This pencil skirt pattern for knits and stretch velvet was one of the first patterns we ever released.
I loved that pattern and made myself a million skirts using it.
Then last spring I cut out a 3 more…but didn’t get around to sewing them up.
Fast forward to last fall when I found some more fabric that would be perfect for 2 more of these skirts…and got them cut….but then one thing led to another and they ended up on the “to-sew” shelf with the other 3.
It was a sad state affairs: 5 perfectly good skirts waiting to be sewn up and worn!
So last week I sat down for an hour or two, put on a podcast, and stitched them all up…and it was like Christmas all over again!
Here is what I made:
A fun spring skirt out of some thick, sparkly scuba knit that feels amazing.
A crushed, stretch velvet skirt that will be great for Valentines Day…or pretty much any day. (It’s so soft and cozy!)
A striped jersey knit skirt that I plan to wear all summer with my favorite t-shirts…and that I really love…but on which I made a mistake that I want to show you.
Ok, it’s not really a mistake…I was being lazy and didn’t follow “best sewing practices”…but it does illustrate a point. Check out the hem:
I changed my top thread to black but not my bottom thread…and you can see that bobbin thread peeking through in the little dots along the hem.
It’s not a tragic flaw but a good reminder that it is a good idea to match your bobbin thread to your project.
And speaking of matching thread….I didn’t change my serger thread to black either….so if you peek at the bottom of this skirt you can see where I pulled the back hem down giving you a tiny look at the inside of this skirt.
I serged all the bottom edges before turning them under and finishing the hem…but used the white thread already in the machine. On this skirt I should have changed to black…but I didn’t….and that white might show.
But….I’m going to wear this skirt anyway. A lot. Because I LOVE it! It is a stretch cotton sateen with a velvet brocade pattern that feels like I could wear it to either a fancy dinner or a Haunted Mansion!
And last but not least there is the skirt that I am wearing today:
Another stretch velvet! (Velvet is such a favorite of mine.).
I was with my sister when I bought this fabric and she said “It looks like an old couch,” and I replied, “I know right?!?”
I just knew it would make a perfect skirt to wear with my cardigans and library lady glasses. I love it so much. It is my favorite.
See? I’m wearing it right now.
While standing in the closet in my basement using the timer on my phone to try to take a picture of myself because no one else is home.
A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.