(Belated) January Monthly Stitch: Lapped Zipper

Oh, this skirt. It started off so, so well. I was so excited to have a skirt to post to the Monthly Stitch Collective. And on time!

This month’s theme was “New Year, New Skill”. My primary new skill with this skirt was to install a lapped zipper, which turned out okay.

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My problem was that when everything was said and done, I nicked a small hole in the center front of the skirt. Ugh. More on that after the pics.

Quick aside: Have you guys heard of Scruffy Badger? Well, she’s awesome. I discovered her via Tasia’s blog, when she posted a bunch of Renfrew tops with wigs. I am ashamed that as a cosplayer, I did not think of this. So have some pencil skirt with my Rogue wig and corset. Because why not? (Corset by Castle Corsetry, BTW. I absolutely love this thing)

So... pretty sure I just figured out what I'm wearing to the Nerdlesque show at All-Con.
So… pretty sure I just figured out what I’m wearing to the Nerdlesque show at All-Con.
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Back view.

The Basics: 

Pattern: Pencil skirt from Gertie’s first book

Fabric: 1 1/8 yds of grey Italian grey wool suiting blend. It’s the same stuff as my Cambie work dress.

Alterations: A few fit alterations and added horizontal pleats, inspired by Colette’s Pastille dress.

Time: I honestly have no clue. Those pleats took freaking forever.

Notions: Zipper, button, bias tape

Make it again? Yes, though I think I’ll go for a bold color. I’d love to try some of the alterations mentioned in the book, like lining it and adding boning to the waistband.

Favorite parts: Overall fit, the waistband, and the pleats.

Other thoughts:

After I had a minor freak out upon discovering the nicked spot on the front of the skirt, I decided to iron some interfacing over the hole and add horizontal pleats (inspired by Colette’s Pastille dress).

By the way, thank you everyone for the wonderful ideas! I thought that adding the pleats would be the easiest and most time efficient options. Ha! Oops. The Pastille dress is actually on my to-make list, so I’ll keep that in mind when I do get around to making it.

I like the overall look of the pleats (even if they took a million years), but it brought the skirt up a little shorter than I would have liked. Still work appropriate, but I don’t think the super high waistband really works as well. More than likely I’ll wear tops untucked with this skirt.

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Close up of the pleats. My apartment has terrible overhead lighting. Sorry.

The back also looks a little odd. The Pastille dress has an invisible zipper and no slit as far as I can tell. I’m decided to just tack it down and move on with life. I’ll have to see how much it bugs me when I wear it to work. On to the next challenge: trousers!

HELP! Pencil skirt crisis

All right, I need some help, guys. I’ve been working on a pencil skirt from Gertie’s book for my Monthly Stitch project (my new skill for the month is inserting a lapped zipper). I love this skirt (I finished it over the weekend), but I have one problem: somewhere along the way, I nicked a tiny hole in the front center of the skirt about 6″ from the bottom of the hem. I need some help on how to fix this, because I can’t stomach the idea of tossing this project.

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Out! Out damned spot!

I have two ideas on how to fix this so far:

  1. Cut the length off and make a shorter skirt. Doable, but not quite what I’m going for.
  2. Use a contrasting fabric below the nick. I have some black fabric that might be a possibility.
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Original length for reference. It falls about 2″ below the knees.

What are your thoughts?

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With contrasting fabric. I’m not entirely sure what this fabric is, but it feels like some sort of poly blend.
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Contrasting fabric full-length view.
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Rolled to just below the nicked spot. It’s still an okay length for work, but I’d definitely have to wear tights or leggings.

Gah, I hate making stupid mistakes. Any other suggestions are welcome.

P.S. Just a heads-up, but I’ll likely be changing the name of this blog within the next few weeks. I’m just waiting on a few things to go through before I make the switch.