Here it is, my second project from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing. I love this pencil skirt, I love how it fits, and I love that when I put my arms up, I look like a safety cone. For this classic skirt I used some orange wool with a nubby texture and matching rayon bemberg lining. This is another great pattern from Gertie's book. I cut a size 10 and amazingly it did not require any fitting, just a lot of hemming, it wasn't so flattering practically hitting my ankle bone.
Once again I followed all the instructions carefully, and had amazing results. I even added spiral steel boning to the waistband, something I would skip normally. I am really glad I took this extra step, the waistband has structure, and it is surprisingly comfortable. The hardest part is cutting the boning to size, I always struggle with it, so my husband did it for me. I can never get the caps to stay on!
I think all these extra vintage sewing tips really make a difference in the final product for me. I am taking my time, hand stitching, and the results are fantastic. I can't decide what to make next from this gem of a book, I think the wiggle dress, or maybe the shirtwaist dress...
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