Friday, February 25, 2011
Wool Pencil Skirt Refashion: Simple yet Eminently Wearable (S.E.W.)
(I keep forgetting to take "before" photos!) So this started out as a thrifted back vent pencil skirt that was 6" too long and 6" too wide. But I loved the mini chevron pattern and the classic black and white palette. It was a nice heavy wool and had a fun little detailing in the back:
As with so many refashions, this involved a bit of improvisation. At first I just chopped off the skirt right above the back vent, so as to preserve the back detailing (the other option was to recut the skirt from the bottom to preserve the hem), and then took in the sides, but that made a skirt so short that I would be embarrassed to wear it to work. Granted, I've seen plenty of women walking around in skirts that short, but it's just not me. So I chopped a couple inches off the remaining bottom portion and turned it around so that the vent overlapped to one side, then used narrow bias binding to cover the raw edge (and as decorative trim). Tada! As often happens with refashions, Version 2.0 is infinitely better than what I originally had in mind!
Usually when I refashion pencil skirts into smaller pencil skirts, I recut the skirt and lining separately ... but this time I thought I'd try treating them as one piece of fabric (to save myself time, hehehe). You can see that I used narrow bias binding to finish the raw edges, and then hem tape to cover the raw edge where the two skirt portions overlapped. I love being able to pick out a complementary color for interior detailing if I so choose. Ah handmade, you are so good!
It's a simple looking refashion, but it actually took me awhile to complete! I like that the result is one-of-a-kind, but "simple" enough that it could be worn weekly and you wouldn't reeeeeeally notice. Simple, yet Eminently Wearable. I'll be applying the S.E.W. criteria to future refashions to see how they stack up!