So, if you squint you might recognise this as the V1247 skirt. It’s been adjusted almost out of recognition. I got rid of the pockets, added three inches to the length, left out the waistband (thanks to Sunny Gal Studios for that idea) and added leather side panels. Keeping up?!
It also has an invisible zip insertion, is lined in navy crepe de chine with a grosgrain stiffener at the waist, and a hook and eye at the top of the zip. The darts became pleats in the lining.
Here’s a close up of those leather panels:
The leather was rescued from a leather pencil skirt that Handmade Jane kindly gifted me so that I could experiment with some leather sewing. Thank you so much, Jane! The wool is a dark, dark navy wool that I bought a year ago on our Edinburgh Sewing Meet Up. It was worth the wait to use this wool. It was just gorgeous to work with. So, black leather and navy wool. It works – it totally works! – but the navy is so dark that I can remember wondering if it was black when I saw it in the shop, so that detail may be key.
What I love about the navy/black combo of this skirt is that I can pair it with navy or black. I’m wearing it with the Breton Top that I made four months ago. The lovely silk scarf was bought for a meagre few pounds in a vintage clothing shop.
I’ll post separately with some of the construction details and my thoughts on leather. So, what do you think? If you went into a charity shop, bought a wool skirt and a leather skirt, you could totally make one of these for next to nothing!