Pretty Pencil Skirts

Pretty Pencil Skirts

04.11.18
Crafting

In taking steps toward a more handmade wardrobe, I knew that one essential item I had to master was a perfect pencil skirt. I wear skirts and dresses more often than not at work, and pencil skirts are a staple wardrobe item for me. They can be styled so many different ways and have a really nice polished look to them. So I found a promising pattern, ordered fabric I thought would work well… and then waited literally an entire year before attempting them.


I’m not sure exactly what my hang up was but I was so nervous these weren’t going to work out. Eventually I used one of the best motivators – a self-imposed ban on purchasing any more fabric or patterns until I had sewed up at least a couple of these skirts. I am thrilled I finally went for it because I truly love the way these turned out! I’m wearing one as I type this, in fact. It’s cute and comfortable and is indeed exactly the wardrobe staple I was hoping for.


This is actually a pretty quick project overall and after making the first one, the second one was made from start to finish in approximately just under two hours. I opted for the hand sewn hem because I prefer its relative invisibility to the machine-stitched look. So far I have sewed the two pictured here, one in a lightweight herringbone wool and one in a stretch cotton twill. I plan to make at least a navy and a black, but I’m sure other colors will follow. I adore this pattern! Scroll down for pattern link, fit notes, and a gallery of more images.

The Details

My Notes

Fit

Love the overall fit of these. UK sizing confuses me often, and that was an issue for me with this project. I did measure myself and cut out initial fabric pieces according to the prescribed size but I could tell that the skirt was going to be way too snug and not the comfortable fit I was going for. I ended up making a size 12 and it’s just right for me – easy to zip up, plenty of extra room in the waistline, but not baggy.

As for length, I shortened my skirt significantly (I would say at least 5 or 6 inches shorter than the original pattern). The original pattern hits mid- to upper calf and with my curvy figure and short stature, that look just doesn’t work. I prefer my pencil skirt to hit just above the knee so this was an important modification for me. I have since shortened my paper pattern to the appropriate length for me so that I won’t waste fabric cutting pieces initially too long and then shortening them later.

Pattern

Sew Over It patterns are a dream! Exceedingly clear and concise with helpful illustrations. I love their patterns.

Difficulty

This is a relatively simple project if you have some sewing experience. Darts may seem intimidating but are super easy to create.

Invisible zipper installation might seem tricky, but it is easily achieved. I recommend watching a video tutorial before attempting. Even though I have made many an item with invisible zips, I watch the tutorial every single time I sew one just to refresh my memory and make sure I have the proper orientation of the zipper before I sew it in place.

Red Pencil Skirt - Back
Red Pencil Skirt - Side
Red Pencil Skirt - Back
Red Pencil Skirt - Inside
Gray Pencil Skirt - Front
Gray Pencil Skirt - Side
Gray Pencil Skirt - Back
Gray Pencil Skirt - Back, Closer View
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Red Pencil Skirt - Back
Red Pencil Skirt - Side
Red Pencil Skirt - Back
Red Pencil Skirt - Inside
Gray Pencil Skirt - Front
Gray Pencil Skirt - Side
Gray Pencil Skirt - Back
Gray Pencil Skirt - Back, Closer View
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    Red Pencil Skirt - Back
  • Red Pencil Skirt - Side
    Red Pencil Skirt - Side
  • Red Pencil Skirt - Back
    Red Pencil Skirt - Back
  • Red Pencil Skirt - Inside
    Red Pencil Skirt - Inside
  • Gray Pencil Skirt - Front
    Gray Pencil Skirt - Front
  • Gray Pencil Skirt - Side
    Gray Pencil Skirt - Side
  • Gray Pencil Skirt - Back
    Gray Pencil Skirt - Back
  • Gray Pencil Skirt - Back, Closer View
    Gray Pencil Skirt - Back, Closer View
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