Get the lead out pencil skirt
My bestie left yesterday, after making his annual stop for a few days at ours on his way home for the holidays. I must say, I’m feeling a bit ronery after seeing him off, so I’ve brewed myself a cuppa and have settled in to some last-minute holiday gift making. I’ve got that post-vacation feeling, you know. But putting on a couple of my fav holiday albums and getting down to crafty bizniss will help me forget that we live too far from our tightest pals. Also, this cheery ensemble should do the trick.
I was trying to weasel my way into a photo shoot a la our college days, but this princess is too precious for weather that keeps frozen peas frozen. Don’t let that sunshine fool ya. It was chilly. Not the blizzards of Christmas visits past that relegated us to epic movie marathons, but we did get in several episodes of Spaced betwixt Somerville/Cambridge/Boston wandering/eating/drinking.
I went on this wild stash organization frenzy last week when trying to find enough yardage for a circle skirt. Can you believe that I don’t have enough of anything? Well, I did find this woolen, so I tossed the circle skirt like a frisbee and revisited my tried ‘n true Burda 8155. This time I didn’t overfit, and went back to the way I’d been making it all along. There was barely enough fabric, so I ended up having to use a narrower hem than usual.
The hem tape I found in my stash took care of that, though, and happened to be a perfect match to the crazy lining, also a discovery. That lining is definitely not silk, making it much more slippery & difficult to work with, IMO. Nothing a little Sullivan’s fabric stabilizer couldn’t handle. I freaking love the color combo. I’ll forgive my 20-year-old self the horror of buying acetate for the prescience of a winning wonder of the color wheel.
I think I’ve perfected the lined back vent now, and am totally addicted to them. By making a slight mod to Sunni’s tutorial, I was able to get it right without any weirdness going on.
The zipper is another stash-buster – a vintage metal jobbie picked up two summers ago at the tag sale to end all tag sales. It was up against a couple other colors, but the Monaco blue was a clear winner, despite being a little short. With packaging that reads “slim, smooth, smart” and “feminine, flexible” how could one go wrong?
Hand-picked with silk thread, it’s just a little tease of extra color. Of course, I pre-shrunk, because the tape is 100% cotton. There is organza reinforcing the zip and vent, and interfacing the waistband, which was slipstitched on the inside. The lining was also slipstitched to the zip tape.
I decided to switch it up this time with my hemming technique, and went for the vertical hem stitch. My new favorite when using hem tape. The stitches aren’t perfectly uniform on the inside, but it was 3 am, and I had a party to go to the next day. There you have it: wool, acetate, organza, silk thread, metal zip. A stash-bustin’ holiday happy skirt that will be making as many appearances as the fashion police allow.
Speaking of fashion police…