. I used small scraps of bias material to back the darts.


Here's the inside. I love using some totally odd color on the inside.



I used hem tape to get a nice finish on the inside. I'm not sure how to really use this stuff. I sewed one edge onto the unfinished wool and hemmed the other end by hand. You can barely see my black hemming stitches on the top of the tape. You can see I made the hem pretty deep. But, that brings me to my next picture.



I think I may have hemmed it too short. I know you can't tell when it's photographed like this. But the last thing I want is to walk into school and have people think I'm dressing too young, trying to hard or that I'm prowling the school for potential mates. This is the back.



Here's the front. Tonight I'll snap some photos of it on so you can actually see how it fits. I love the overall hip and waist fit. I'll let you guys be the judge. I can easily let out the hem. Do I want to do it again? No. Do I like this fabric and want to wear it all the time? Yes. It's above my knees but not much. And I know some of you will say if it makes me question myself or if it makes me uncomfortable, change it. But, I lend to be "too safe" if you know what I mean. I want to look good at the same time.



Tonight, then!

10 comments:

Myra said...

If it makes you self-conscious, let it out an inch or so. Love that wool.

gwensews said...

Ha! On the prowl! I love that! In the cold climate, could you wear leggings under it? Or, is that not something that's done anymore? And, it IS cold where you are now,isn't it?

Emily said...

If this were a strictly "after-hours" skirt, than I'd say to push your comfort zone., but I think it's okay to be "too safe" in a school environment, for the reasons you listed. I'll reserve final judgment til I see the pix tho! :)

Julia said...

I love the fabric and the color of the lining.

While you are young is the time to wear something cute and spicy, Go for it if you are comfortable.

Carol said...

Without seeing it on, I'm guessing that it's going to be a nice length on you. I think a few inches above the knee is a flattering length. You're young and beautiful, so give it a go and see how you feel. I'm 46 and I make most of my skirts to a length of about 19inches, which is about 6 inches above the centre of my knee. Having said that, I live in a subtropical climate, which means I don't need to worry about the cold. The fabric is gorgeous and whatever you decide to do, it will still look lovely on you. I look forward to seeing it on.

angie.a said...

"But the last thing I want is to walk into school and have people think I'm dressing too young, trying to hard or that I'm prowling the school for potential mates."

Bwahahaha!!! I heart you so much!! :D

Kristine said...

Yaaaayyyy! You used the fabric! Love it, now we're twins!!! I better get to work on the stretch twill...
As for the length, did you do the fingertip test? That the test the girls at school have to pass if they don't want to break dress code. Hands down at your sides, if the skirt is longer than your fingertips, you're safe. But, the test really doesn't apply to staff... Let's see it on, and then we'll know for sure!

Miriam in KS said...

In your photos, the boots seem to eliminate the appearance of the skirt being too short. How far does the hemline ride up when you sit down? That would be the ultimate test for me as to whether it is too short or just right.

I think it looks really good now. If you are still uncomfortable later, you did leave enough to take care of it.

Judy said...

I think it looks great! Lifting does do wonderful things for the body, doesn't it?

Tj said...

aaah I can't see any of the pictures!