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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Zaria skirt!

Spring is in the air! I inhale it from the opened window in my bedroom first thing in the morning and when cycling through the city. I hear it with twittering of early birds. I feel it on my skin when the sun tries to peep out from behind the clouds. I see it through the way people dress. I see brighter colours in the crowd and more skin showing from under skirts. Looking at at different skirt styles, it seems to me that pencil skirt will never come out of fashion!



Who doesn’t like pencil skirts? Regardless the style of the clothes we like to wear daily, the pencil skirt is a staple in the many’s wardrobes: office workers, rock chicks, hipster, bohemian, you name it. A pencil skirt is like a pair of jeans: you always need one, don’t you think so?


I made the Zaria skirt using this fabulous fabric from my stash, Nani Iro Painting MUJI. This cotton-linen mix feels slightly rough to the touch but holds its shape nicely and does not wrinkle as much as linen or cotton. To add more structure to the skirt, I underlined it with silk organza. If you  have ever underlined a garment, you will understand my obsession with it. An extra layer of fabric gives your garment additional heaviness, makes it hang nicely while wearing, and it feels expensive and chic when holding it. The last added touch to the skirt was this pretty yellow silk bought at De Gilles in Paris.

The skirt consists of 9 panels and looks very modern, keeping a classic silhouette. Panels also make it relatively easy to alter and shape by following your natural curves. Two back slits add a little bit extra to it: a sexy design detail and space for movement. Although I cannot ride my bike wearing this skirt, I can run up and down the stairs and feel comfortable yet feminine in it.
Source: Named Patterns



After checking the size chart, I cut the muslin in the size 40 which, as it turned out, did not exactly match my body measurements. As a result, I reduced the waist by 3cm and increased the hip circumference by 1.5 cm. I also had to remove horizontal wrinkles, created as a result of reducing the width. All in all it took me only one evening to work on both the alteration and the second muslin, I distributed the actual sewing over two long evenings.


The Zaria skirt was a nice addition to my wardrobe. I pared it with t-shirts, the Netty bodysuit and the Dotty blouse, but my favourite look is probably the one with a top tucked in. I like the look and the feel of the skirt. If I have enough time in my disposal this summer, I would also like to make the variation with the chiffon layer on top. Alternatively, I could  sew the same version but shorten it by 5-7cm to feel even more liberated when walking.  

How would you wear it?