The Janelle Skirt from Style Sew Me!

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I love to see my fellow sewist step out and do their thing! So I was excited when Eryn Shields of Style Sew Me sent me her latest pattern release, the Janelle Skirt.
I'm a sucker for anything pencil skirt related, so I jumped all over this. I received a hardcopy and it came beautifully packaged with a step-by-step instruction booklet.
I've been sewing Big 4 patterns basically my entire life. So when I come face-to-face with an indie design, I'm always leary about the sizing. I never know what amount of ease a pattern will have and y'all know I'm never one for sewing a muslin. So I started with a large and hoped for the best!
Now, I wouldn't say this pattern has a lot of ease, but I did fall sort of in between sizes. I was a little bigger than the medium, but a little smaller than the large. I had a lot of waist room because my waist is significantly smaller than my hips. Easy alterations by just taking the sides before adding the waistband.
To create the thigh-bearing slit, the right front pattern piece overlaps the left front. Eryn suggested stitching down 10" from the top. But I went further down, about 15.5". I made mine less revealing because a high slit would limit this skirt to "after-5" happy hour/cocktail wear. And I really like this skirt and would love to have many options for reaching for it. And also, with that high slit which is sexy as hell for standing, not good for me sitting.
My fabric is a Black Wool Twill Suiting from Mood Fabrics.com. It's one of those lightweight wools that you can wear year round. And since I've been really into scalloped edges lately, I decided to create that effect on this skirt. I used a bright white jumbo ric rack trim. I'd seen a design house use a similar detail last spring and I've been wanting to incorporate this in a look. And since this skirt is so simple, the design possibilities are endless!
This pattern didn't suggest a lining. But based on the weight of my fabric, I needed one. I used Black Fine Viscose Voile also from Mood. And it feels amazing next to the skin! If I can find more, I would love for this to be my go to lining for spring/summer. And I finished my waistband with a bound edge.
And I used a 9" invisible center back zipper.
So really like this skirt! Way to go Eryn! It's a great design that makes a great wardrobe addition!

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30 comments

  1. Beautiful skirt inside and out!

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    1. Thank you Tomasa! It was fun to make!

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    2. HI Erica Please to a tutorial on that blouse your wearing I love it.
      Sandra

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    3. It's Vogue 9204 and the pattern instructions are really clear and concise! Thanks!

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  2. I love your styling and lining addition, as well! Thank you for "Werking" this pattern!

    ~Eryn

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    1. Thanks for a great pattern Eryn. It was fun!

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  3. The rick rack definitely elevated the styling of the skirt and black & white is so classic. Lovely outfit!

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  4. Oh I love it! The rick rack was a great addition. I love the way you styled the skirt with that top. Very beautiful!

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  5. I love your new hair cut!!

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  6. I totally agree this you can do wonders with this pattern. Love the rik-rac trim, I get scared of that trim but you pulled it off quite nicely & the look has class!

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  7. I just recently saw this pattern. Glad to see it sewn. Love the ricrac and you use it. As someone else this really raises the look of this to another level.

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  8. Spectacular! The slit really needed to be lowered as you've done. You've made it a much less casual skirt with your fabric choice and that really great rick rack.

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  9. I love the look with the large ric rack :)

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  10. Love your skirt!
    I would have sewn the slit shorter, like you did. Like you, I am very tall (6'2"), so I have to lengthen everything. Sometimes I sew a pencil skirt with a back slit and when I just add length to the hem, the slit is too open for me and I have to redo it.

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    1. And you have to always think about sitting and exiting a car. Thanks Kleiderschmiede!

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  11. i love your skirt! you are so talented! :)

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  12. What a stand out skirt Erica!!
    My mom (the 70's model on my blog) is a seamstress too!! I've learned so much from her about how clothing should fit!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. So cool to have a sewing mom! Thanks Jodie!

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  13. Lovely! You always sew pieces that goes beyond the pattern and inspires.

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  14. loving the skirt. you are rocking that hair cut lady!

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  15. Erica, you really did a great job with this skirt! I love the length and lowered split. The way you've designed it gives a very sophisticated, classic look. You look BEAUTIFUL! I'm so in love with your hair. Girl, you are just pretty! Those cheek bones are incredible.

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  16. Amazing job on this skirt, so creative using the Rik Rak you made own

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