The Pick Your Pockets Skirt is another find in the Learn to Sew With Lauren Book and is the latest on my sewing table for my winter wardrobe. I love the pocket options and have chosen the front facing pockets (I prefer these to the inseam pockets that can sometimes make me appear even more ‘hippier’ than I actually am)…even then I still cut out both pocket options, d’oh!
I made very good use of my voucher code from my Sewing Weekender goodie bag and ordered some beautiful black Melton Wool Blend from Guthrie & Ghani; the service from them was outstanding and my parcel was waiting for me when I got home the following day. After buying the fabric, it was then I thought about washing instructions…that’s right, after, not before (!!) Cue me washing a small 4 inch square piece to check a) that I could wash it without wrecking it and b) what the shrinkage was. Luckily for me (it would have been a bit late otherwise) it washed really well and there were mere millimetres of shrinkage so I can absolutely vouch for this fabric! What also struck me was the beautiful quality of the blend; I couldn’t wait to work with this fabric.
I’ve got to say I really enjoyed making this skirt – once you’re cut out, it’s pretty quick to construct and I love the pleat details. If you’re making your skirt from a heavier fabric like a wool, I would recommend cutting the inner yoke piece and inside pocket piece from a lighter cotton, lining fabric or similar, although it was still fine cut from wool (just a little bulkier). I’ve absolutely nailed an invisible zip (still riding the crest of the wave after my A Line Skirt win!) Rather than the recommended ‘sew the side seams then insert the zip’ I inserted the zip then sewed the side seams so I could be sure I perfected my zip. Because of this, you’ll notice I skipped adding the contrast piping I’d bought for this project, however I don’t think this detracts from the skirt.
Once finished I tried it on, thinking I might wear it for work the next day…it was far too big. There is a little give in the wool but even so, I think I’m erring on the side of caution every time I cut out; more often than not I have cut out too big and had to take makes in and this skirt was no different. One day I’ll start making toiles but for now, I unpicked the yoke slightly and took the skirt in to size it down.
I’d love a summer version and have been thinking through what fabric and colour/print I’d like to use; my only worry is that because it’s a shorter skirt, I’d be happier wearing this with opaque black tights so I may need to think about an autumn version in a cotton twill or baby cord.
If you like this post, you’ll love my other favourite work skirt, my Easy Jersey Pencil Skirt
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