TNT (tried and tested) Simplicity 2343 rises again! This time in silk faille from the ever-wonderful EmmaOneSock. I've made this quite a few times before, and it's great to have a relatively easy make that I know will suit me.
Given the beautiful fabric and my somewhat extensive experience making this pattern, I decided to try to use a few couture techniques. I used petersham ribbon as a waistband facing, which I highly recommend - it gives you a perfectly neat finish on the inside, and stops the waistband stretching out (the only downside is that means this version isn't *quite* as comfortable when you sit down). I used bright pink bias tape on the hem facing for a little fun pop of colour, and catch stitched it to the underlining silk organza:
As seen peeking out here!
For the lining, I finally drafted a proper pencil skirt lining (vs. just copying the pattern pieces), following Sunni's great tutorial at A Fashionable Stitch. The approach adds slightly more wiggle room at the hips, and has a really clever approach to finishing the vent, as you can see below. I used black crepe de chine for the lining, and to try to stop it ripping at the seams when I sit down (always a risk with pencil skirts), I first fused all the edges with knit stay tape, which, after one day of wearing, seems to have worked marvelously.
Finally, I used a fantastic new technique which allows you to finish the fashion fabric seams and underlining in one, with a perfect finish that's somewhere between a french seam and a hong kong binding finish. Given that silk faille is pretty prone to fraying, this was perfect. A tutorial will follow soon!
I headed down to the historic harbor in Charlestown MA to take the photos, and used my tripod with automatic timer for the first time.... Which, I can report, is mildly humiliating when joggers and day trippers are all staring at you! I, however, perservered, for the sake of my dear blog readers. You're welcome!
I even attempted a real model pose... Stop laughing!
A final pose in front of a garage door, and done.
What are your TNTs, Cashmerette readers?