This week I just finished making myself a lined wool pencil skirt, a project so conservative and ordinary I wondered if I should blog about it.
It took two evenings to sew, after I’d cut it out, and I wore it yesterday for the first time. It worked out really well and was very comfortable.
A high quality wool skirt is an excellent winter wardrobe investment (especially if you’re a conservative dresser like me) and doesn’t take much fabric. A straight skirt is smart and always looks like you’ve made an effort. Only drawback: no pockets.
Lined wool skirts last for decades. I have some I made over twenty years ago and they still look good. They hardly ever need washing, because they’re lined and one wears tights (and maybe a petticoat) with them, so the fabric never touches the skin.
It reminds me of a story…
When I worked for a dressmaker we re-lined some very old wool skirts which belonged to an elderly lady with dementia. She’d made them herself many years ago. When her daughter bought her new clothes, she wouldn’t wear them saying they belonged to someone else. So the daughter brought in the skirts and we refurbished them. We replaced torn linings, caught up hems and sewed on buttons, and they were as good as new and testament to the quality fabric she’d chosen.