I describe this skirt as "high waisted denim in skirt form". Why? Because it's made out of the same denim as your favorite skinny jeans. So it's stretchy, easy to move in, and my favorite part, it provides the same "holds you in" effect as high rise denim. Plus, it's appropriate for the office. So, it's the perfect piece of denim in my book.
I get asked a lot if I design first and then source fabric or if I'm inspired by fabric to create a design. And the truth is, both happen. Sometimes there's a design I really want to make and I look everywhere I can think of to find the perfect fabric. Other times, I stumble upon a fabric that I fall in love with and want to use, so I design around the fabric. To be completely honest, at this stage in the business, finding fabric that I like and want to use is my biggest challenge (especially given my preference for deadstock and eco-friendly stock fabric), so I always welcome the opportunity to design around a fabric (I have dozens of ideas in the queue just waiting to be brought to life). And that's exactly what happened here. I was attending a fabric trade show and sifting through swatches of deadstock fabric when I stumbled on this. I immediately fell in love with the texture (give me all of the jacquard) and the leopard spots were just too good. I just couldn't pass it up. So, I decided to design around it.
In coming up with the pencil skirt design, I liked the juxtaposition of the fabric (denim which is generally thought of as more casual) with the style (a pencil skirt which is more formal). I also knew that the denim would make for the most comfortable pencil skirt. The grosgrain ribbon softens the denim and adds definition to the waistline.
This skirt definitely turned me into a pencil skirt convert (something about wearing one just provides so much confidence).
Photos by Erin Tetterton Photography