It feels like it’s been ages since I last posted about my sewing antics. Whew, it’s been a busy start to the year! Plus I have had an obstacle on the sewing machine front – my naughty dog Poppy has chewed the lead and now it is broken! It’s a good thing we have over thirty machines at the shop…
A few weeks ago we were really excited to release our Ultimate Pencil Skirt kit. So many of you seem to love it and it has been really popular. It’s made me very happy to see the kits flying off the shelves. I can’t wait to see those tartan lovelies on you all!
After such a positive response, we thought why not release it as a pattern on its own? As some of you live very far away and postage can get expensive when sending abroad, we decided to release it as a PDF so anyone could download it with a few clicks!
When I was designing the classes for Sew Over It I always wanted a pencil skirt course in there. I thought long and hard about the shape and cut of the skirt, as I wanted something that would flatter loads of figures and make our customers feel good when they wore it. With a super high waist, figure skimming cut and kick pleat, the Ultimate Pencil Skirt was the result, and since the class launched I have made so many versions for myself. I love it!
To celebrate the launch of the PDF pattern, I thought I would show you a few. (And as a bonus you get a tour of the streets of Clapham North!)
My first one is made from a stretch wool that I bought from the Cloth House last year.
I also bought a lovely jersey in a matching colour to make a top, using the Ultimate Shift dress pattern. As much as I love a long, knee-length pencil skirt, I have shortened my pattern a little bit – I do so much running around after Poppy that sometimes practicality has to win!
This is made out of similar black stretch wool.
I’m wearing it with my (completely unseasonal but still lovely) coat I made last year. Can’t wait for the weather to warm up!
I love this fabric!
It is so retro and because of the black, really easy to style. It is a stretch cotton – it makes up beautifully. It is the same weight as our new stretch cottons we have in the shop. I wore this one to see Jessie Ware at Brixton Academy the other day and I felt great!
My last one is a gorgeous pure wool.
I bought it from Ditto fabrics in Brighton over a year ago. It was from Italy and is a beautiful quality and so warm. I love wearing it.
Can’t wait to see your variations. Happy sewing! (And don’t forget to enter your makes into our #SOIshowoff competition – you might win some fabric!)