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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wool pencil skirt... to tuck or not to tuck?

When I go through my closet and get rid of things, there are always a couple of things I can't bear to part with yet.  Because of that, I have a pile of older clothes waiting for me to do some type of refashion, and I still have some UFOs, even after finishing or pitching many of them a year or so ago.  Since I'm really working on enjoying what I have (stash sewing and such), I'm going to try to do a weely or bi-weekly UFO finish or refashion.  We'll see how long this lasts...
 
Here is my first entry - a wool pencil skirt.  I've had the fabric for at least five years (one of my very first Sawyer Brook purchases) and the half-finished skirt for about three.  I have no clue what the pattern is, but it's a straight-forward pencil skirt with some waist tucks and a narrow waistband.
Last night, all I had to do was add the waistband, zipper, and hems, and I was ready for church this morning.
Now here is my question - do you think it looks better with a top tucked or untucked?  I don't have a very defined waist, and the waist I do have is quite high, so I feel like I look proportionally "off" a lot of times if I tuck in a top.  I wore the skirt to church today with an untucked top, but I was a little sad it covered the tucks.
I think the proportion looks fine from the back - it's just the front where I feel like it looks super high-waisted
I was worried the pleats would make the skirt poof out over my belly area, but that's wasn't a problem.
Closeup of the tucks.
and super closeup of the fabric.  Soooo gorgeous.  I bought about a yard and a half of this before I knew much about fabric requirements for sewing different garments.  I think it was a remnant and I had dreams of sewing a jacket... with 1.5 yards.  Ha!!  It took me several years to come to terms with the fact that I just didn't have enough fabric, and a skirt was the way to go.
So back to my question, do you think it looks better tucked or untucked?  Am I just way too concerned with the position of my waist ?

13 comments:

sandysewin said...

Wow, beautiful skirt! I, too, have a pile of "like it enough to take the time to alter it" items from a closet clean out. I'm slowly working through it.

I think your skirt looks fine with the top tucked or untucked, but I do kinda prefer the proportions of it untucked.

Happy Sewing!

Anonymous said...

The lines look more sohisticated with the skirt untucked unless you add a jacket or cardigan.

Florencia said...

Beautiful skirt! I like it better untucked.

Alexandra said...

I prefer it untucked.

Anonymous said...

Such a nice skirt; really lovely fabric. I would go with untucked.

Andrea said...

Very pretty skirt and outfit. I agree with the others on this one, and you - untucked is the better look, IMO. If you wore a jacket over the top, you could tuck. Like you said, it's all in the proportions!

Shirley A.W. said...

Great skirt! Definitely untucked though UNLESS cute sweater or jacket goes with it. Gah I wish I had your talent.... :)

Leslie said...

Such pretty fabric! And your skirt turned out so lovely. I think untucked looks nicer but really tucked is also nice. And you made me laugh when you mentioned sewing before church. I was doing the same thing and feeling glad that my church time switched to 1pm this year so I could finish my blouse in time!

Leslie said...

Okay, totally ignore the past part of my comment, lol. I reread your post and realized you said you finished the night before so you could wear the skirt to church. That's what I should have been doing last night instead of scrambling to finish today. :)

Beth McKinlay said...

Tucked in shows off the skirt and looks more polished.

Sarah McClelland said...

I like it both ways... you have a great shape for a pencil skirt, and I think it's emphasized when you tuck it in. Untucked is great too!

I'm with you on UFOs. Finishing up a post on them myself. Maybe we could hold each other accountable!

Lois Evensen said...

You are so cute! You have the OPTION to tuck or not tuck! I have no options any more. No tucks here! ;)

Tampa Bay Lisa said...

I like it both ways. You definitely see more of the skirt details with it tucked in, and it looks more polished that way. Either way, I absolutely love the fabric and the skirt!!