I find the most beautiful wool ever woven. My favourite blues are all there with a dash of fresh, stripy lime. I want this wool for a dress, a coat – nay, curtains and a carpet even, that’s how lovely it is – but there’s only a metre left so I clutch my remnant preciously and take it home planning its perfect future. Something that will do it justice.
Like a pencil skirt!
What could possibly go wrong…?
I design from my Basic Skirt Block which I’ve used a good dozen times before.
At least I know it’ll fit me!
The skirt must be lined as it’s for winter. I find wonderfully matching sapphire blue acetate and I imagine admiring this secret, deep colour every time I slip in and out of the skirt.
I narrow the block at the hem by 6cm all around. I know the hem must be narrower than the hip because I have been stalking Boden again and studying the ‘garment measurements’ like those of the pencil skirt here.
I have enough experience now to know how to accurately align the design across the centre back.
I know to put in a kick pleat so I can stomp about when I wear the skirt. I know how to line a kick pleat ’cause I damn well wrote that tutorial, didn’t I, so we’re all set to go but then, wait… what? Oh no….
“Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect £200! And if anyone asks, tell them you bought it in Primark!”