I spent all of Saturday night being entirely consumed with sewing the Karl Lagerfeld skirt and today I spent a disproportionally large amount of time searching for a the missing fourth button. But now all is in place finally. For the lack of better wording: I just love this skirt!! I love the detailing, the comfort (yay for elasticized waist) and the great mix between stylish and utilitarian. This truly is a mini skirt, only 33 cm long (just over 1 foot). For reference I am only 160 cm (5’3) and didn’t do a petite adjustment and it only just covers my butt. So if you are any taller, adding length might be a good idea.
I had originally planned to make it in dark navy, but the wool pique I ordered from Denver fabrics was a dud (too thin, too much lycra, and a weird surface). So I had a bit of a meltdown and then yesterday afternoon I rushed to make it to a nearby fabric store. 1.58 PM, two minutes before closing time, I entered the store and began frantically searching for a fabric that both has body and some stiffness while being soft at the same time (as stipulated by the sewing instructions). That turned out to be really tricky so in one last desperate move I switched from the blacks, greys and navys that I was perusing and saw this fabric. It was perfect, except for the colour, but at that point the store manager was picking down the “Open” flag so I just grabbed the roll off the shelf and then took the first buttons I laid my eyes on the wall. Now I’m really happy that I thought out of the box for once. The fabric is a wool/poly gabardine, apparently a remaint from the high end garment industry. It feels great anyway, I normally prefer all natural fibers, but this mix was way better than any pure wools and cottons that they had to offer.
Blouse: Made by me, using the Pattern Master boutique software. The fabric is cotton eyelet, and I did this blouse 4-5 years ago.
Skirt: Made by me, using a Burdastyle by Karl Lagerfeld pattern.
Update: Here is a review of the pattern.