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Jean Pencil Skirt Pattern drafted by ME!


My jeans skirt is finished, and I am so pleased with the results. I used my skirt sloper to lay out the pattern. This sloper was developed with the Craftsy class with Suzy Furrer. It is a course I highly recommend, if you are interested in drafting your own patterns and adding details.

The reason why I have gone to drafting patterns is that I really am conscious of how I want the clothes to fit my body, which like all bodies, has a few fitting challenges. As I age "gracefully", I notice certain areas which are flatter, and some that have 'bloomed'! What's with that?

However, I have good health, a wonderful life with a terrific husband, three smart, kind kids, a terrific son-in-law and a beautiful grandson, who is two years old, today!

So, this skirt fits very well.

I received the jeans fabric from my friend, Diana and I bought the cotton contrasting fabric from Fabricville. The denim was also used when I made my son-in-law's manly apron to match my grandson's tool belt. (I should post those, now that they have been given as gifts!)
 I drew up a pencil skirt that only came in 1/2 inch rather than 1 inch, which Suzy demonstrates. I added an accordian pleat in the back with a different fabric, as this jean material is quite heavy, and I wanted to play around with a contrasting color.

I added the pockets, which Suzy Furrer demonstrates in the class, and used the contrasting fabric to reduce bulk.

The fly zipper is the first one that I have installed, and I watched Kathy Ruddy's Craftsy course, One Pattern, Many Looks. Again, Craftsy has provided a top notch teacher, who makes you believe that you can produce beautiful clothes that fit.

As an aside, I signed up to go to CreativFestival in Mississauga, Ontario in April, where Kathy Ruddy is teaching a number of FREE workshops. She is so personable. I feel like she is sitting beside me, which she is because I play her class while I am sewing. She has excellent tips, and is so down to earth.


 I thought I'd show you the inside of my skirt.You can see the zipper shield, the pocket bags, and the use of the selvedge on the hem.

My sewing buddy, Karen was generous enough to lend me her Janome Memory Craft 6500 to use while she was in Florida. I have named her Genevieve (pronounce it the French way---plus chic!) She has purred along, every stitch of the way.

I also used my serger, having had the knife recently replaced after half of it flew off in a sewing mishap.
Here are two details of the fly front zipper, and the belt loops. (The belt loops were also guided by Kathy Ruddy's teaching.) Once again, I have received the benefit of the incredible kindness and skills of my sewing friends. When I want to rush through something and get it done, I think of Diana of Sewing Passionista, who has taught me to look at the inside of the garment and make it look beautiful, too. If you ever want to make friends, take up sewing!
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