|My Pulmu skirt (Named Patterns) in a wool/lurex pinstripe suiting|
Hi everybody! Fall has arrived and to kick off the season I played with some wool suiting, a fabric I haven’t sewn with in a long time!
|Pulmu skirt – side view|
|Pulmu skirt – a view of the back, side panel and vent|
|Pulmu skirt by Named Patterns – tech drawing|
I’ve been having the Pulmu skirt in a corner of my mind for some time – it features details that speak to me, such as the long triangular side panels, the side vents, the belt loops and a belt that closes with D rings (I always love hardware on a garment), not to mention that this pencil skirt is lined, which makes for a neat finish on the inside.
|The side panels are made from faux leather|
|Pulmu skirt – close up of the side vent|
You’ll also notice that I used faux leather for the side panels to add some more interest – an idea I stole after seeing the version of Lladybird on the internet! I think the faux leather and the wool suiting just look great paired together and add a modern touch to the skirt. (Thank you Lladybird for the inspiration!) Now just imagine that skirt in denim, with the side panels in a contrasting denim taken from an old pair of jeans…
The skirt is impeccably drafted, everythings lines up beautifully, and I’m so impressed with Named patterns (first time I’m using one of their patterns)!
I could perhaps clarify for you step 13: if you wonder if you have to catch the waist facings when you sew the belt loops to the skirt, the answer is no (sew them on the outer shell only).
Another tip I could give you is to clip the top curve of the side panels seams – that will help a lot for your seams to lie flat in that area (see bottom picture).
|I clipped the curve at the top of the side panel/front/back seam|
Finally, make sure the left and right waist facings are perfectly aligned when you sew the lining to the zipper (step 19), otherwise you’ll run into trouble when you will attach the bottom of the lining to the hem of the skirt.
The Pulmu skirt is very interesting and I had a lot of fun sewing it. It’s not really a quick make, especially when you sew it for the first time, but it’s not hard if you take your time and read the instructions with attention. I must admit I was puzzled when I looked at how to sew the bottom of the lining and the side vents the first time – the illustrations are not the best but when you’re there and you have your hands on it it’s not difficult to figure it out.
I’m very happy with how this project turned out, and it really uplifted my spirits in a time when I needed it! The Pulmu is a versatile pattern and this is a skirt that is good for work of for play, depending on your fabric choice. I can already envision a brocade version and a denim version!
Thanks for reading, and thank you again FM for such gorgeous fabric, you keep us inspired! Don’t hesitate if you have any questions or comments regarding the skirt, and have fun with your fall sewing!