Every once in a while, I see a fabric I have to have, and snatch it up. Wait, that’s all the time. But sometimes, I see something and know exactly what I want to make and even make it up fairly soon after it arrives. This is true of this floral pique cotton I recently purchased from Marcy Tilton. When it arrived, I almost changed my mind – it would make a great bath robe too! But I saw a pencil skirt, and it leaped into the front of the project queue.
I’ve made Vogue 2778 before – it’s a 1991 Ann Klein pencil skirt. I didn’t blog the first time(s) I made it (I made one in the 90s too), but liked the overall fit and feel of this skirt, so I reached for it again. From my previous experience, I knew I wanted to lengthen it, so I added three inches. I considered going for midi-length, but didn’t.
There isn’t much to say about construction – it’s a pretty basic skirt. I switched to the invisible zipper, which I feel I have mastered. I cut a size 12, but sewed half inch seams to give a bit more ease (I’m not quite a 12, especially in the waist, but definitely not a 14). The fabric has a fair amount of stretch and is fairly substantial, so I probably didn’t need the ease. Still, the pattern called for underlining (and this needed underlining, because I wasn’t confident about the recovery on the fabric – didn’t want saggy butt after a wearing or two). I didn’t have anything on hand with stretch, but I did have an amazing, easy to sew silk CDC from Gorgeous fabrics (more ivory than white).
If I make the skirt again, I’m going to change how the facings are done. Here, it’s about a two inch facing, but needs to be slightly longer to hold the high waist comfortably in place. It’s also underlined, not interfaced. I didn’t do that though – I was concerned about bulk, so I used the CDC interfaced with the pro weft medium interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. No bulk, but the waist crumpled a bit after a full day at the office (and four of my nine hours today was standing).
As for wearability, Vogue 1440 is SOOO comfortable. It was 88 degrees
today and I was super comfy all day, indoors and outdoors. It doesn’t really look great tucked in with the high waist skirt, though. And, it has a slight modesty issue with the button placement – at least if you are like me, doing presentations all day and don’t want to worry about flashing folks. I’m a small b cup, and the top button hits right at the bra band. I’m going to need to adjust this on the next version and add a modesty snap to this version.
Early morning photos, with no help on pictures with the phone – well, my little boy tried to help as you can see in the last one.