Saturday, June 1, 2013

My first pencil skirt. Thank you Gertie!

Since I started reading magazines, I have been stumbling upon the frequent article about how important it was to have a pencil skirt. In all these magazines, they say that they flatter all shapes. I absolutely did not agree until I I actually tried and sew Gertie's version.

I have already posted about the coat I made from a pattern from her book. As many bloggers, I am in love with the patterns and I am planning on trying many other ones! I am also quite looking forward to the second book she is already writing. I have seen many many versions of it, but one that I loved was Erika's. She chose such a vibrant colour!

At the beginning, I was afraid that this type of skirt would look bad on me. Indeed, I carry my most hated bits under the waist at the front. And anything that is too clingy makes me look pretty awful. I did a quick muslin and it actually looked nice. To be completely honest, I still need to wear supportive undies if I want it to look tip top, but I can actually wear it without. I get quite a few comments from plus size girls that would not have dared a specific look or pattern but that would do it after seeing it on my plussy figure. I really hope that you girls will try this one!

Here it is!

I have followed Gertie's tip and added boning to the waist band. It makes such a difference! I have also lined it with a coordinating black fabric. It allows the skirt to go with everything! And protects me from the static effect.

The first time I wore it, I was in shock. This skirt really makes me look good. It looks best with high heels. I wear it with skin toned heels or with black ones, depending on the stockings I wear. After a few   try outs, my two favourite combos are pencil+flowy blouse and pencil+Tshirt+Cardi.

I found the pattern very easy to work with. The proportions were great for me. I have basically upgraded the waist and hips of 2 sizes and it fit very nicely. The only little problem was related to the waist band. It gaped a little bit so I had to take the top side in by 6 centimeters in the front, and 8 in the back.

I will probably use this pattern again and try a very bright colour. But I will wait until fall/winter because I usually like my spring/summer skirts to float a little.

Have a great week end!

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