|White pencil skirt from Vogue 2043 by Isabel Toledo|
Back in May, Sarah of Goodbye Valentino made the chicest little white skirt. The various ways she styled it made me realize what a great summer basic it is, and it was decided; I had to have my own. I chose a very simple pencil skirt pattern, from Vogue 2043 by Isabel Toledo. I love Isabel Toledo for her quirky style, which in this particular pattern is expressed only in the blouse. The skirt instead is just a very basic pencil skirt: two darts in front, four in back, narrow waistband, back zipper and walking vent at back.
With white fabric, transparency is always an issue, so I knew the skirt would be fully lined. My fashion fabric is a cotton sateen with a bit of lycra for comfort. Since it is very lightweight and to avoid having to finish the edges I decided to use the flat lining method. In hindsight, the fabric is not lightweight enough for flat lining and the side seams are a bit too bulky. Ah, well, now I will definitely know it for next time...
|The inside of my white pencil skirt|
Now, to be completely honest, I am happy how the skirt turned out, but these extra techniques made what should have been a simple and quick project a lot longer, and I just lost interest. The skirt lay half made up for nearly a whole month. Yup, that's me alright... Then, through Merche's blog Aventuras de Costuras I learned about the Summer Spark Sew-Along. Barely in time I joined them and that gave me the motivation I needed to finish my skirt. Woohoo! Thank you ladies!
Finally, the reason I made this skirt in the first place, versatility:
|A white pencil skirt made with Vogue 2043 by Isabel Toledo|
Hmmm... I still need tops in orange, red, maybe even green!