We’re in the middle of a full-on heat wave at the moment, so I’ve been spending most of my time lolling about in the house in my PJ’s alternately trying to lure Suki on to my lap, or shoving her off because she’s so hot!
Trips to AA can always be a bit iffy. Between the Hypercolour T-shirts (not even a good idea the first time around), the Borat one-pieces (should be criminalised) and the tie-died spandex leggings (srsly?) the gems can be a bit difficult to find unless you peruse the website beforehand then visit the shop With A Mission.
This time I wanted to see whether their Interlock Pencil Skirt was all it was cracked up to be.
Man oh man, does that jersey stretch.
It was snug, and figure hugging, and comfortable to boot, but I still left the shop empty-handed.
See, the thing I least like about American Apparel is that they have tickets on themselves. The skirt was basically a tube of jersey with a waistband sewn on. It wasn’t even hemmed. The cut of the skirt seemed to have less to do with the genius of the designers, and more to do with the stretch capabilities of the fabric and I thought I’m damned if I’m going to spend $52 on a rectangle of cotton blend when I reckon I could make it myself in a better quality fabric. So on the way home I bought a metre of Ponti fabric from Clegs ($17) and an hour later I had my own AA-inspired (hemless) pencil skirt.
It was basically a case of:
1. Wrap fabric around self
2. Cut fabric so it fits around widest part (hips)
3. Sew sides up
4. Use a bit of the left over fabric to wrap around waist (making sure it’s not so tight one can’t wriggle self out of)
5. Fold over and sew to make waistband.
6. Sew waistband to skirt
7. Cut hem at desired length
I’m pretty pleased with it, actually!