If you've ever given a little thought to Chanel's overall look and feel you might notice that Karl likes the A-line silhouette. Just look at these:
I've made my point? Indeed. So you won't be surprised to learn that I decided on an A-line skirt for this outfit. For the pattern, I turned to New Look 6511. Unfortunately this pattern is no longer in print, but I did see it's on offer on etsy today.
Several years ago I had made the midi version view A of this pattern in an olive coloured ultra-suede. This time, I thought the short pleated skirt - view D - was giving off just the Ch*anel vibe I was looking for. I was particularly encouraged by the fact that it's shown in a boucle or tweed in the picture. Yesssss!
I cut a straight size 12, but upon fitting just the yokes found I had to take at least 5/8" off each side of both front and back. Later, after the skirt panels were attached to the yoke, I took out a big wedge out of the centre of the back yoke. Interestingly, this is exactly the same alteration I did to the back yoke of my view A version.
I interfaced the yokes with a fusible, and that made them nice and smooth while maximizing their stability. The skirt panels, however, are quilted to a silk organza underlining. It took a lot of basting at fairly narrow (3-4 cm) intervals, but I'm getting reconciled to these time consuming tricks, and with good reason: I had used silk organza underlining in a skirt once before, and very much like how it looks and wears. A lesson well learned.
Before it got too dark to sew, I completed the outer shell:
Tomorrow morning I'll burrow into my stash for a thin, lightweight grey wool for the hem facing. A facing seems like the best solution for those box pleats, as the tweed is quite thick and I'm sure would prove very troublesome when folded upon itself so many times.