Spring is here. How do I know? The itchy scratchy throat and eyes. Yes, the pollen. Enough of that…
The azaleas are BLOOMING!
Friday afternoon, I decided that I wanted something bright and cheerful to wear on Monday (today). I hunted down the hot pink floral fabric that I purchased from Emma One Sock in 2015, that was always destined to be this vintage pencil skirt. I just finally got around to making it and wore it to work today. When I started working with the fabric, I realized the color matched the azaleas in my yard, and the flowers were very similar.
The pattern… I remember buying this pattern in 1991! I even bought the fabric for the skirt, body suit, and jacket. Talk about UFOs… I never made the jacket or the bodysuit, and I’m not sure what became of the fabric. I did make the skirt in a rust wool with a royal blue rayon lining.
Here’s the funny part. In my relative newness to sewing in 1991, I started the skirt. The directions are for an underlining… not a lined skirt. I didn’t know the difference then, but was really disappointed that, after constructing the seams, I had raw edges to deal with – not RTW at all! I remember thinking – “the instructions are wrong”. I was disappointed and set it aside. Life flew by and I found it and the pattern after a move a couple of years ago. I could no longer fit in that version, but I have made the skirt twice since, well three times now. I also know the difference between underlining and lining, and generally prefer the underlining now.
I still have the other two skirts – one is a straight size 12 in a black wool broadcloth, underlined in black silk CDC. It’s a little short, and is too small now, but I really love it! The other is a vintage floral bouquet, size 14, lined in cream silk CDC, blogged here.
This one was quick and easy. I knew I didn’t want it lower than the knee in this fabric, but the designed version was too short. Because this skirt is tapered to the knee (or thigh), I lengthened the skirt at the lengthen/shorten lines by two inches. It’s just above the knee. I also graded it out at a size 14.
The fabric is a slotted weave in cotton from Emma One Sock. It has a fair amount of body, and a quilted feel to it. BUT, you can see through the slots. So, I underlined the entire skirt (as per the instructions) with white cotton batiste. I considered a matching pink. I had some leftover from a previous project, but not quite enough and didn’t want to be bothered with dye.
In terms of construction – I serged my raw edges instead of using Hong Kong finishes (which I had done in my previous versions.) I added a bar tack above the back slit, inside, to help prevent mishaps. And, I inserted the invisible zipper. On this skirt, and the 8 gore skirt though, my zippers aren’t invisible. I don’t know what I’m doing different, but the top hardware is not hidden. Suggestions anyone? I don’t think I’m doing anything different, but I must be.
My son took the picture this morning. He’s six! And it was grey and raining, so none in front of the azaleas. The blouse is Kate Spade, purchased last fall. It would be an easy make – and is trimmed with rick-rack.