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A pencil skirt with two StyleArc tops

Basically this is a very easy skirt pattern. It has a high waist and a vent at the back. I made my sewing life a bit more difficult by using a new (to me) lining technique. This technique is described in a Threads article in the issue of August/September 2010 and has been on my (mental) “to try” list. I could have sworn it was published 1.5 to 2 years ago. I was hugely surprised it was from 2010.

Not my best pictures, it’s been a while since I used the self timer, must get the hang of it again.

Here it’s combined with the Marie jacket, actually the combination I’m wearing today. Bunny, I don’t know whether you can see it from the photos but indeed I’m not a petite. At 1.74 I’m 6 centimeters taller than the length BurdaStyle drafts for by default for example.

And with the Marni jacket. This was the combination I planned. The colors are not very good in the photo, but also otherwise I prefer the combination with the black above. Think it’s the combination of a wool with a ponte top that somehow is not right, or the style giving too much accent on my hips. Not exactly sure what is “wrong” but it’s just not combining as I thought it would. I’ve worn this peplum jacket on a pair of narrow pants which felt better.

I was asked in a comment how I attach the facing of the collar: I make a few hand stitches in the neckline seam to attach the facing to the body.

Some construction details for the skirt:

Petersham ribbon ironed in shape and attached to the facing of the skirt to prevent any stretch.

HongKong finish on the facing.

Excuse the wrinkles, I was wearing the skirt and then thought of making the photos. The lining is a sort of “bagging” technique where the lining is sewn to the hem and then turned up. You can only use this technique if you’re sure you don’t need to alter the side seams. After the waistband or waistband facing in my case is sewn, all seams are hidden.

The lining needed special redrafting around the vent area and for adding space of movement. It was all in the Threads article. It’s clever and very comfortable in wearing. It took me the better part of two evenings to draft and sew the lining to the skirt. I worked by the directions and using the default seam allowances mentioned. Next time I would properly mark all lines with basting thread, it would have made it easier to be accurate. That’s me probably, always preferring to work with the actual seam lines.


  1. I'm always looking for new to me techniques. I was just think about something like this th other day, but couldn't remember it. I will have to find that article.
    It looks great with this skirt.

  2. Nice skirt, I do like it very much.
    Perfect with the jackets.
    And - I sent to You an e-mail, not via MP, but direct to Your e-mail-box, hope You got it. Thank You again, dear Sigrid.

  3. Great skirt. The lining method looks interesting; I'll have to look it up.
    In the blue jacket, did you redraft the overlap since the original shows only one button? I like it this way.

  4. love that skirt fabric and I too will need to look up lining method. You're looking very slim in that skirt putting the rest of us to shame ha ha

  5. Lovely skirt, Sigrid. Pencil skirts are timeless classics that go with any outfit.

    I don't recall the lining method of which you speak, but I do remember a Thread's article that discussed how to create special lining pieces for vented skirts. If I can find the issue, I'll let you know.

  6. It's a beautiful skirt, dear Sigrid. Elegant, discreet and wonderful setting So. Lining technique you used is very interesting. Greetings from the Canary Islands and wishing you happy weekend.

  7. A pencil skirt is always a winner. Not are they figure flattering, they are easy to make. Adding the lining and ribbon inside guarantees that yours will last you a very long time. I really like both tops, but I believe the one with the peplum is my favorite. It really looks great on you... especially with the perfectly fitted pencil skirt. Looking forward to your next finished project. Happy stitching.

  8. Great job with the skirt, it looks wonderful on you! Really love the fabric and now I am curious about this lining technique that you described!

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  19. I'm sorry for the repeated comments, I don't know what happened to my browser :(

  20. Very nice skirt, Sigrid. I am definitely liking your lining technique and will go look it up in my Threads. Thanks.

  21. I actually like the blue combo but understand how you can be drawn to the black/black combo. Thanks for sharing the lining vent technique. I've been lazy with these linings and definitely plan to work on that this year. Love how you've already incorporated the technique!

  22. I love the boucle pencil skirt. Personally I like it both jackets. If you are worried about the blue looking too heavy, why not wear it open with a black or dark top under it.

  23. Great job with the skirt. I am going to look up that article about the lining. I like the black/black combo the best.


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