I'm so happy to be participating in Faye's Carnival of Skirts sew-along this month! It was just the motivation I needed to get back to sewing some additions to my work wardrobe, since I wear skirts a lot. After seeing so many successful projects using Pamela's Magic Pencil Skirt pattern, I ordered one online along with her recommended elastic. Of course, I received my order *several* weeks (months??) ago, and it's been just sitting on my sewing table mocking me.
Per pattern instructions I used a stretch woven fabric, not sure where it came from....maybe Vogue Fabrics a year or two ago? It has quite a bit of stretch, with a weight similar to a stretch denim. The fabric is actually two-sided, with a shot of gold thread here and there (which fails to come across in the photo). Of course, I spent quite a bit of time last night trying to make up my mind which side of the fabric to use, and decided that the darker side with very little metallic thread visible would be more office appropriate.
Using the measurements on the pattern envelope, I cut out a size Large.....and that was the wrong choice. I ended up taking the skirt in twice, so now I'm at the size Medium. I'm sure the generous amount of stretch in this fabric helped, but still nice to know going forward. Also, I may peg the hemline a bit more next time. And I will be using this pattern again. Quick and easy, with a perfect pencil skirt silhouette. And I love the elastic waist, which looks like a waistband due to the streamlined cut resulting in a nice smooth waist and hip, without the usual "fullness" of an elastic waist.
Below are some pics with styling options....