This gorgeous wool came into my hands via a precious inheritance from my wonderful Aunt Jean, a seam...2:43:00 p.m.
Red Tartan Gertie's Pencil SkirtThis gorgeous wool came into my hands via a precious inheritance from my wonderful Aunt Jean, a seamstress of amazing skill and talent. I was thrilled when I realised I had JUST enough to eek out a pencil skirt, and of course, I made another pencil skirt using the pattern from Gerties Book for Better Sewing*.
I made this using the straight waistband option and the only alteration was to peg it in a little more and add in a back vent.
I love how the double darts shape the tartan pattern. This fabric is a rather thick wool and it feels so warm and lovely to wear, like being wrapped in a blanket.
Notice how my back vent is spreading a little in the photo above? I found this nifty tutorial on how to prevent this from happening here. I'll make sure I use this trick when I do this next time.
I really love a hand picked zip when used in a "spongey" fabric like wool, as the prick stitches completely disappear into the fabric and make pattern matching so easy, although it does look a little off here:
I added in a lining in a lovely green silk trimmed with black lace, which makes it feel beautiful on the inside. Whenever I draft a lining for a skirt I don't just cut out the same pattern piece as I find it often feels inexplicably too small/tight and doesn't allow for (cough cough) "spread" when sitting. I always follow the tips given in this tutorial to add some ease at the hips and it really does work like a charm to produce a nice fitting and feeling lining. This is probably due to my body type as I do carry a fair bit of my weight in the upper thigh area.