The Alberta Street Pencil Skirt

As much as I’d love to wear all the crazy clothes all the time, sadly it doesn’t quite mesh with having a full-time office job. With the change from summer to winter coming as well, the awesome summer dresses get packed away in the wardrobe and the thicker, warmer garments get their chance at seeing the outside world.

In the summer, it’s my fabrics that do the talking. Alexander Henry, skulls, anything gothic or just a little bit wacky is fair game. In the winter, I try to focus on the techniques – perfecting finishes on jackets and coats, practising welt pockets, upping my shirt-making game, and getting the perfect fit. Wools and corduroys feature heavily now, and I’ve got some lovely ones lined up. Having said that, I have some ‘winter’ Alexander Henry fabrics on the way which I can’t wait to use – keep your eyes peeled!

I find that I make more separates in the winter, because it’s too cold for dresses, but I do want to make some pinafore dresses that I can layer over shirts and jumpers. I haven’t found the perfect pattern yet though – I need a high-waisted skirt, and a defined waistband. A lot of the dresses I see – the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo, for example – don’t have a waist and these are going to look like a sack on me so I avoid them like the plague. The new collection from Named Patterns has a really cool pinafore dress – the Amber – I’m not so keen on the shape of the front but I’m totally in love with the back and will no doubt graft this on to a future pinafore.

So on to the main attraction… this skirt represents a bit of a different look for me – autumn office chic! It’s also my first post as an official Minerva Crafts Blogger, which allows me to work with all kinds of different fabrics and pattern companies. This is the first pattern I have used from Sew House Seven, and I’m really impressed! The instructions are super clear and easy to follow and the skirt came together really quickly. Perfect when you need a quick sewing hit. I’d really like to make another one with stretch leather pockets.

It’s designed to sit just below your natural waist, but for the next one I make I will cut a smaller waistband so that I can wear it on my waist rather than under it as I think this will suit my shape better. As it is, I graded between two sizes at the waist/hip and this is what got me such a good fit – huge hips and narrow waist mean that RTW skirts never fit me at both points!

So here’s a couple of taster pictures… for the full post please head on over to the Minerva Crafts site through the link below to see all the pictures and read all about my Alberta Pencil Skirt πŸ™‚

Take me to the full post!

Sew House Seven red dogtooth Alberta Street Pencil Skirt

Sew House Seven red dogtooth Alberta Street Pencil Skirt

Sew House Seven red dogtooth Alberta Street Pencil Skirt



  1. Celia
    September 27, 2017 / 7:15 am

    Love the office look, it really suits you! Great skirt!

    • Sarah
      September 27, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Thank you Celia! I’m focusing a lot on skirts this winter, and also making my own trousers. There are large gaps in my wardrobes for well-fitting bottoms – I can never find jeans that fit, and also skirts never fit both my waist and my hips. Now that I’ve made an office skirt that fits me, I want to make so many more! My workwear wardrobe is going to get a total overhaul!

      • Dee
        September 27, 2017 / 8:54 am

        Eye catching autumn look. Love everything about the skirt. Great idea to match the bag to the skirt: it compliments the outfit.

        • Sarah
          September 28, 2017 / 8:07 am

          Thank you Dee! Autumn Is my favourite season, I love all of the colours! I stole this bag from my husband for the photos because it was the perfect colours πŸ™‚

  2. Dee
    September 27, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Fabulous look.

  3. September 27, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Off over to read the full post – you’ve got a fantastic fit with this!

    • Sarah
      September 28, 2017 / 8:08 am

      It’s so good to finally have a skirt that fits! Now I just want to make all the skirts… πŸ™‚

  4. Beck
    September 27, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Lovely! It’s nice to see a pencil skirt with pockets – although I’m guessing you couldn’t really put much in there without it being obvious!!

    • Sarah
      September 28, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Ahh no you can’t hide sweets or anything bulky in there without getting weird lumps on your thighs lol. It’s fine to quickly stash your phone or travelcard in there though – that’s mainly what I use them for!

  5. September 28, 2017 / 4:38 am

    fun denim – love those pockets. And your styling – looks great on you ;o)

    • Sarah
      September 28, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Aren’t those pockets so cool! I really want to experiment with colour blocking this pattern πŸ™‚

  6. September 30, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Very chic indeed! I’ve always loved the style lines of this pattern.

    • Sarah
      October 2, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Thank you! Yep, those pockets are totally cool aren’t they πŸ™‚ And so useful! It’s just nice to have a pencil skirt that’s a little bit different.

  7. October 2, 2017 / 7:26 am

    What a great looking combination: Classy, chic. Perfect fit, just the way a pencil skirt should look like.

    • Sarah
      October 2, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Thank you, there is something just so classic about a pencil skirt, isn’t there! I’m playing around with a few different patterns, just to see which one suits me the best – then I plan to make one in every colour!

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