Pencil skirt

Pencil skirt (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Description : A women's skirt that falls more or less straight (i.e. without flare) to just above or at the level of the knees. A pencil skirt, because it hugs a woman's thighs and legs, is considered sexy while at the same time it can be quite modest.
Subtypes :
Parts : skirt, waistband, slit or pleat.
Preferred fabrics : Wool, crepe, tweed, gabardine.
Construction : The pattern narrows to a snug fit at the waist, widens for the hips, then drops straight to the hemline at or above the knees. A pencil skirt often has a slit at the hemline to facilitate movement or a pleat at the back. The slit will typically be a side slit or a back slit.
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Example creations : high waist pencil skirt, denim pencil skirt, "miss holloway" pencil skirt, "taking flight" pencil skirt, fishbone pencil skirt, pencil skirt refashion, floral pencil skirt, tailored pencil skirt,
Example patterns : side slit detail (free video), back slit detail (free video),
Uses worldwide : Walking in a pencil skirt requires shorter strides; entering and leaving a vehicle gracefully takes practice; and when sitting the legs are held fairly close together. Activities such as riding a bicycle can be difficult in a pencil skirt. On the other hand, their advantages include greater warmth due to the reduced ventilation and a lower tendency to blow up in the wind.
Origins and history : The predecessor to the pencil skirt is the hobble skirt of the early 20th century, which is a full-length skirt which seriously impedes the wearer's walking. French designer Christian Dior introduced the pencil skirt in the late 1940s, using the term H-line skirt to describe its shape in opposition to the A-line skirt introduced a few years earlier. It quickly became very popular, particularly for office wear. It again became popular for business women in the 1980s, as part of the "power suit" style of dressing, and has remained a popular mainstream fashion choice ever since.
Alternate names : H-line skirt.
Related or similar garments : Skirt, Straight skirt, Hobble skirt.
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