A pleated pencil skirt

2 Oct

I really loved the look of this pattern, the pleated pencil skirt from Delia Creates. I liked its length and while tapered didn’t appear too tight at the knees. After printing out my pattern I was pleased to see that there were only a few A4 pages that needed to be taped together before tracing. I diligently pulled out my measuring tape to take my measurements and was a little shocked to discover that my two months of comfort eating (work has been stressful to say the least) has added two inches to my waist. But the nice thing about making my own clothes is making things that actually fit my body   just the way it is. So I proceeded to trace out the size 10. If I loose the extra two inches, well I’ll take in the sides then.  My fabric, if I remember correctly, is a cotton/linen blend  combined with some cheap canary yellow acetate lining.

The instructions were really clear and easy to follow and the skirt came together really well. However after step 7 (when I had attached the waistbands to the skirt and lining) and was able to try it on, I realised that the curve of the hip was much more prominent than I needed. So I shaved off the harshest angle of the hip curve from 4″ below the waistband, for 5 3/4″.  Size wise it is just perfect. I think it looks really flattering across my stomach and waist and it feels like a nice fit too.  I struggled a little with my zipper and getting the waist bands to line up on either side – it took me three attempts. But I’m really happy with the result.

And the yellow lining is soo fun, I’m really pleased with how the insides look!


12 Responses to “A pleated pencil skirt”

  1. Thimberlina October 2, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Super neat! And a great wardrobe staple 😃


    • rosemary October 2, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks! I’m really pleased with it – especially because it will go with so much. I’ve really been trying to increase the number of ‘planer’ garments, so I can mix and match more.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Siobhan S October 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

    Your skirt looks fantastic on you! And I like the cheeky pop of the yellow lining.


    • rosemary October 3, 2016 at 7:32 am #

      Thank you! The yellow lining put a smile on my face when I put the skirt on this morning!


  3. jendavismiller October 3, 2016 at 12:47 am #

    Pretty skirt, and oh goodness, that lining is spectacular!


  4. Lynsey October 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Lovely skirt, it’s you so well and looks fab!


    • rosemary October 3, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

      Thank you!


  5. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! October 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    I love the fit. You did a fine job of it! Of course I am a big fan of colourful lining. Since I don’t wear much yellow – it doesn’t look good with my skin colouring – there’s a thought… I could use it for the lining some time!


    • rosemary October 6, 2016 at 1:41 am #

      Thank you! It’s such fun going for a bold lining, especially if its a color you dont normally wear!

      Liked by 1 person


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