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?

Comments

  1. Love pencil skirts! This fabric is particularly awesome. I saw the chiffon version on the weekend at a meet-up in Brisbane - it is really lovely, I liked it much more than the Named version.

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  2. Gorgeous. Beautiful fabric and an amazing fit!

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  3. Ah! Named Patterns are the best! I really love the fabric you used for this skirt (that peek of yellow silk is fantastic!) and it looks like it fits you perfectly! I've just finished tweaking a pencil skirt pattern too (Burda magazine instead though) and I totally agree that they are a perfect addition to any wardrobe.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous! I hadn't picked up on the 9 panels and double vent feature when browsing the new collection and now I'm in love! I also love that fabric! It almost looks like velvet! Stunning project

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  5. Beautiful! brilliant choice of fabric ... love the way the painterly print combines with the geometry of the panels. That peek of yellow is such a nice touch.

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  6. Oooh, what a lovely creation! I thought it was velvet from looking at the first photo - and then smiled when I clicked the link and saw it was described as velvet look :) Either way, it's a spectacular fabric and I adore the little peep of yellow :) I just bought my first nani iro fabric the other day (still waiting for it to arrive). The fit and cut of the skirt on you is divine - love it.

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  7. This is just fantastic. Awesome fabric and such a great fit - and you can still run in it! Best skirt ever. :)

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  8. I love this! So surprisingly not velvet!!!

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  9. This is gorgeous, Inna! The fit is fantastic and that fabric looks so lush. Gotta love a perfect pencil skirt!

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  10. Wow! Your skirt is simply great on you. Wonderful fabric and shape. I actually don't like pencil skirts on myself at all - I think they're kind of uncomfy! But I know you're a fellow comfort-lover, so maybe I've just never had one that fit well :)

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  11. Gorgeous, Inna! It really does look a bit like velvet. I'm not a pencil skirt wearer because it just doesn't fit with my daily activities. Love it on you though.

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  12. Barbara Stitchingupparis2 April 2015 at 06:21

    What fabulous fabric!

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  13. Gorgeous! Great pairing with the fabric, it makes it very special. I've made pencil skirts but never really wore them, I find the m too restricting. A Dutch girl has got to be able to ride her bike! I wonder what made you go with this pattern. When I looked at it I just saw a lot of unnecessary seams. The chiffon overlay could be fun though.

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  14. I love the panels, such a great detail idea and a way for size manoeuvring! Your version looks great, that fabric is so interesting and so much is going on when you look at it from different angles. I think it would also be interesting to use some one-colour plain fabric and add the overstitching on all seams. *^v^*
    I'd wear it with a top and a cropped cardigan or a short jeans jacket.

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  15. So pretty!! I love love love De Gilles, I could spend a month salary in one trip there...

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  16. Wow, in the line drawing I was just seeing the panels as an opportunity for a double vent but clearly they are primarily about fit. I love the hip shape in Named, very eager to try this one now, even though it didn't make my initial list. Lovely fabric and color.

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  17. The fabric is so perfect for the skirt and the fit looks spot on. I can't believe that it has so many panels, that has turned me off a bit, but you've made them work beautifully to create a spot on fit.
    Aaah de Gilles. You really need to buy it!

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  18. idaaidasewing.wordpress.com2 April 2015 at 23:51

    This fabric is fabulous and you have achieved the perfect fit. All these panels guarantee a well fitted skirt and plenty design variations. I imagine it in different tectures.......

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