Making a pencil skirt sloper
Have you EVER owned a pencil skirt that fit you properly? I find the ready to wear either gape in the waist, or are too tight across the hip or thigh or the darts aren’t right. I guess perhaps my waist to hip ratio does not match the ideal hourglass figure. Neither is my widest point in the regular hip – I am a true pear with my thighs wider than my hips.
Now that I can sew (a little) I thought it was about time I tried to rectify this with my own pencil skirt. But buying a pattern would not solve the problems and would require so many alterations and I don’t know how to do this to get a good fit. So drafting my own pattern from scratch seemed to be the way to go.
I found a brilliant description of how to take your measurements and draft a pencil skirt basic pattern sloper here.
It starts with photos of how and where to measure and takes you step by step through constructing your very own pattern for a skirt based on your own measurements. There are recommendations for ‘ease’ so that the skirt isn’t skin tight! It took me a couple of hours after I went wrong once and had to start again, but at the end I had a pattern all of my very own.
So I carefully cut and marked my skirt, stitched the darts, and pinned for a first fit. Not bad ! But hard to really tell without sewing it all together. Ah – and it was here I forgot that I was running before I could walk, and of course a pencil skirt in a woven fabric needs a zipper – and I don’t have a zipper foot and can’t buy one here in the Cayman Islands. Damn it.
So, the pattern and the fabric has been carefully folded and labelled and put away in a zip loc bag ready for the heavenly day I can continue on these ‘zipper needed’ projects. One day (soon) I’ll return to this project and reference this post and hope to show my perfectly fitting pencil skirt.