Archived Project: Rescued Jenny

Sep 26, 2010


This is my first Jenny skirt, I made it about 3 months ago but I just haven’t been able to photograph it since I wear it so often.

This Jenny actually began life as a sleeveless Danielle dress of which I had grand ideas for altering and making into a dress I saw on someone in the street. I drew a sketch and even went as far as making up a muslin of the bodice changes but alas when I began making it in the “good” fabric it just looked terrible on me, it looked like a kiwi trying on an elephants skin! Front pleats coupled with princess style is not my friend but luckily because of those front pleats I had plenty of fabric to salvage for this skirt. A good thing too because I remember it wasn’t cheap.

My blouse is from La Mia Boutique December 2009 #1 without the panties attached. It was my first LMB pattern I have tried so I did not get the sizing quite right, those Italian women must have tiny upper arms. The ease is minimal, I had to add loops to do up the buttons on the sleeves and the front is a little tight on me but it’s quite a nice pattern with long front & back darts to achieve a really nice fit.

Anyway this is a great work outfit and looks great with coloured tights for winter too or high botos. The Jenny skirt is nice and quick to whip up but next time I will not cut the waist band on the bias, it just creates too many problems when top stitching, it looks good with the stripes but is not necessary.

Material Notes

Skirt: Stretch cotton/wool blend for the skirt, interfacing, invisible zipper, thread.
Blouse: Stretch cotton for the blouse, buttons, interfacing


  • Fabric:
    • Skirt – Fabulous Fabrics, Balcatta, WA 

    • Blouse – 

      Spotlight, Innaloo, WA

  • Pattern:
    • Skirt – Jenny Skirt by BurdaStyle
    • Blouse – La Mia Boutique December 2009, #1

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