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The A-Frame Skirt from Blueprints for Sewing

Such an amazing package! I almost bought this just for the packaging.
Such an amazing package! I almost bought this just for the packaging.

I can’t tell you the last time I wore a pencil skirt. Or thought about buying a pencil skirt. Or even considered making one. It just wasn’t on my list. Being a girl with a bit of extra around the middle, pencil skirts just aren’t something I think of being very flattering. Mostly because every time I try to make them work in the department stores, I feel more like a bratwurst than a confident, smart lady who’s about to make some decisions while looking amazing. They are ALWAYS the wrong…everything. Or when they do fit, they make me feel like a frump. No one starts the day thinking, I wonder what’s the most frumpy thing I could wear today?

Enter The A-Frame skirt from Blueprints for Sewing. The package this pattern came in was enough for me to order. I’m a self-proclaimed pattern hoarder, and even if I never made it, I would add this one to my collection. It’s printed on beautiful stock and the outside is more of a folder so you can keep your traced pieces neatly along with the original printed pattern.

Of course I was going to make one though. I decided to cut the size I based on my measurements. Then I let the traced and cut pattern pieces sit on my cutting table for about a month before I got around to sewing them up this past weekend. I started a new job and sewing just hasn’t been as easy to do. When I sewed up the pieces, I ended up having to take about 2 inches off the waist and hips. Since I cut a bigger size, I should have also shortened the pattern, but I ended up just shortening at the hem instead. The skirt probably isn’t exactly like it should look if I followed the very clear alteration directions it comes with but I don’t think anyone can really tell.

I retraced the seam lines and pinned, then sewed along the pinned line to correct the fit.

More bound seams: I love the way this looks for finished seams.

More bound seams: I love the way this looks for finished seams.

A view of the front: The possibilities for color blocking on this skirt are endless. I used a bit of vintage upholstery fabric for the center that I only had about a yard of for the center, and a thin stretch denim I picked up ages ago at the Britex Remnant sale.

A view of the front: The possibilities for color blocking on this skirt are endless.

Here’s one of the finished product! And my flip-flop. Someday I’ll figure out how to take better selfies.

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This skirt is going to be made again. It came together in about an hour after everything was cut out and traced. Super simple and super flattering, if I do say so myself.

Thanks, Blueprints for Sewing!

sewist, quilter and fabric hoarder.

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