It has been a long, long day but I reckon my new grey wool pencil skirt has stood up to it better than the Ponte jacket. This is the first of my self drafted pencil skirts which I'll be wearing as part of my corporate 'uniform'. The drafting instructions from Studio Faro include a zip guard - photographed below. At first I was worried about how to insert a zip guard behind an invisible zip but it was really very easy. You simply stitch the fashion fabric side of the guard to the seam allowance for the zip then fold back the seam allowance of the lined side and hand stitch to the lining. The advantage of having a zip guard is a zip that glides up and down easily and a luxurious, comfortable garment finish.
I didn't use a zip guard on the lace skirt as it has no waist band. In retrospect this was a mistake as I have to be extra careful not to catch the lace in the zipper teeth. I used two layers of lining - one as underlining catch-stitching the seams to ensure that they sit flat and the second inner lining, which creates a clean finish with no visible seams. I plan three more of these skirts - the geometric Ponte print from my original print, one plain red and one basic black.
So happy sewing and don't forget to make a comment on my previous post if you are interested in receiving the Pattern Pyramid.