The sun is shining today so I can take some pictures of my recent sewing. Here’s another combo of Kasia and Pendrell that I finished a couple of days ago. When I made this Kasia skirt for me, I wasn’t quite sure if I would be wearing it often. Turned out that the skirt has become one of my wardrobe staples that I reached often. I decided that it is time for another Kasia!
As before, I printed the pattern at 92% and used size 38. I love this method -instead of merely shortening the hem- because it makes the shape and details of the skirt more proportional to my petite body. And with this particular pattern, no fitting alteration is needed for my body!
I did make several design alterations though:
- Omitted the flap and pockets and kept the gathered side yoke for decorational purpose only.
- Changed the slits to back vent, using this helpful tutorial at A Fashionable Stitch. I really recommend this alteration as it makes the skirt looks better in my opinion.
- Shortened the hem to above my knee.
- Narrowed the hem by 2 cm on either side.
- Used invisible zipper on center back.
- Added Rigilene boning to the waistband facing. I didn’t use any interfacing because the fabric is stiff enough.
For the fabric, I was offered by Lisa from OnlineFabricStore to try out their animal print microsuede fabric. I got a $30 gift certificate for shopping and ended up choosing the microsuede in zebra pattern. The caption says ‘White Giraffe Microsuede’, although I’m quite sure that this is a zebra pattern.
The microsuede is actually home decor weight. As suggested in the fabric description, I pre-washed it in cold water and it indeed became suppler. I didn’t encounter any particular difficulties sewing the fabric using needle #14, the one I usually use for sewing bags or other thicker fabrics. No topstitching though because I didn’t like the way it ‘cut’ into the soft surface of the fabric.
The skirt definitely need lining because the wrong side of the microsuede is not as soft as the right side, I used blue rayon lining from my stash. The waistband facing and hem are finished with light blue seam binding. I love how the inside of the skirt is so bright and colorful!
The Pendrell Blouse is made with hot pink stretch charmeuse from the same store. I just love this pattern and it is so perfect paired with pencil skirt! The fabric has a bit of stretch in it so it is easier to put on and off. I used the matte side on the outside, which makes the shiny side against my body and it feels so comfortable.
Yesterday’s snow was exciting but I’m now really craving for Spring to come!
PS: Sidra has got a cold today so he stayed at home and ‘helped’ me with the photos.
Skirt pattern is Kasia, free PDF pattern by Burdastyle, size 38 shrunk by 92%. Fabric is microsuede in zebra pattern (100% polyester).
Blouses pattern is Pendrell Blouse by Sewaholic, size 2. Fabric is hot pink stretch charmeuse (97% Polyester, 3% Spandex).