Pencil skirts have always had a place in my wardrobe & a new one was in order for the Simplicity meet up. With my plan of wearing more colour I fell for this stretch cotton from Stone Fabrics earlier in the year then thought about what I could make With it for a little to long…. only a remnant was left when I returned. Luckily it was just enough to squeeze in the pattern pieces for the wiggle skirt from the Love Sewing Mag.
Transferring the pattern markings onto the wrong side using dressmakers carbon paper & a tracing wheel gave me a clear line to sew the darts. By stitching the last few stitches close to the edge & leaving the ends free (not back stitching) to knot loosely gives the dart a smooth flat finish when pressed.
Side seams sewn & waistband added it was time for the zip. I haven’t got a concealed zipper foot yet so had to use my piping foot, it’s a bit fiddly but gets the stitching close. Marking the seam line I pin the zip along it then I tend to sew down each side twice, getting the second row of stitches even closer to the teeth. Once the zip was in the rest of the back seam could be sewn.
To finish off the waistband was folded in half & stitched into place from the right side carefully following the seamline. Finally the hemline turned, pressed & stitched.
I love this pattern, it’s a relatively quick make & a great shape. I did find it generous in size & ended up making a size smaller than my measurements suggested I should, but then I do like these style of skirts to be reasonably snug & my fabric did have stretch😊