Making another Pencil skirt – for the Roland Mouret Squiggle suit
To match my Roland Mouret Kimono jacket I wanted to make a plain skirt that would co-ordinate with it, but might also work with my Fuchsia and navy jackets.
I like a pencil skirt although with my shaped figure (small waist, larger hips) it is difficult to buy one off-the-peg. So here is my grown-on waist pencil skirt in the longer length, with the adaptation for a small waist (13 inch difference). My dress stand’s hips are smaller than mind so you can see the skirt drooping at the sides. It doesn’t do this on me!
I have made this pattern into a PDF downloadable pattern as I use it rather a lot and thought this would be convenient. It was a fun experiment to down load and sellotape my own pattern, but I am pleased to say it worked really well. I made this skirt with a pleat at the hem rather than a split as this is more of a tailored, lined skirt. You can see the hem pleat on this side view picture.
You can also see that the pattern matching is OK – obviously the skirt is quite curved so it is not a perfect match, but it blends together quite well.
And here is the skirt with the jacket. It is a nice, light weight spring suit. It is not a faithful copy of the original, but it echoes it in a small way. My short-sleeved jacket is designed to be worn over a jumper or blouse. But it occurred to me that, as it is fairly close-fitting, I could wear it next to the skin and with the skirt it would look more like a dress. Also, thinking of the theme of the SWAP – to have garments that can be something else – I thought sleeveless it might work as a waistcoat under a jacket. So I have been thinking of taking the sleeves off, to give it a more streamlined look – at the moment Camilla has got it on and I am thinking of making the alteration – I do like bare arms. What do you think?
Here we have a nice combination.