Yellow & Green Collection Piece #5: NewLook 6544 Ankara Pencil Skirt

This post is long over due and I know – this collection has gone on forever but we are literally at the end of it. This skirt is one of the last two pieces in the collection that I will share before I recap my experience making a collection. I took a minute to actually share this because life and a tablespoon of procrastination (okay – maybe a cup full *nervous laugh*) but we are here! Right?! So let’s dive into this skirt, shall we?

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Last year I finally cut into this awesome green ankara wax fabric that I’ve had in my stash for over a year. My friend Neneh purchased it for me on her last trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa and I knew immediately when I saw it that I wanted to make a pencil skirt. I never owned an ankara pencil skirt and after seeing a skirt with a similar print on pinterest I felt it was meant to be.

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Blazer: Throwback Clinic / Shirt: Michael Kors / Shoes: Adidas/ Clutch: Made By Me

For my pattern, I used NewLook 6544. It was actually my first time inserting a zipper into a garment and sewing a vent. I am always a bit nervous when it comes to making fitted garments with non-stretch fabric because I never want to feel uncomfortable or restricted in any way when I sit down or move. Definitely need to do away with that fear because I absolutely love fitted silhouettes and dresses that accentuate my curves so this project was necessary.

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Blazer: Throwback Clinic / Shirt: Michael Kors / Shoes: Adidas/ Clutch: Made By Me

The pattern was simple to put together with simple and clear instructions to install the zipper and create the vent. I decided to line this skirt and hand sew the hem and the lining to the vent with a blind hem. For my first time, I felt like I did a good job, but there are some parts of the hem where my blind hem was a bit wonky so I plan on going in to fix it. I also wished I made a muslin of this skirt first to get a better fit. I think there is a bit too much fabric in the front by my darts so I do want to take it apart and fix it. Plus, the lining I chose is a bit too slippery, causing the skirt to rise up by my hips which I don’t care for too much so I will probably change that too.

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Blazer: Throwback Clinic / Shirt: Michael Kors / Shoes: Adidas/ Clutch: Made By Me

All in all, I love this skirt. It looks so good dressed up or down. It is comfortable when I sit which is a plus and it goes so well with my new DIY tassel clutch. I have ideas for skirt patterns in the future (especially more ankara ones) so I want to make a muslin of this skirt and perfect the fit to create a skirt block or a go-to skirt pattern for upcoming makes.

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My last and final make for the Yellow & Green Collection is complete (the yellow top shown above) and it pairs so well with this skirt. I can’t wait to share more on this and how one of my most liked garments on Instagram almost didn’t become a reality. I’ll also be sharing in a seperate post about my experience of creating my first collection and if it is something I would do again so stay tuned for that. Until next time, loves!

Love,

Christine

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2 thoughts on “Yellow & Green Collection Piece #5: NewLook 6544 Ankara Pencil Skirt

  1. This skirt is everything!!! I love the fit and fabric that you chose. Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that your entire outfit in your final picture is all made by YOU (top, skirt and clutch)! Do I see shoe making in the future too lol keep raising the bar sis.

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