Hogwarts Uniform Skirt

Don’t judge too harshly–I’m not claiming this is an accurate movie replica. But it’s a dark gray A-line skirt with two box pleats in front, so it’s close enough for me. I started with the skirt from the Laneway Dress, since it met my two requirements: A-line and (IMHO) flattering on me.

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Then I drafted box pleats for the front, used the contoured waistband pattern I’d already made for an earlier skirt, and added a lining since the skirt is wool. Center back closes with an invisible zip.

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This is some random wool I picked up from Fashion Fabrics Club on sale and it’s actually pretty nice; kind of wish I’d bought more. On the down side, it doesn’t want to hold a crease AT ALL. I wish I’d edge-stitched the pleats; they’re already falling out after just one day of wear. (And this after sewing them down by hand and leaving the stitches in for over a month!) Ah well.

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Next up for the uniform, I’m planning to knit a sweater vest. We’ll see how that goes!

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A Witchy Knit Dress

Last autumn, I completely fell in love with a dress I saw online, but I didn’t feel like I could justify spending ~$75 on it when I didn’t really need a new long-sleeved black dress. Fast-forward several months and Fabric Mart was having a sale on some delicious viscose/lycra ponte. I snapped up a few yards (for far less than $75) and when it arrived I realized it would be perfect for re-creating that dress I’d fallen in love with!

I started with McCall’s M7349 and made these modifications:

  • Increased the flare of the skirt from the waist (generally necessary for me with this pattern anyway).
  • Drafted asymmetric bell sleeves.
  • Replaced the neckband with a short funnel neck. (I didn’t actually have to change the neckline at all–it’s very high on me–but instead of using the neckband pattern piece I cut a rectangle about 3 1/2 inches wide x the length of the neckline, joined it into a circle, folded it in half, and sewed it onto the neck with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.)
  • Added in-seam pockets.

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(I still haven’t found a good place to take photos in the apartment. This is the least-cluttered spot, but it sure is ugly!)