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Black pencil skirt

Black pencil skirt-BeginHey guys!

Taking a quick break from the Nigerian Woman series to bring a style post cause I feel I haven’t done one in a while!

So I made this skirt ages ago and took the pictures a long while back but for some reason I just have not posted it until now. You know how you buy a ton of stuff but you only end up using a select few on a regular basis, same thing happens when you sew. I’ve made a lot of things but this is one of the few that I have worn A LOT! That’s possibly why I hadn’t posted this yet because I got so used to having it in my closet that I forgot to blog about it.

This was pretty easy to make. I started off with stretchy fabric; if you’re going to replicate this I suggest using something thick just so you don’t have to worry about lining it or how it clings to every bump and crevice -_-. I cut out a rectangle with the length of the skirt and the breadth was wide enough to go around my hips. From that point, I just added darts to taper the waist and took in the side seams till I was satisfied with the shape of the skirt.

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Now this was probably not the most efficient way to manage the fabric but it definitely seemed easier. When I had finished the skirt I cut out another rectangle which was 4 inches wide and the length of my waist and used that to make my waist band. For difficulty, I would rate this project a 3/10, it really was that straightforward and I’ve gotten so much use out of it!

I’m thinking of giving more details of how I create certain pieces, almost like an outfit recipe…we’ll see how that works out 🙂

 

Pictures by Willyverse

Skirting about with the magic of patterns

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Ooh la la!!!!!!!

I had no idea how amazingly fantastic patterns were! And no I don’t mean patterned fabric (although that’s also uber fantastic and relevant to this post). I’m talking about patterns that help you craft the perfect piece every time, much like a stencil if you will.

I feel the need to explain what a pattern is because I had never heard of one up until a couple of months ago when I first started researching how to make my own clothes. There are tons of blog posts that explain better what a pattern is but basically its a cut out that helps to guide you on how exactly to cut your fabric for a specific piece of clothing. You could buy your patterns ooooor make them which is what I decided to do. I would discuss how to make your patterns in a future post as I’m still learning and trying to perfect it myself.

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Anyhow, I made a pattern for a pencil skirt and seeing as I had quite a bit of fabric left over from the shorts I decided to make myself this pretty little number!

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For difficulty I would rate this a 5/10.

My main challenges were:

*attaching the invisible zip. (I find Zippers in general to be a little tricky)

*When I had finally succeeded with the zip, I decided to add a little pearl button to hold the waist together but unfortunately I had not accounted for a button hole so that bit is still a little wonky.

*Finally there was the huge debacle of the pointy hips. This was a problem that came from my pattern. (Note to self: don’t try to draw a curved line with a straight ruler, it just won’t work boo!). Anyhow that was fixed by trying it on, pinning things in place and sewing down.

I’m pretty happy with the outcome, well i’ll be really happy as soon as i find a way around that wonky button hole 🙂Begin-skirt back