Wednesday, March 14, 2012

'Pimp my' pencil skirt

Readers, tell me, honestly, what do you think of pencil skirts. I love(d) them but I keep on thinking on how you can make them more special, how to add a personal touch that represents you as a character. For example, I am a lace addict, and, when in Mood, I spend most time at their lace remnants box. I got wonderful pieces there, readers... But back to pencil skirts! I always look for those nice details, such as lace, for example, to embellish pencil skirts. Or, forget lace! Add structural lines (=seams), pockets, plackets, trims.... and and and

I think the Fall 2012 Dolce & Gabbana collection demonstrated  a few creative ways to do exactly that - make a simple pencil skirt special, using construction lines, prints, and lace. Check it out yourself, here are my favorites (source: Stylebistro):

upholstery-style fabric is in again, and I am happy, because I have a beautiful one in my stash. I think this combination of lace and flower print is beautiful!

very cute lace - it has this three-dimensional effect that has some edginess because of the material used for this lace. I wonder what it is though... Anyway, with the right type of fabric, this is an easy project even for a beginner.

Instant upgrade for a 'boring' black pencil skirt - a vertical guipure lace panel. And, slimming! If you decide to use this effect, apply by hand and stabilize the panel by basting it with matching thread to the fashion fabric.

So simple, but the lace makes it so romantic. The jacket is underlined with organza, I believe, see the crispiness of it. I woudl underline the skirt as will, and experiment with nude and off-white colors for organza

Gorgeous! My absolute favourite! For a DIY be careful with the placement of the middle panel - it can be a key for how your hips look! On this skirt, it is placed just under the hip line. The top and the bottom portions are dramatic enough to shift the emphasis from the middle panel. And, at the end, if you are worried about widening your hips, skip the middle panel alltogether - it will still look beautiful (provided you have similarly dramatic scallops on your lace) As a true couture enthusiast I would question a straight seam that attaches the bottom lace panel to the fashion fabric, but it may be a design choice...
I love the combination of two different lace types on this skirt - not a quick project if you haven't got a piece that has the laces combined!

 Did you like these skirts, readers? Which one is your favourite?

22 comments:

  1. I love the last one too! Would love to try it. I also like the idea of the upholstery fabric, I have fabric I didn't know what to do with but I'm thinking it'd make for a nice pencil skirt. Thanks for sharing these!

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  2. I LOVE pencil skirts because to me they are always flattering and oh-so-versatile.  I think of them more as the backdrop and the rest of my outfit as the "statement".

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  3. I love #3 and #5!  So very tempted!

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  4. I love them all!  The vertical guipure lace panel is stunning on the black skirt, and since I wear pencil skirts all the time for work, that would be a look that I would love to try.  My personal fave is the first with all of its glorious colors *sigh* if only it would work in my office...

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  5. Your favorite is also mine. I do like the black skirt with the lace panel running down the front too.  I did just purchase some black lace overlay fabric at Parons in there sale room! so I'm super excited to incorporate it! I may use it in the on line couture dress sewing class with Susan Khalje!

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  6. Thanks so much for posting this!  I think my favorite is the one with the vertical guipure lace panel, but that may just be because it's the one I think I could pull off :)  And anything slimming is a bonus.

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  7. Pencil skirt is my go to pattern when is done in an hour .. Loved the idea to pimp it with so simple ideas xx

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  8. dragicap made by meMarch 15, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Fantastic! I love  that model - one of  reason is my figure. I love that personal identity on skirt .My favorite is black with verticac panel lace !

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  9. Mood has a lace remnants box?!?!?  Get outta town!

    I like the 3rd and 5th best - the two black ones that are not sheer.

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  10.  it must have been a well kept secret :-) they also have leather remnants box - great for patches and leather details!

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  11.  an hour??? you are very fast, Rachel! I spent couple of days on a pencil skirt with all the underlining, hand stitching  and silk-faced belts :-)

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  12.  yes, that was my second favorite, and that vertical panel does the trick.

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  13.  I love Paron's Annex too, but I have never seen lace there. AM going there tomorrow to get some wool crepe for a dress, they had lovely blue crepes. I think they have moved by now.

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  14.  Are you a lawyer? Why wouldn't it work in your office ? :-) well, in any case, that vertical lace pencil is everyone's favourite it seems. Mine as well, after the other one, # 5, with horizontal panels.

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  15.  yes, very dark, but tempting!

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  16. I love pencil skirts, but as I'm a bit busty LOL, they can make me look a bit top heavy if i'm not careful. I like the black one with the horizontal lace panels because i think it would be a nice way to draw attention down to my hip area and make me look like i actually have some LOL :P

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  17. Stunning I find it difficult to pick. I do like the panelled skirt and your favourite - great inspiration for adding affordable pieces of lace to a classic pencil silhouette. I love haunting the remnant section - I've picked great pieces of appliqué lace and silk. 

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  18. I think I like 3 and 5. I am plus size and princess seams and tone on tone work great for slimming my shape. Better yet I have the fabric and the lace

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  19. I love 3 and 1. 3 because of the vertical lace panel and 1 because of the fun, somewhat "casual" print paired with a lace Gibson Girl bouse. I love the constrast. I couldn't wear either, though, at my weight and size.

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  20. I love the cross stitch pencil skirt. Chic yet creative.

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