// An office skirt in the wild. While this skirt was born an office skirt, it feels quite at home among the trees too as you can see. I took it for a countryside walk on a Sunday for a test-drive of sorts. Climbing hills proved a bit hard, resulting in bit of a duck-like gait. Well. (I wore it to the office the following day & it held up fine there too.)
Pictures by Els
I have a feeling there will be many other versions of this skirt. It has the simplest lines & will probably work with a lot of different fabrics (I see a pinstriped version in the near future). Apart from the back split, it is also the simplest skirt to make. I'd never done a lined back split before, so a bit of research (read: Youtube'ing) was in order. I ultimately found a tutorial which explained it all very clearly, so that was sorted. Well, not exactly sorted. Let's just say the seam ripper made a repeat performance. It all worked out in the end though.
Another first was making muslin before starting on the actual fabric. I get the feeling that a lot of sewists make a muslin of a pattern first, I hardly ever do that for something as seemingly simple as a skirt. A lot of my past projects turned out fine but without a good fit as a result. So I decided to give the muslin a go for this skirt. Just to see whether it worked. I have to admit the extra time put in definitely paid off: there were hardly any alterations to be made after sewing up the actual skirt! Win-win.
The only trouble I had was that after after attaching the lining to the shell, the lining turned out to be a bit to small for the shell, resulting in a bunched up split. Not pretty. After letting out the lining a bit around the zipper, there's no bunching no more. Rookie mistake, I think. I drafted the lining myself (or more like copied the skirt's shell), so maybe should have added a bit more give.
By the way: can you believe the inspiration for this skirt was this skirt? Must be the fabric, there's nothing flared to the end product at all. I might make a flared version this summer though, maybe using Colette's Zinnia pattern in a flowy fabric?
Pattern 117 03/2013 from BurdaStyle magazine
Size EU 42
Fabric wool plaid and a dark blue bemberg silk (lining), both from De Boerenbonthal
Notions apart from the zipper just the regular needle, thread & interfacing
Alterations/Changes I added a lining using the same pattern as the shell and interfaced the waistband. The zipper was originally to the side, but side-zippers aren't my thing, so the zipper is now center-back.