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!