A black pencil skirt is something that can’t be underestimated. It’s such a universal piece of clothing that can be worn for any occasion and in any season. It always adds a nice classy touch to any outfit and, if sewn in black, makes it so much easier to pair with any top or blouse.
I’ve already made one pencil skirt for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. It was made out of a thick wool blend fabric which made it a perfect piece for my winter wardrobe. But I still needed something more versatile that can be worn all year around. For my dream “all-purpose” pencil skirt I picked an absolutely incredible Italian Wool Fabric. I must confess that I’m quite fond of the beauty of 100% pure wool materials. There is something so alluring in that texture, feel and look. The fabric I’ve picked for my latest project is no exception. Not only that, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. The pictures simply can’t show it’s real beauty! It has a very interesting and unusual texture that makes this fabric stand out from traditional wool suitings. It has some brown threads woven in that create a unique and very subtle contrasting undertone. It was very easy to work with and the only advice I can give is to serge or zig-zag each seam straight away because any wool suiting fabric frays a lot.
The pattern I’ve picked for this project is Butterick 6413. I already used it before for my Linen dress which was also part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. It’s quite an unusual choice but I really loved the way this pattern fits so I decided to use this pattern for the skirt. I had to add a simple waistband and use a regular zipper instead of a concealed one, which is purely my personal preference. Just like the first time, I altered the pattern to have a back vent instead of a slit. I believe it looks more elegant and classy. It takes more time and hand stitching to finish it properly, especially with the lining, but it’s worth it in the end. 
The skirt is fully lined with some plain black viscose lining from my stash. I hand stitched the vent and hem and I attached the lining to my zipper in the same way. 
I absolutely loved working on this skirt and I’m sure it’ll be one of my favorite bottoms. It’s so easy to pair it with any blouse or top, including those that are as floral as the fabric can be. I see it being perfect for both cotton and silk blouses.
I’d highly recommend to gather some dedication and time for your suiting projects. Unlike some other garments, they’re made to have a good fit. It’s not the print or design that makes them stand out, it’s the fit. But as soon as you find your perfect pattern or master your alteration, you’ll never need to look for RTW skirts or jackets anymore. There are plenty of gorgeous wool suiting fabrics on Minerva Crafts shop and you can use them to create any look, from strict office dress code-friendly one to elegant business casual and special occasion ones.