I’ve been wanting to stock up my wardrobe with some more simple pencil skirts. I love how easy they are to throw on with just about anything. They can dress up simple t-shirts, or worn with a flowy button up to make an outfit for a nice night out. Mustard yellow is one of my favorite colors, so this bright skirt is going to add a great pop of fun to many outfits.
The fabric I used is a wool jersey from my stash. Another free bee from the internship days. I really love how cozy this fabric is. I actually made the mistake of drying it during my pre-wash. I was un aware of the wool content at the time and I quickly realized it when it came out a little felted up. It still worked for this project I will just have to keep it in mind for the future.
I self drafted the pattern and it was super quick and easy. I actually didn’t even put it onto paper, I just drafted the measurements directly onto the fabric (hello lazy sewing). There are a lot of great pencil skirt patterns out there but I figured its such an easy shape I wouldn’t need a printed pattern. The only think I’m not happy with is the way the bottom of the hem flares out a bit. I took it in a bit more at the hem, but I didn’t want the hips to get too tight. I also didn’t want it to be a supper hug-y pencil skirt. This will be something I will have to experiment with. To be honest the problem is my bubble butt so I’m not quite sure how to get the right fit.
Construction was super simple. I did the whole thing on my serger. The waistband has a 1″ elastic threaded through it. I ended up scooping down the center back waist because the back was rippling just under the waistband. The hem is a serger finished edge turned back and sewed down with a double needle. The whole thing came together in under 2 hours.
Fabric: Wool Jersey
Notions: 1″ elastic
Adjustments: Trimmed down side seams toward hem, scooped out center back at waist band.
Finishes: Serged seams, twin needle hem
Time: Less than 2 hours
Sew it again? The pattern needs to be tweaked but I’d love to have a variety of these.
Do you have any go-to adjustments to get the perfect fit on a pencil skirt? I clearly need a little help!
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