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Sewing my own clothes

My love for pencil skirts may be fairly recent, but it runs deep. I wear them most days because:

  1. they are extremely comfortable
  2. easy to dress up/dress down
  3. minimal effort to put together a snappy outfit

I have quite a few skirts already:

  • black pencil
  • leopard print pencil
  • black and white  houndstooth knit pencil
  • black and gold(ish) fingerprint patterned pencil
  • black skater
  • grey skater

However, what I really wanted was some brightly coloured pencil skirts. I have so many black and white sweaters/tops, a lot of them really don’t work with my patterned skirts. Also, the black pencil is such that when I wear it with black leggings it can be hard to tell I even have a skirt on, which… isn’t a good look.

I looked online and bright coloured pull-on pencil skirts weren’t common, nor were they inexpensive. I also didn’t feel super comfortable buying them sight unseen because an XL/16 may fit me fine in all the ones I have now but who knows what size the ones online would actually fit.

Pencil skirts are just tubes with a bit of shaping at the top, so why the hell can’t I just sew my own? I have done some sewing in the past, I’ve made quilts and whatnot, so how hard can making pencil skirts be? So off I went to Fabricville and got some fabric. There was even a big sale – buy one meter, get two meters free – so I got 4 different fabrics. Total cost? 40$.

 

Turns out knitting pencil skirts was exactly as simple as I hoped. I hauled out my sewing machine which is actually my mom’s hand me down sewing machine. It is a super fancy Husqvarna machine, but the embroidery doesn’t work anymore. It is still a totally wonderful “normal” sewing machine and perfect for me. Anyway, I used my black pencil skirt as a bit of a template, sewed a tube, hemmed the bottom, hemmed the top, and then put in some darts along the top hem to have it come in at my waist.

Bam! Skirts!

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Modesty aside, they frankly look fabulous. I am so happy with them. They are EXACTLY what I wanted, and I was able to make all four in one morning. AND I have quite a bit of fabric left, enough for two more skirts if I wanted. As it stands I spent 40$ and got 4 awesome pencil skirts, averaging to 10$ per skirt. No complaining about that!!

 

That night I asked my husband to take me out for a date so that I’d have an excuse to wear one of my skirts out. 🙂

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