Posts Tagged ‘grey skirt’


I :heart: gabardine

February 4, 2010

So I was originally planning to make my Vogue 7937 skirt out of the same red silk as the sleeveless button feature blouse, but I ran out of fabric so I turn instead to the grey wool gabardine that is fast becoming the base fabric for my SWAP. This does not bother me as I seem to be falling in love with gabardine. I love its structure and warmth and how easy it seems to be to work with… thus far. I’m also looking forward to wearing more wool at work because my office is freezing cold and the added warmth of the fabric more than makes up for the shock I will get every time I touch a door knob.

grey gabardine skirt

This is the skirt. Because I have short legs and large muscular thighs (and calves) I tend to make my skirts either knee length or ankle length. Anything else cuts me off and makes me look stockier than I am.

The only real change I made to the pattern was to alter it to sit on my hips rather than at my real waist. This is partly because I prefer to wear pants and skirts on my hips and partly because I forgot that all patterns are designed for people with longer legs than I have. When I first tried the skirt on, it ended halfway to my ankles and that was not a good look for me… or for the skirt.back of skirt

 I made View C which is one of the versions that flares out around the knees at the back, and this is my favourite part of the skirt. I like the way it follows my curves (they’ve gotta be good for something) and adds a little bit of sex appeal to what is otherwise a simple, modest, pencil skirt. It should work just fine with any of the SWAP tops as well as with most of the tops and sweaters currently in my wardrobe.

skirt lining

I lined the skirt with some of the silk I received in a mystery silk bundle from Fabricmart. While I loved the colours when I received the bundle, I had no real idea what to do with this one, there wasn’t much of it and I’m just not daring enough to wear anything that is covered in corks as this fabric is… but I love it as a lining.

On a note unrelated to sewing, we have found a new apartment and are moving in slowly over the course of the next month. I shall miss my 21st floor view but I’m looking forward to a shorter commute to work and a less intrusive landlord. Hopefully, once we’ve moved in, I will have more time for sewing… and hopefully we won’t have to move again soon. It’s difficult to be nomadic when you have a swiftly growing stash.