Bias printed pencil skirt

Bias printed plaid knit fabric made up into a vintage-style pencil skirt

Plaid pencil skirt

The other day I posted my Bias printed circle skirt post – well there was a little bit of material left over from cutting the skirt, so I also cut a pencil skirt from the same fabric! This is pretty much exactly the same as the black and white pinstripe pencil skirt I posted earlier, but with a sewn-on elastic waistband, instead of a fold over elastic waist.

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Bias printed circle skirt – HSF November

A long plaid bias skirt inspired by an Edwardian Historical Sew Monthly challenge for the November 2017 challenge - Inspiration.

Long Edwardian-inspired bias plaid skirt

November’s Historical Sew Monthly (Fortnightly) theme is Inspiration – taking a look at what other members have made over the past several years and using it as inspiration for our own project. In my initial brainstorming post, I had a number of thoughts about inspiration, but as the deadline got closer and closer (and I’ve missed so many themes this year!) I was drawn to something more practical for every-day…

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Black and white pinstripe skirt

I made myself a new pencil skirt from black and white pinstripe knit. Really simple construction for a fast afternoon project.

new black and white pencil skirt

While I was cleaning up in my sewing space not long ago, I started two bags of fabrics for mundane, ordinary, everyday clothing (instead of costumes). One bag was labeled “pencil skirts” and the other “circle skirts”. My hope was to cut out a few skirts at one time, and then sew them up, assembly-line style.

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Leggings & shorts

One of the bars I go to occasionally has dance nights, and one of the themes I’ve seen come up a few times have been 80s nights… Well, I don’t really have a lot of 80s-style clothing, so I wanted to use some of the snakeskin knit that my former teacher gave me to make some leggings.

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Camo knit dress

Camo knit dress (selfie stick)

Camo knit dress (selfie stick)

A few days ago I posted my new snakeskin print knit dress… but it was just a mock-up for the dress I wanted to make – a camouflage dress using knit fabric.

I also downloaded Prisma for my new Samsung phone… and have been having fun with it!

camo dress close up on the lacing

camo dress close up on the lacing (another selfie-stick photo…)

The fabric was from Fabricland, originally $20/meter, but I bought it at 70% off.  It’s not a high-quality knit at all… so I wasn’t going to spend much money on it.  I bought 3 meters, but with tight piecing used about a meter to make the dress. That means I still have about 2 more meters to make something else with…..maybe a longer dress? Maybe leggings?

I made this for a special event at the end of July…. though these are the only photos I have of it so far – maybe more will come later! Follow me on Instagram where I’ll show off if I do!