Really, I'm thrilled, as the quality of my regular and sewing life will improve ten fold with this move: my commute will drop from over an hour each way to ten minutes (more sewing time!), I will finally have a dishwasher (more sewing time!), a washer/dryer (easy preshinking!), and a dedicated sewing room (self-explanatory). The appraisal was yesterday, and now we are waiting to set a closing date with the mortgage lender. So if my posting is a little spotty over the rest of the summer, my apologies ahead of time.
While I've been away for a few weeks, I have the most exciting project to show you (are you getting my e-sarcasm?): a beige pencil skirt. Wah wah. It is a terribly boring garment, but as well all know, these utilitarian pieces are wear twice-a-week, wardrobe staples.
The pattern is from the Burda March 2011 issue. The pleats in place of darts add a bit of interest beyond the usual pencil skirt.
I wore the skirt to work yesterday with a JCrew knit cardigan and S2599,
one of my favorite homespun pieces. The glasses are the Japhy by Warby Parker.
I'm proud of the finishing I did on this garment: following instructions in Marcy Titlton's Easy Guide to Sewing Skirts, I added a French vent in place of the slit (which I've read don't hold up well).
I'm officially a Burda devotee: this skirt solved a long-standing issue I've had with the Big 4 patterns: skirt dumpy butt (such an elegant description, no?). Have you experienced this? I feel that the backs of the Big 4 skirt patterns are shaped too wide, and don't curve in to hug a woman's shape. But this Burda skirt cuts in under the bum and mimics RTW skirts in a way that the Big 4 don't. Burda, j'taime. Thank you to you readers who suggested that I move on to Burda. I'm so glad that I did.