Embellished Stretch Pencil Skirt

HELLO, I MADE A STRETCHY, MIDI PENCIL SKIRT WITH EMBELLISHMENTS. “Midi” is a tough length on my 5’4″ frame, but everyone else is doing it, so ALLOW ME. The main benefit to this skirt is the s-t-r-e-t-c-h, of which I had none previous to this tootsie pop. Everything else in my closet has a very severe high waistline with no give whatsoever, which has been very inconvenient for this person with a multitude of tummy issues. I suffer for my art/vanity, but even martyrs need a break, and so LYCRA.

Stretch Embellished Pencil Skirt sewn and designed by Veronica Sheaffer for Wardrobe Myself blog

Lycra is also why that bright blue grosgrain ribbon is rippling across my hip, but I DO NOT CARE. The other stripes are navy velvet ribbon, and they can handle it. Hot.

Stretch pencil skirt with ribbon and lace embellishments - Wardrobe Myself blog copy

The fabric … I can’t place. Historically, I mean. The pattern is SO fifties, but the fabric content is not – it’s a pretty heavy knit, but the stretch is too much for something actually that old. It’s probably from the nineties, when bossa nova and swing dancing were a thing. Whatever. I found it in the basement of a discount fabric outlet (THE Discount Textile Outlet in Chicago), and have had it stashed away for close to a decade (WHAT?!), so even if it was brand new at the time, it’s now ancient.

Stretch Pencil Skirt via Wardrobe Myself sewing blog copy

The white bits in the pattern are actually metallic silver.

And so are my legs, apparently.

Embellished midi skirt with clear heeled booties

The red lace roses are from a remnant I hand-dyed for a past collection. It feels like just enough pop without making this too fancy for t-shirts and leather jackets, which is all I want right now.

Embellished midi pencil skirt - Wardrobe Myself

That and more lycra. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt
  6. Madras bustier
  7. Madras high-waisted short
  8. Pink granny test panty
  9. Navy scuba knit top
  10. Restyled satin bed jacket
  11. Beaded satin jacket
  12. Embellished pencil skirt



Crochet Lace Separates

HELLO I JUST COMPLETED TWO SUMMER VACATIONS, A COUPLE OF CRAZY DEADLINES, A WEEKEND AT PITCHFORK AND A BUNCH OF ‘WARDROBE MYSELF’ SEWING. Apologies for the delay. I’ve been dying to share these new pieces, but it can take literally all day for me to photograph, edit and write these posts – primarily because I have not one single clue how this fucking camera works, despite having owned it for something like seven years – and I also need an empty house, for obvious reasons (vanity). But, I’ve got a few new items, and hopefully I’ll be able to crank out some new content in the coming weeks.


Veronica Sheaffer _ Wardrobe Myself _ crochet separates

On a recent trip to the higher-end fabric store in town, I spotted shelves of crazy, crocheted curtain fabrics marked down to $1/yard. This stuff is literally meant to be cut and hung on a cafe curtain rod – no sewing required – and it’s almost always got hearts and cottages and windmills woven into the patterns. I dug through the bolts and found one that had the predictable country motif (i.e. trees and clouds and birds), but saw that if I manipulated the fabric just so … the pattern was completely transformed.

Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself project - Crochet top and skirt

I quickly stitched up a top and skirt, both unlined and open in front – I guess to keep the fabric from looking too young. It can obviously be worn over a slip, but also over a brief and bra, or a bathing suit – I’ve worn the top a few times over my poet blouse, which fit really well and looked great.

Sheer crochet skirt by Veronica Sheaffer

Wardrobe Myself by Veronica Sheaffer - sheer crochet lace skirt

My attempts at getting a shot of the top on its own were unsuccessful.

Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself blog

Veronica Sheaffer - Wardrobe Myself - sheer lace skirt

But they are, indeed, separates. GOODBYE.

Wardrobe|Myself items completed:

  1. Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
  2. Green velvet lounge pants
  3. Cropped poet blouse
  4. Crocheted lace top
  5. Crocheted lace skirt