In the second installment of my quest for the perfect pencil skirt, I’ve gone back to a classic. This is the wiggle skirt from the Two-in-One Skirt Collection by Simple Sews. I’ve made this pattern up twice before: a floral stretch cotton sateen version in May 2015, and a goldenrod version out of upholstery fabric in October 2015. The floral version is still in my closet, but I broke the zipper on the second version an decided that it wasn’t worth fixing. Both of these skirts are fine, but the fit wasn’t perfect so I wanted to see if I could improve on it.
This seems crazy, but I’ve only made one skirt in the past two years. 2016 and 2017 were all about pants: Itch to Stitch North Point Trousers, Hudson Sweatpants, Style Arc Sadie Pants, Ginger Jeans, and Colette Clovers. This year, though, I’m going to get back into skirts. I want to find the perfect pencil skirt pattern and sew up a work wardrobe full of them. Continue reading
Remember how an impulse purchase recently led me to a disaster of a tank top? Well, I bought this fabric at the same time as part of the same impulse purchase. It is an upholstery fabric that was found in the exact same clearance bin at Joann’s. Fortunately, this story has a happier ending.
When I’m planning a sewing project, or sometimes even after it’s completed, I’ll think, “If I saw this in a store, would I want to try it on?” Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the things I want to make are not necessarily what I envision myself wearing. Or maybe they are what I envision myself wearing, but not what I actually wear. There can be a difference. Continue reading