A new skirt – size Sue!

This week in my pattern making class at Workspace-FADS I made a new block for a pencil skirt. I am always amused that, among the details written on the pattern, the size is written down as “Sue”.


The skirt is a classic pencil shape except that it tapers in slightly at the bottom, preventing the slightly boxy look that I often get with pencil skirts. I was supposed to leave vents in the side seams, but I forgot, but figured that the slight stretch in the fabric would mean that I would be able to walk; I was correct! The basic block came from Winifred Aldrich’s book “Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear” and this is the third block I have made using this book as the guide.


I used a small remnant of cotton/lycra jean weight fabric which I bought at Knitwit and which has been lurking in the stash for a fair old while.


It is probably a little longer than I would normally wear, but I think it looks a bit more elegant at this length.DSC05153

I added a couple of pockets which I bound with black bias binding to give a bit of contrast. I decided against in seam pockets as this skirt is quite fitted and I didn’t want the bulk at my hips.DSC05153

I used a facing at the waist instead of a waistband, which I bound with bias binding, and I also bound the hem with bias to help it lay flat.DSC05159

Clearly this bit of sewing has exhausted me as I need the tree for support!

For those of you who are interested,

The details: Skirt is self drafted using the block from Winifred Aldrich. Fabric is cotton/lycra jeans fabric. Top is Bluegingerdoll Bonnie top made from a thick pure wool knit that Mark bought in Hobart (and which I haven’t blogged before). Ankle boots are Georgio Armani from Dimario Shoes, Subiaco.DSC05165


19 thoughts on “A new skirt – size Sue!

  1. How great to continue perfecting your sewing/drafting skills in class! The line of your skirt is impeccable and these pockets enhanced with black biais are just lovely. BTW, your shoes collection seems endless…

  2. Wow, the skirt is definitely a keeper, and the top looks very versatile too. Congratulations on Size Sue pencil skirt. I love the little circular pockets. 🙂

  3. The skirt, in fact your whole outfit looks so chic! I love the skirt fabric too, very cool. Your remark about being size Sue made me think of my latest project, which I marked with my initials; I was tempted to joke that CS stood for “Carolyn Sized” Perhaps I should have done so!

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