I’ve tried to be pretty choosy when it comes to testing or “touring” a new pattern. I try to only choose patterns that I have considered making a similar style or that I would spend money on. This way I actually make things I’ll wear, and I’m much less stressed during the process. (It’s all about learning to say “no” in multiple aspects of our lives, right?) I want to expand my Tried-and-True patterns but very carefully and deliberately. Well, I exclusively wear pencil skirts, so I said “yes” to try to the new Runway Skirt pattern. It’s a pencil skirt for knits and stretch wovens with some fun gores on the back, and it’s 20% off this week only! (Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway!)
Let’s talk about the details of this skirt. I decided to do my own thing and not use a knit or stretch woven. I used a gray suiting that I think has a high polyester content so it didn’t press well. So I sized up and made a size 6 and the knee length version. I LOVE that this skirt has petite, average, and tall for each length. I wanted it to be a very fitted pencil skirt so after putting together the sides and gores in the back, I put it on to fit it. The waist fit well but there was extra room in the hips. This happens to me often since I’m a borderline rectangle. I would say this skirt’s measurements lean towards a pear. I took in the hips and all the way through the hem. I combined two pieces in the back reducing the gores from 5 to 3. I did a machine blind hem, and I had to add an invisible zipper since there was no stretch. I also used the same gray suiting for the gores and cut them on the bias. They still stick out a little, but have great movement. Business in the front and PARTY in the back.
I often feel the pressure to make something special and different for a pattern tour, but then I often don’t wear it. I just made a solid gray skirt that will get worn often. It matches everything in my closet! And it matches my gray blazer. My husband suggested the idea so I could have a suit. I love it; I don’t really have anywhere to wear it, but I love the idea of it. They work great together and they work great separately with other pieces in my closet.