Britex. The fabric is a truly incredible silk/wool blend in a very subtle tweed pattern. The weight and hand are glorious--perfect for a pencil skirt. The pattern is the Charlotte from By Hand London. I love the version with the ruffly peplum, but that just isn't going to fit comfortably into my wardrobe at this time, so I went with the basic slim fitted version.
this (scroll down a bit to see Shelley in action). Alas. Anyhoo, here's the kick pleat from the inside:
More significantly, though, is what's going on under the hood (or rather, inside the garment). Again, I'm not sure how or why a person would make a wool skirt without some kind of slippery fabric on the inside, but I went with my standard rayon Bemberg as an underlining instead of a lining. And instead of a standard, basic underlining, I did the most intensely satisfying sewing technique I've tried in a long time: the Hong Kong finish + underlining in one! Underline and make beautiful seams all at the same time. And yes, a tutorial for that will be posted after the kick pleat one. Take a good look at the inside of this skirt:
For the hem, I took a page from Laura Mae at Lilacs and Lace and used rayon seam binding, with a hand-sewn blind finish. (The best part of the underlining, by the by, is that you sew a blind hem to the underlining, not the wool, so it is truly blind!)
This skirt has really opened up some blouse and sweater options in my wardrobe. This pink sweater, for instance, is so short-waisted that it's a little revealing when I lift my arms (like to point out something on the white-board for instance). Now, I'm fully covered and stylish, too!
Keep an eye out for my two upcoming tutorials: drafting the kick pleat and the Hong Kong finish-underlining in one. Happy month of the pencil skirt!
Resewlution 2014: September garment #3.