A couple of weeks ago, I made this basic pencil skirt block.
Now, as you will have noticed, I’m not really the corporate chic kinda girl, and you might have asked yourself why I bothered.
Well, the reason behind this was that I was hoping to be invited to a 2nd interview for a new job. My contract with my previous employer had come to an end, and to be perfectly honest, by that time I was ready to move on. The only fly in the ointment was that there are not a lot of jobs open right now in my field, and the few there were didn’t thrill me.
Now, that might sound incredibly spoiled and a tad snooty in times of recession, but I do believe that it’s a better deal for everybody involved if you like your work. 40 hours a week are simply too much time to be spent doing something you can’t draw satisfaction from.
Back to the pencil skirt … now, in my line of work, the dress code usually is “business casual”, heavily leaning towards casual – as long as you’ve covered your primary gender characteristics, you should be fine. But interviewing is a whole different affair, and it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution and let people know you’re willing to make the effort.
And a quick, inexpensive and easy make to achieve that – tadaaa, the pencil skirt.
So I bought some purple herringbone suiting and matching lining, and set about drafting a pattern.
Then it turned out that I didn’t have to go the the 2nd interview in person, and that the company I was talking to prided themselves in not having any dress code at all (which is not to be confused with not being dressed for work, mind you!). You see, they’re in Gibraltar, where it’s hot and sunny and sometimes really hot and super sunny. Suits just don’t make a lot of sense in that kind of climate.
So I started rethinking what kind of skirt I could make (since I had all the notions and such), and eventually settled for this as my inspiration:
Some hacking of my basic skirt block later, this was born:
I think it turned out well. The pocket flaps are fake, there are no real pockets, which is a bit of a bummer, and I’ve hence tried to wrap my head around how to include real pockets underneath, without a real result so far. Tips will be super welcome!
I have not used a waistband here, as I felt the look would be cleaner without, so instead I put a facing on the inside:
The zip is inserted as a lapped zipper – I should have known that wasn’t the smartest choice, as it’s a tad bulky due to the heavy-weight corduroy I used (leftovers from this jeans), but in itself it turned out beautifully:
But of course now I’m all over this, and really want to make this skirt:
Or maybe something with double-welt pockets.
Oh, and the job? I’ve got it, and I’ll be moving to Gibraltar by mid January. I am so excited – they have monkeys over there!!