A skirt most fitting for my friend

Fitted pencil skirt

Meet Ms Moneypenny. AKA my lovely friend, Katy. Modelling the skirt she won in the school auction, made by yours truly.

And prepare for a whole host of lovely shots taken by Mr Ooobop, AKA Daniel who I am nagging like mad to get his portfolio up and live so I can share more of his lovely photography with you.

fitted pencil skirt modelled in the garden

Getting the fit right on ones own self is one thing but the pressure to get it right for someone else is far more terrifying! I suppose it’s a good kind of terrifying because it does make you learn very fast and not settle for anything less than a good fit.

I got a bit lucky with Katy. One measuring session, one draft of the pieces, one test skirt for a fitting, and one final fitting for the actual skirt. Probably by the power of flook but selling it in as skill!

Katy happy in her new skirt

This lovely little impromptu shoot revealed Katy’s hidden modelling talents. Took to it like a duck to water, she did. And check out those pins… we don’t get to see them very often!

sitting pretty with flowers

Such a pretty garden too. Could easily be confused for one in the Med! I wish I’d have taken a shot of Mr O as he was clicking away. He was revelling in the whole session. Lying on the floor, up in a tree, peeping round Grecian columns…! I was blissed out with G&T in one hand and hot dog in the other!

Katy modelling pencil skirt

And of course there were props…

back view with Frankie the puppy

Meet Frankie Knuckles, Katy’s 11-week old border terrier puppy. She has stolen everyone’s heart, obvs!

Holding Frankie the puppy

And there was photobombing, of course!

photobombed by children

Oh how I love this shot…

Katy modelling with her daughter

It’s such a great feeling to make something for someone who means so much to you. Especially when it fits them so well. It’s also the only time you can really get away with unashamedly staring at your mate’s bum.

You can just about see where I hand-picked the lapped zipper, and of course where I – ahem – matched the checks across the back seam (*polishes nails*)

See now, you’re all looking at her bum!

back view of skirt

The waistband pattern runs through centre front but waist darts rather mess up the plan. When I next make a skirt with this kind of fabric (it’s 100% gorgeous wool by the way) I might be inclined to create side seams on the waistband, as on properly tailored skirts, so that I can match the checks on the back too. This would also allow for expansion if ever needed.

front detail of skirt

I leave you all with a parting shot of the adorable Frankie. A fine model herself and because I just know she stole your heart too!

puppy border terrier

Here’s to more sunshiny days, fabulous photos, cute puppy dogs, fantastic friends and great opportunities for wonderful sewing projects. Cheers all x

20 Comments on A skirt most fitting for my friend

  1. sewlittletime
    July 16, 2014 at 7:14 am (3 months ago)

    You did a great job janene -she must be thrilled! And that puppy!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:55 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks, Jo. She was very happy indeed!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:55 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks Kev!

  2. Lynne
    July 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm (3 months ago)

    This is gorgeous! The seam matching on the back is amazing, as are the photos. And the wee puppy is adorable!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:56 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you Lynne :-)

  3. Vicki Kate
    July 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 months ago)

    What a fabulous job! And Frankie Knuckles is the best dog name in the history of everything!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:57 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks VK. Isn’t it just!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:57 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks Helen :-)

  4. seamsoddlouise
    July 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm (3 months ago)

    Well done you. Your friend looks great in her new skirt. What a perfect fit, and beautiful pattern matching.

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 9:58 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you. I think I need one myself now!

  5. IngeMaakt
    July 16, 2014 at 9:01 pm (3 months ago)

    This is a fabulous skirt, and you made it fit so well! And that plaid matching, very well done!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 10:00 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you. It’s very gratifying doing it for someone else!

  6. Claire (iwanttobeaturtle)
    July 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 months ago)

    Great job! It fits perfectly and that pattern matching – no wonder you’re polishing your nails!

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 10:01 am (2 months ago)

      Thank you Claire. It’s a good exercise drafting for someone other than me. I have to think more!

  7. debbie iles
    July 17, 2014 at 12:14 am (3 months ago)

    Great skirt! Love those shoes too.

    • ooobop
      July 19, 2014 at 10:02 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks Debbie. They are fab aren’t they?!

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