Don't you want to just buy all the darling pencil skirts you see everyone wearing. And the mini-me skirts for your daughters. Well, I do to… however, before I buy out a whole line of them, I thought lets see how tricky it is to make one of these babies!
Prepare to be AMAZED! This was one of the Simplest projects I've done yet. (Well, the Bed sheets were pretty easy… coming soon). If you have about 15-20 min then you are in luck…. and once you whip out one, the rest are even quicker and simpler!
DIY Pencil Skirt Tutorial
(Although these are quick and easy, if you find you just don't have the time and energy, I also recommend one of my very favorite brands to buy at the end of this tutorial)
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DIY Pencil Skirt Supplies:
-1-1/2 yards of jersey/knit fabric. (I used 2 yards of fabric, made 2 skirts, and had extra material). P.S. I got my fabric from Modern Cloth on Etsy— it's the best knit fabric I've used. It's sturdy, has the perfect stretch, and it's not see-through! Plus, I love the patterns she has, I can't wait to visit her shop again and pick out the mustard yellow jersey for another pencil skirt!
1- Measure around the smallest part of your waits. Example: 30in (add 1/2-3/4 inch for sewing room and give)
2- Fold your fabric in half (make sure if your knit only pulls in one direction…. that it's pulling horizontally when pulled).
3-Measure 15inches across the top, use a ruler or straight edge and cut your fabric… (I cut my fabric going perpendicular to the stripes). I then had a large square that was 30in wide. I left the length because I wasn't quite sure how long I wanted it to be until I tried it on.
4- Fold fabric RIGHT Sides together (you are going to sew the same place you just cut), pin and serge down the fabric. If you don't have a serger I'd recommend doing a zig-zag stitch on the lowest length zig-zag… it helps the fabric stretch compared to a straight stitch.
5- Next measure your waist band. Example: 30 inch waist band.
7- Place the elastic band inside your (inside-out) skirt. Pin it in place and serge the two pieces together. Again if you don't have a serger, use a zig-zag stitch on the lowest possible zig-zag… it will almost look like a straight stitch, but it will allow the fabric to be stretched and pulled without ripping a stitch.
8- fold the elastic band to the inside of the skirt so that it's not seen and covered by the fabric.
9-Try your skirt on. Measure where you want the skirt to fall. I made a mark on my fabric just below my knee. I did a zig-zag stitch (almost looked like a straight stitch) around the bottom of the skirt to finish it off then I trimmed off the excess material.
10-VIOLA: you have a fabulous Pencil Skirt to Rock! and all for less than $15!!! Amazing!
*Pencil Skirts are tight … ha ha. With only one seam in the back it's fine, but if you want it a bit looser on the waist, add 1-2 inches to your waist line, this will also make the part around your hips looser but you can always add a pleat in the back or the sides so that it gives your hips room to wiggle, but is still tight around your waist.
*The bottom is just as big of opening as the top so make sure you do a zig-zag stitch at the lowest zig-zag so that it will allow the fabric to stretch while you walk, and it won't tear the seam.
*Because it's jersey/knit fabric you could also leave the bottom without a seam, it might roll up on you a bit but it will not fray or tear.
Don't you just love this Fabric!!!!! It's my absolute Favorite!!!! The colors, the patterns and all. It's my husbands new favorite skirt on me! Bonus!!!
Can't Sew? Don't have the Time? I highly recommend pencil skirts from Color Me Apparel. They are by far the comfiest of any pencil skirt I have purchased, and they have adorable matching skirts in little sizes!