A piece of Linton tweed is a precious thing and I had some left over from the summer Chanel jacket, so it was kept wrapped in cotton wool and in a secure area until I could think of something to do with it. After trimming off the scraggly bits I had two pieces 20″ X 40″. What ya reckon ? Just enough to make a pencil skirt?
My hips are 40″ and I need a length of 29″ so there was only one direction these bits were going to hang. I took the extra few inches off the length, cut them up into 5″ pieces and sewed them together, added this panel to the right side seam to give me a skirt with a finished hip size of approximately 42″ – just fits! And there’s nothing left of the Linton either – all usefully used.
I didn’t use a pattern.
Make your own couture pencil skirt using two rectangles: half your hip measurement and add 3″ to each rectangle; choose the length you want the skirt plus 4-6″ – 2″ for hem and 2″ for self facing waist band.
- Machine tack the two rectangles together using regular seam allowances leaving an 8″ gap on the left for the zip
- Try on. Pin the gap closed and keep the side seams at the sides – pin to your knickers.
- Pin out the excess at the waist into 2 or 4 darts on the front and the same at the back. They will be different lengths on the front from back. This is normal.
- Take the skirt off and check the darts are evenly spaced. Sew the darts. Try on again just to be sure.
- Rip out the machine basting.
- Make lining using same measurements as the skirt but instead of darts just pleat the fabric to fit. Put the shell and lining together and sew as one.
- Sew side seams, leaving a gap for the zip on the left.
- Fold under 2″ (whatever you can spare) for a self facing waist band; finish the raw edge and insert grosgrain, interfacing or wide elastic. Hand sew down to the skirt or lining if using.
- Insert zip with the pull right to the top of the skirt.
Needless to say – press well at every step.
I had a meagre amount of the cream silk dupion that was used to line the jacket. This was transformed using Sorbetto into a sleevless top, with the neck trimmed in Linton selvedge edge (also stashed from when the jacket was cut out – see how precious, and useful, the Linton is?)
I now have a complete suit, jacket, skirt and top. I’ll never wear all three together in real life but the jacket and top look great with black trousers and the skirt and top look great with a black cardigan. Please excuse the paparazzi-style photos – something went wrong with the camera.
I never did a separate post about the jacket as all construction details are the same as this one. But here’s a montage of close up details:
Chain sewn round the hem to the side seams only as the four front pockets provide enough weight to balance the jacket.
Selvedge edge used as trim on neck and fronts, pockets and the Sorbetto top neck edge.
Quirky wooden buttons ( a gift from Prettynpink). Sleeve vents left open without buttons or closures.
And the moral of this story is – Never throw anything out!