Perfect Pencil Skirt – Apron Skirt by Paco Peralta

Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt lining
I think I have found the perfect Pencil Skirt! For this I have to thank Paco who designed a flattering pattern precisely for my measurements. I mean I only had to adjust the length and nothing else! This is a seamstress dream come true!
Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt back
The part I was fearing the most: sewing the apron part turned out to be very easy. Out of all the possible techniques I used Ruth’s method. But I took the super-safe option of machine basting the seamlines, hand basting the apron seam allowance and then hand basting everything together as I didn’t want to risk it.
Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt
I love topstitching…thankfully my machine has a special foot that makes it work like a charm.
Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt seams
The background story: When Paco released his two new patterns, I asked him to set aside the Treky top for me. I wasn’t sure about the skirt. These days I don’t wear high-waisted skirts, I wasn’t confident about the skirt style on me and I thought the apron part would be difficult to sew. Then when we met in Barcelona, Paco gifted me both patterns and I made the skirt first from my stash. Turns out I was completely wrong! Sometimes it’s worth daring.
Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt lining
The mishaps: Boy this skirt had some serious mishaps…I burned the fabric as I was adding the last piece interfacing…and I only had one strip of fabric left that barely fit.
As I was assembling this piece…the seams didn’t match up: I cut the original longer version…so the vent was now too low. As I didn’t have any fabric left, I patched up the missing bit (you may still see in on the vent interior left-hand side).

I stretched the lining too much and had to fold it slightly…see the right-hand side white lining. Not perfect but invisible from the outside.

I am happy to report that luckily no zipper broke!
Apron Skirt - Pencil Skirt lining

What’s up with the lining? This skirt is made from stash fabric and I said to myself it was pointless to waste some perfectly good lining just because I didn’t have enough for the whole skirt. So, I set my imagination free (OK this is a clear exaggeration…but I am normally not this creative) and came up with this…I like looking at this design feature

You may have noticed I’m using a different shade of grey 🙂 In my next post I aim to show you how versatile this skirt and the color are!

Do you wear high-wasted garments or prefer a low-waist?

21 thoughts on “Perfect Pencil Skirt – Apron Skirt by Paco Peralta

  1. Nice! And you did well to persist with the disaster-prone one as well. I like paco’s stuff but the shipping to Oz-man if I had that kind of money I’d buy all of Merchant & Mill’s patterns XD I prefer low waists on pants-with skirts it really doesn’t matter if the fabric’s stretch but I rarely wear skirts so it’s not a big deal..


  2. OMG, Silvia that skirt looks AMAZING on you! I bet you have already gotten a ton of wear form it (and your adventures in gray continue, I see). Personally, I stay away from high-waisted and pencil skirts. I admire them on other people but being short-waisted and pear-shaped means that high waisted skirts end up hitting to close to my bust line and accentuate the widest part of my body at the thighs. Not a good look for me, but you my friend are rocking it!


  3. Hola! That’s amazing! great fit on you and I really like the shape, I haven’t a favorite skirt style, when I wear a high waist or a pencil skirt I like high hill shoes or boots to seems taller.


  4. It’s gorgeous. And the finishing is impeccable. What a great pattern! I actually really love the mis-matched lining fabrics – gives it a bit of interest! Looking great 🙂 (ps – i prefer a higher waist skirt – so much more flattering on the majority of figures I think)


  5. He mirado este patron una y otra vez–queriendo y no queriendo comprarlo. I have one of the shortest waists on the planet (pequeña exageración), and high-waisted skirts make me look terrible. I would hate to ruin Paco’s design by lowering the waist. I wonder if it would be a good idea or a bad one. This thinking always stops me from purchasing the pattern. ¿Qué opinas?


  6. The first time I saw this skirt it was love at first sight. Now I want to make it but to wait on the mail for this pattern will be like forever (I live in the Caribbean). I am going to try my hand at drafting it.

    It really does look fantastic on you. Thanks for the view.


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