At the time of writing we’re in the throes of a resurgence of the Pencil Skirt. There will be some who roll their eyes, others who wince – but having knocked out (what felt like) dozens of these in my teens – and having since spurned them – I’m undergoing something of a pencil skirt renaissance. This soft-handled monochrome herringbone tweed fabric was snapped up for just that indulgence and we think you’ll love it (if we may be so bold).
Surely there’s no fabric that lends itself more to this style than a tweed. We think the silver grey and black of this monochrome herringbone tweed fabric make it a more edgy option than one might expect. This is a light-to-medium-weight suiting fabric with a very slight nap on one side. It’s up to you which side you treat as the ‘right’ side – personal preference will prevail. It has a softly-folding drape, holding a shape well but without stiffness as you can see from this video.
As well as the classic pencil skirt, we think this would be the perfect fabric for suits and even tailored dresses. It would also work well as trousers – probably of a more formal, tailored style – whether tapered, cigarette-style or wider-legged. It’s a pliable fabric, very easy to work and a good option if this is your first tweed or pencil skirt outing.
We like the look of Vogue Pattern 9172 (without the ruffle – but that’s our personal preference).
55% wool, 45% polyester
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