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Selfish Sewing Week Guest Blogger: Thread Riding Hood

By Sherri from Thread Riding Hood

Hi! I’m Sherri, a proudly-Canadian sewer. I love creating beautiful projects from beautiful fabric. Come for a visit at

Fall 2015 Selfish Sewing Week | Sherri from Thread Riding Hood

Hi! My name is Sherri and I share my sewing creations over on Thread Riding Hood. I'm so pleased to be able to talk about my Selfish Sewing Week project here on Indiesew today. Happy Monday to you! What do you plan to make this week?

Pleated Pencil Skirt | Sewn by Sherri of Thread Riding Hood

Pleated Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern by Delia Creates

Selfish Sewing Week hosted by Indiesew | Pleated Pencil Skirt

This Fall, Selfish Sewing Week is divided into themes and Monday's theme is Corporate. I'm happy to say that the Pleated Pencil Skirt I sewed up is a great basic that will have you off to the office in no time flat. It honestly took only about 3 hours to make, cutting included!

My two jobs - blogging and being a mom - don't really require office wear. (Imagine playing with children at the park in a pencil skirt and heels!) But I did pick this theme for a reason, because my lack of a "real job" also leaves me with a lack of clothing for important functions. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I don't even own a good pair of black pants. Yikes! My goal in choosing this look was to make something I could wear to attend dressy or important functions.

Selfish Sewing Week Guest Blogger | Thread Riding Hood

The Pleated Pencil Skirt is such a great staple pattern. This skirt is the perfect basic - a lined, high-waisted, knee length skirt with a kick pleat. I made mine out of suiting fabric with a lovely black and white weave. It has worn well so far, and doesn't wrinkle. Though, I am annoyed at my newbie mistake of wearing the skirt to the photo shoot. I sat on the kick pleat and created two huge creases, argh. That'll be the last time I wear a project in the car - I'll have to start changing when I get there! #bloggerproblems

It was great to find out that this pattern sews up fast. I was a bit scared off by the mention of a lining AND an invisible zipper - but honestly, it was clearly explained and easily done - I shouldn't have worried! The mixture of photos and illustrations help explain the instructions well, throughout the pattern. The only thing I would add, is that it would be a good idea to baste the side seam and invisible zipper into the outer and try it on for fit. This way you can take out any excess fabric (if needed), before properly sewing it all together. | Pleated Pencil Skirt sewn by Thread Riding Hood

I didn't make any major changes to the pattern, save straightening the hip curve a bit. I found the suiting fabric wasn't stiff enough to handle the extra ease and still lie flat, so it was sagging on the sides under the hip area. I made a size 10 through the waist, that curved down to a size 8 jut under the hips and back to a 10 at the hem. Sounds complicated, but really I just drew a straight-ish line from the hips to the hemline. Turns out I think I could have left a bit more ease in it, but fitting a sweater underneath could have had something to do with the tighter fit too!

If I was making this pencil skirt again, I would add belt loops and a skinny belt, the waistband is the perfect width for a 3/4" belt. I'd also sew up the Biscayne Blouse or Mercer Tunic I didn't have time to make this go-round. I've been crushing on both of them for a while and they would be perfect with this skirt. I guess that would require also finding a good sweater pattern - since the temperature is unpredictable this time of year. Maybe I've got the rest of this week's projects planned then?!

Thread Riding Hood | Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates

Many thanks to Indiesew for letting me talk about my new skirt and get a jump-start on Selfish Sewing Week. I'm so glad to have been here!

Indiesew provided me the Pleated Pencil Skirt sewing pattern as part of Selfish Sewing Week, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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