This is possibly the longest I’ve ever taken to complete a single garment. It started when I pulled my sister-in-law’s name for our family secret santa. Hot off a pattern alteration course, I decided that I wanted to design the ultimate skirt for Gwen. Several paper drafts, fittings and two muslins later, I finally got to cut into that vintage wool. I’m quite proud of this skirt as it has many very intentional features that I designed with Gwen in mind.
- Classic, flattering silhouette. Gwen can wear this to work or for a nice dinner out and the classic A-line cut means it’s not going to go out of style.
- A facing instead of a waistband. This is for two reasons: a facing doesn’t add unnecessary bulk like a waistband does (especially in wool!) and it makes it super easy to take in our let out the skirt.
- Bias cut hip panels. I wanted to make sure that Gwen could actually move comfortably in this skirt, so I cut the fabric on the bias from waist to hip to get some sneaky stretch in there. I also wanted to pay with the stripes to add some subtle visual interest.
- The pleat-panel. As with the bias cut, I wanted to give Gwen lots of mobility so she could chase toddlers and not worry about flashing anyone. Instead of a slit, she got knife pleats in the back so she can run and bend over and know she’s not giving people behind her a show.
I can’t wait to see Gwen in it!