I am surprised at how easily this very bright skirt fits in with my wardrobe. Originally I was planning on a dress for this fabric, but I'm so pleased that I decided to go with a skirt instead.
Today, I was going for a winter look, pairing it with a grey, woollen RTW top.
I wore it out one chilly evening with a tan jacket and boots. The hint of red was a nod to the colour blocking trend. The jacket was given to me by a friend.
It has more of a spring vibe when paired with this printed top (yet to be blogged).
Moving into autumn with an old favourite.
It seems to match so many different colours, including this yellow RTW top.
It has even rescued this asymmetrical tee. The original skirt for this top no longer fits and I have found it hard to pair with other bottoms, because most of my bottoms have a low waistband and the slit on this shirt exposes too much midriff.
One day I wore it with a tucked in shirt (yet to be blogged) and added a belt, which is completely not my normal style.
So enough of the wardrobe styling. Details about the sewing...
Fabric: Milly ponte from EmmaOneSock. This is my first time sewing with ponte. I have only heard about ponte from reading other people's blogs and I'm not sure what makes a fabric a "ponte". Is it the composition, or the knit? It is thick and stretchy with good recovery, which makes it ideal for a pencil skirt. The fashion seems to be for very tapered pencil skirts, but I honestly don't know how most people get about in them, unless they are all made from stretchy fabrics.
The pattern: burda style magazine, 9/2010, pattern 116. The pattern is designed for wovens. I compared the pattern measurements to my measurements. I was not sure whether to start with the size that matched my measurements or the size smaller. I did not have suitable fabric for a muslin and had no prior experience of ponte knits. I started with the size that matched my measurements but I should have started smaller because I ended up taking in the seams quite a bit.
I eliminated the back slit. I added a waistband. The waistband was wrapped around 20 mm elastic. I attached in much the same way as wide elastic waistbands are attached to exercise shorts. I did this instead of just adding length and turning under the top edge because the top edge was very curved.
I don't often wear such closely fitted clothing, but I like this skirt and have been making an effort to wear it at least once a week...part of my pledge to get my "good clothes" out of the cupboard more!