Thursday, March 29, 2012

Flounce Pencil Skirt

This skirt has been on my to do list for a while. I've been holding off on making skirts and pants until my body is more back to "normal". You're probably sick of hearing about the post-baby body already! Well, I think it's about as good as it's gonna get at this point!
I've always liked this pattern. I like pencil skirts- they really flatter a body even if you have curves. And I like the different back variations in this pattern. I made view A which has a flounce in back.
I used a stretch Vera Wang suiting from that I got a couple of years ago. Unfortunately it is sold out now. It was on clearance at the time and I only spent $7 for two yards!
The skirt was very easy to construct. I didn't get a great fit on it but that was my fault. I was afraid to go with my standard size 16 (again, because of the cursed post-baby body) so I graded up to somewhere in between a 16 and an 18. It ended up being too big and I had to take it in in places. I think if I had stuck to my 16 in the first place it would have fit a lot better.
Overall, I am happy with my skirt and would like to use the pattern again for different views in the future.

On another note, I wanted to share a great tip that I stumbled upon at Sophia Sews. She posted about Gingher's scissors sharpening service. Like Sophia, my Gingher shears had lost their original sharpness and my home sharpeners did not do the trick. I mailed my scissors off and had them back in about two weeks all shiny and new! For only $7.50, it's a great way to maintain your investment. And talk about customer service! I forgot to include my check in my package that I sent them. I was afraid I would never receive my shears back but after corresponding with them, I as able to pay separately and receive my scissors back safe and sound!
Next up, I am working on my Spring/Summer 2012 wardrobe. I've made a separate page- you can check it out by clicking on the button on top. I've already finished five of the seven blouses. I will start posting soon!


  1. I have that pattern too. The skirt looks fabulous on you. It's a classic pattern. You're right, that skirt would flatter most people. A question on the fabric choice: you said you used Vera Wang suiting, which I am assuming was wool. Isn't wool difficult to wear in the summer?

    1. Good question! Actually this does not have wool in it. It's some sort of polyester suiting so its not heavy at all.

  2. What a great skirt! You did a good job.

    I've made this skirt a few times and really like it. The options for the back help to add a little something special to the design.

    I'm so happy you had a good experience with Gingher!