I just finished this skirt on the morning and I thought I would take advantage of the good weather to wear it and take some pictures. Unfortunately, it was too sunny so I had to take them inside.
I have been watching the new episode of Madmen and the pictures of the Madmen Challenge's participants and while browsing some old issue of Burda, I came along this skirt: a pencil skirt with two big folds on the side front (11/2010 Skirt with front pleat). And it reminded me of that sexy secretary style, very Joan Holloway, sharp and work appropriate skirt.
I had some tweed bouclé wool left over after a Chanel inspired jacket I made for my boyfriend's mother and I thought it would make a nice winter skirt. Did I mention we're in April and it's already 25ºC outside? Not the point, but I am not sure I am going to be able to wear it before it's too warm.
The fabric seemed a good idea, but I didn't think about the fraying (a nightmare) or the fact that it's very loosely woven, no support whatsoever. So I armed myself with patience and quilted the three pieces by hand. This easy and fast sewing project took a lot more time than anticipated. But the result was worth it!
Here is a closer look at the folds and the grosgrain ribbon I used as a belt.
I am very happy about the result. It's an easy pattern: the front as one dart and the two folds and each back piece has one dart as well. It closes with a zipper and two eyes and hooks sewn to the belt.
This is how happy I am with my new skirt: singing and dancing in the street!