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Story of a Floral Pencil Skirt (kind of)

May 7, 2014
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I have been absolutely loving the pencil skirts with big, bold floral patterns that I’ve seen these past few springs. Go ahead and take a look at these beauties on Pinterest–unless, that is, you don’t have time to get sucked down the gorgeous pencil skirt rabbit hole.

I’ve toyed with making a floral skirt of my own for spring, but I hadn’t really done anything about it. That is, until I spied this lovely fabric on the clearance rack:
Floral skirt fabricI was stuck in one of those horribly long lines at the JoAnn cutting counter, and there happened to be just enough left of this discounted fabric for me to make a skirt. And, judging by the other garments I’ve seen done up in this fabric, this is a big box store win that should hold up rather than disintegrate. It was meant to be!

My big plan was to try my hand at drafting a pencil skirt that would perfectly match my measurements and use this as a trial run. I don’t know if it was the tutorial I used or my inexperience with drafting, but the experiment was a total flop. Even after a round of substantial alterations, my muslin had some big problems that, after a long semester’s work, I simply wasn’t willing to mess with.

There are two things I should mention at this point in my story. First, I don’t have a car in town (it lives with my husband), and it’s very difficult to get to the fabric store from my place using public transit. Second, I of course got it into my head that I should wear this skirt to Sweetie’s graduation this Sunday (it would look great with his blue robes, and really, I’m going to get most of my use out of this skirt in the spring anyway, right?).

I turned to my pattern stash and looked for something that would work with my small amount of yardage and didn’t have style lines that would chop up my big print (those roses are a whopping 5″ in diameter).
Floral S2512Simplicity 2512 view D, a sort of pencil/faux wrap/tulip skirt, was the winner even though it’s not at all what I had originally planned. You may not recognize this one, as it tends to take a backseat to the other views of this pattern, but I think it’s exactly what I need for this project. In fact, I think this will be an even better fit for this project than my original pencil skirt plan. Even with the underlining I’m adding to keep my undies from showing through the white sections of this print, this fabric will still have a pretty light body. I’ll also use the pink bias tape that was originally intended for the inner waistband to finish off the hem instead of the self binding the pattern calls for.

It would be great if I could finish this in time for Sweetie’s graduation, but I’ll pick out a backup from my wardrobe just in case. Who knows–I have a feeling some sewing time will be just what the doctor ordered after tomorrow’s nerve-wracking dentist appointment, so I may make some serious progress.

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