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November 30, 2011

FILLING IN THE BLANK WITH NO. #2 PENCIL...

...during the Thanksgiving holiday I had visions of whipping up two pencil skirts and another retro knit dress.  Howbeit, I sew much slower in reality than I do in my mind, so I was only able to finish the leopard print pencil skirt and start on the second one.  Thus the name no. 2 pencil.  Love the term and wish I had thought of it, but I'm borrowing it from J.Crew.  I did finish the skirt last night however.

I've had this picture from an old Coldwater Creek  catalog on my inspiration board for a while, and really wanted to create this look. 
I searched my internet fabric sources for a salt and pepper tweed and couldn't fine what I wanted anywhere.  Then I turned to my stash and what to my wandering eyes did appear?, but a reasonable facsimile - I think it was donated by Ebony awhile ago.  The fabric is a wool blend, and the skirt is fully lined.  I used TNT McCall's  3830 view c that I've probably made up 5 or 6 times previously. 



The skirt is easy to make up, only four pattern pieces and it fits like a glove.  The very best thing about finishing a project besides wearing it - is STARTING MY NEXT PROJECT...

14 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous, Faye.

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  2. I'm about to head into a skirt making frenzy, you've inspired me. I guess you can call this a TNT now!

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  3. Nice skirt... ok Ms. Faye, you starting something... I need a skirt or two.

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  4. Very nice. It sure pays to keep an ideas board.

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  5. Love your skirt,great fit

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  6. Love the look. Very classic.

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  7. Cute pencil skirt! The outfit is very becoming.

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  8. "I sew much slower in reality than I do in my mind..." Don't we all!?!?

    Looks good!

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  9. I love skirts with only 4 pieces; you feel like you've accomplished something very quickly. Your skirt and top look great on you. Can't wait to see the next project!

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  10. Nice skirt, Faye. Love the jungle goes to work outfit as well. Have a great weekend.
    C

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  11. "The very best thing about finishing a project besides wearing it - is STARTING MY NEXT PROJECT..."

    Ha! I love that philosophy. Great skirt! I bought a beautiful black & white tweedish/boucle-ish last year for a skirt and you are really inspiring me...

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  12. Faye you "nailed" that look! Love it! Can't wait to see your next project too!

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  13. Another great outfit! I'm jealous! I have no sewing time for at least a month!

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  14. Very cute skirt! Don't you just love being able to shop the stash.

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