Longshaw Skirt


My youngest child said to me last week… “Mummy why do you always wear jeans?”  It’s an excellent question that I mumbled an answer along the lines of… “Jeans are comfortable, I feel good in them and they are like a uniform for me.”  Don’t get me wrong, I love a summer dress or shorts and tee in the warmer weather, but as soon as it’s cold…. it’s jeans, jeans and more jeans. Well actually, I have a couple of pairs that I rotate regularly.


But I digress, I have a new winter skirt to share with you.  Jeans might be my go-to on a daily basis, but there are occasions when I pull out a ponte skirt, wool tights, ankle boots and warm layers for my top half, and leave the house with an extra spring in my step.



My recently sewn navy ponte Longshaw Skirt from Wendy Ward’s book ‘The Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knits’ is a far from dull.  It has amazing design lines, the pattern has only two pattern pieces (the front/back and the waistband), the instructions are clear and the sewing sewing is quick and satisfying.  I constructed my entire skirt on my sewing machine and secured the hem with a twin needle.


Be warned that this skirt is a fabric eater, but in my eyes it’s totally worth it.  Just check out the skirt’s drape and those pockets… you can’t help but to pop your hands in them.


And when you don’t bury your hands in those deep pockets (as pictured above), you can look a bit awkward!


I find that a new silhouette requires some thought in the styling department.  This skirt was insisting that I tuck my top into it.  Now, I’ve been blogging for nearly six years and I think this might be be the first time that you’ve witness a full top tuck.  Take a good look my friends, as it might be another six years before you see it again!


Pattern:  Longshaw Skirt from Wendy Ward’s book The Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knits
Size:  Waist 30″
Fabric:  Navy ponte from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  Shortened the skirt by 2″ (5cm) at the hem.
Outfit:  Top and boots from Scarlet Jones, Obus wool tights and scarf from Manteau Noir
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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