Seriously guys, I think I may be getting to the point where denim is legitimately taking over my wardrobe.
Like some sort of zombie apocalypse.
But with denim.
But, this time I really think I’ve got on something good. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone and created the perfect lady-like skirt, for non-lady-like people (like me!) There’s thick, stretchy black denim. Leather (type) buttons. And some pretty sweet pencil skirt shapes.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
A few weeks ago was super lucky to be given an advanced copy of Sew Over It’s newest venture – My City Break Capsule Wardrobe – an eBook of 5 covetable capsule wardrobe patterns. I mean this eBook pretty much ticks all my boxes: sewing. Capsule Wardrobes. Travel.
While getting an advanced copy probably makes me probably a smidge biased, I can honestly say I would have bought this anyway. I mean, did I mention all those boxes that were ticked?
I’m pretty much solidly a fan of all of the patterns (a shirt/shirt dress, jeans, pencil skirt, knit top/shift dress, and coat) I was particularly swayed by this particular pattern – the Erin skirt. Something about it (and the quickness/easiness) of the make just called to me.
The Erin is a pencil skirt with slanted side pockets and buttons down the front. There’s two length options – either knee length or a below the knee. The plan was to sew it up over a weekend and get to wearing it as soon as humanly possible.
I was really impressed with the PDF. I use a lot of PDF patterns (so quick, so cheap!) but they don’t always come together quickly or easily. But this came together really well and the drafting was spot on.
I was really tempted to make this up in navy denim, but after seeing a few of these crop up (especially Gabby’s totally lovable version) I decided to veer off on a different direction.
Instead I used a black stretch denim I picked up at Saeeds in Walthamstow, which ended up being a pretty darn near perfect match for this. It’s not a perfect black denim – it’s quite slubby and textured, but I think that kinda works well with the structure of the skirt.
The denim has a nice heaviness to it, so I can tuck tops into it without all sorts of lumps and bumps appearing. But it’s also got a really decent amount of stretch, so I can run around without restriction.
How it all went
I made the longer length perfectly expecting I would want to shorten this puppy after I’d seen it on, but I actually surprised myself and kinda fell in love with this over-the-knee length. It just feels a lot more versatile than a shorter version. Plus in the stretchy denim it doesn’t feel restrictive (which I guess a non-stretchy version might be).
I fell just shy of the size 8 finished measurements, but considering this was stretch fabric I decided to stay on the small size. It worked out perfectly, but if I were using a non-stretch fabric I’d definitely would have had to go with a 10. The sizes run true to the chart.
I did interface the button band just incase the stretch denim didn’t take too kindly to buttons and button holes. I’m not sure I needed to do it, but I’m glad I did. It would have been pretty tricky to add in afterwards!
This sewed up really quickly and without any hassle. the instructions were great and all the notches and pieces slotted together really nicely.
I also found some great 70s-esque buttons (from Hobbycraft of all places – who knew that place has all the buttons?) that are really not helping me stay away from the 70s revival going on, but I’m just going to jump in there and declare A/W 2016 the 70s season.
I love how it all came out and wore it out for a birthday lunch literally seconds after it was finished.
I’m really tempted to try one of the other patterns in the eBook based on how well drafted this skirt was and how easy the whole thing came together. I’m thinking the Lola coat or the Alex shirt, but there seems to be A LOT of love for the Molly top, so I may just need to try that next.
What about you, have you made anything from the eBook – or seen any tasty makes that are inspiring you?
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern for this make was kindly provided by Sew Over It (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.