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Made by a Fabricista: Easy Ponte Knit Pencil Skirt or Dress!

"Don't make things too complicated. Try to relax, enjoy every moment, get used to everything."  Angelique Ferber

 One hour or less, Ponte Knit pencil skirt or dress!

Have you ever created the perfect plans mentally, sketched it on paper and ready to start and then something happened and you lost the desire to create it? Lately, I have been uninspired to sew projects that will take more than an hour. The last 2 weeks I honestly lost my sewjo and I truly need it back to get ready for Spring/Summer.  


Teaching these last few weeks have been hectic as I have been preparing the students that I teach and my children for the Mathematics end of year state exams.  I have been so exhausted and the past few weekends I have only completed easy sewing projects that would take an hour or less. I am counting down the days to this year's summer break (perks of being a teacher) where I can truly travel, relax with my children and sew more.  I am excited and looking forward to my first Sewcation event planned at the end of July with other sew sisters (Check out my blog here for more details or follow the page on Instagram here). Sewing in my own world has NOT been fun lately and I wish I had a sewing group to connect and meet up with at least once per month.  
I really wanted to hack a few patterns and make a mommy and me look but all the plans were sidelined after having a failed peplum top using this bodice. I love this pattern especially the bodice and maxi dress views with the color blocking option. With the great fit of the bodice, I had to save it and create a bodycon dress.  The bodice that I use was McCall 7121 which is so versatile and fun for color blocking. 







 I am thankful that I had extra fabric to work with as I do not create muslin and I tend to make adjustments directly on the pattern.  This bodycon dress came out better than I imagined and with the perfect shoes in my closet, it was icing on the cake. I actually draft all my pencil skirts directly on the fabric using my tape measure, curve, and my quilter's ruler.




I love dresses that are perfect and versatile for different occassion such as an outdoor wedding, a business happy hour event or even a date, so I opted for a sleeveless look that I could rock with a jacket, kimono or totally by itself. 


Fabric Mart has a variety of spring and summer colors in Ponte knit fabric here which are perfect for maxi or body con dresses, pencil skirts or a more structured or fitted look.   I always grabbed a few yards when they have the great deals in a variety of colors as I truly love working with Ponte knit versus jersey knit. This summer, I plan to create more everyday garments such as jackets, pants, skirts, and dresses using more structure knit that I know I will wear more than once or twice. 







Pencil skirts, tees, and tanks are my favorite to wear during Spring/Summer months and it has been a few months since I created one.  Saturdays are my days for errands and a pencil skirt with converse goes a long way.


What are your sewing plans for the Spring/Summer season?  Do you sew more or less during these months? Thanks for reading and don't forget to stop by the BLOG and check out the details for the Sewcation 2018 event!!

One Love!






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  1. If you are interested in joining a sewing group, check out the American Sewing Guild - they have clubs in many locations. You can attend as a guest for a meeting to see if it appeals to you. Great choice to meet other sewists!

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    1. Thank you so much for the information! I will definitely check it out.

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  2. These are so cute! I love the colors and the versatility. Perfect with the gorgeous blue heels and also with the t-shirt snd sneakers. I'm inspired!

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    1. Thanks! Yes pencil skirt and sneakers what I love to wear on weekends!

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  3. The colorblocking is such a sharp look! Quick projects are such a fantastic way to find your sewjo again, and this was a stylish way to get back in the game!

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  4. These looks are both great. And shopping in your closet for accessories, what a plus. I too like the idea of sewing with others. It can be very inspirational. I don’t have anyone close by for that so I love these posts. You look lovely in your new creations.

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  5. Thank you so much!! I found 1 person in my area who I have connected with but hope to be sewing with her soon.

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