Well… I can’t tell you how grateful I am for being given a Sewing Dare to sew a pencil skirt because if I hadn’t been given the sewing dare I would have never thought to make myself a high waisted pencil skirt… yet alone one with boning in the waistband!
This is the finished result of my high waisted pencil skirt with boning… what do you think? I think I’ve pulled this look off and can wear it with pride
When I put this ensemble on and looked in the mirror I could hardly believe it was me… it was only 12mths ago that I was 25kgs heavier than I am now and would have never imagined myself wearing a pencil skirt yet alone one like this or even look like this wearing one. What about those shoes?? I just love them… especially as they have a little animal print and what a bargain they were marked down to $5 from Kmart!
I’m kinda hooked on animal print ever since Jungle January hosted by the gorgeous and super funny Anne from Pretty Grievances. Anne is now hosting a Spotted Carpet event where she’s showcasing many of the people who joined in on the wild animalistic fun and has even included little old me here
Anyway… back to this high waisted pencil skirt
I had initially planned on using this lining for the skirt but the lining ended up becoming the fashion fabric for first pencil skirt I made as my sewing dare and was a great way to test out the pattern I chose which was from Gerties New Book for Better Sewing by Gretchen Hirsch and included the pattern and the option for the high waist.
So after a change of plans I needed to find another fabric for the lining of the red skirt and I just happened to have this pretty red and white fabric in my stash which was a perfect match.
After sewing the lining it was time to get started on working on the waistband and the boning and I chose to use steel boning. I was a little nervous and excited all rolled into one as I’d never sewn anything using boning before yet alone steel boning… so armed with all my tools I set off to get started.
Here’s all the waistband pieces with interfacing and interlining all ready to go and ready for the boning…
Below is my set up and equipment for preparing and cutting the boning. It wasn’t easy cutting the boning, actually it’s a real pain to cut and to try and get it to the exact size I wanted was near mission impossible… I can tell you there was a lot of grunting and groaning going on as I squeezed and squished my hardest to cut and clip and crimp those little suckers together. I evenly spaced out all the boning pieces and pinned them into place on the back waistband piece which I had already added the fusible interfacing.
I added a thin layer of fusible wadding over the top of the boning once I had basted them into place to ensure the boning didn’t show through on the right side of the waist band… it actually worked out really well as you can’t see the boning at all from the right side even after pressing. This is what it looks like from the inside after the boning and all the pieces were sewn together, the lining attached, and the seams trimmed, clipped and notched.
This is what the waistband looks like from the inside. You can see it doesn’t look as smooth and pretty as the front due to the boning and batting that I added… but it sure does make a difference from the front as you can’t see any signs of any boning being added and I can’t feel the boning against me either (nicely padded). And how cute does that lining fabric look? Makes me feel like going to a tropical island and want to sip on cocktails while I’m wearing this.
Here’s a little sneaky peak under my skirt… no laughing at those sexy legs of mine… oh alright you can… I did LOL… and check out those shoes again!
Here’a a full view of my rear end… you’ve gotta see both sides as you just never know what’s going on from behind LOL
So there you go… my first high waisted pencil skirt including boning all completed and ready to wear.
Would I make another pencil skirt and use boning again? I definitely would and will be for sure
I’m actually drafting my own pencil skirt pattern for my Fearless February challenge… so there will definitely be another pencil skirt for sure.
I don’t think we could ever have too many of these skirts in our wardrobes… what do you reckon?