August 11, 2010

Pencil Skirt Sew Along & A Gazillion Ways to Build a Better Pencil Skirt

Oh, Oh, Oh! I'm so excited to have a little sew along! Hip Hip Hooray!

So, the whole goal of this is to get you all involved and let us all in on your secrets for pencil skirts too! I'll be working with the Jenny Skirt Pattern from Burda Style, but really you could bring any pencil skirt pattern to the table for this. I plan to create "lessons" (yes, this is my flute teacher side coming out) for you to follow along with. I plan to give you the low-down on how I fit a pencil skirt, create a kick pleat on a pattern that does not have one, insert an invisible zipper and some of the finishing details of skirt making that I find rather nice. I'll be getting these pencil skirt lessons going next week, so keep it bookmarked here. I've made up a little list of things you're going to need for this sew-along:

  • muslin - as much as you would need to make your size pencil skirt; be sure to look at your pattern requirements

  • a choice fabric for your finished pencil skirt - look at the pattern requirements and add at least a 1/2 yard to your order to ensure that you'll have enough length

  • lining fabric - again use the pattern requirements for this and add at least a 1/2 yard to your order

  • thread

  • interfacing - enough for the waistband, 1/2 - 1 yard should do it

  • a 12-14 inch invisible zipper

  • 1/4 yard of silk or polyester organza

  • a permanant marker

  • a straight edge ruler

  • a french curve or hip curve

I also wanted to give you some inspiration from fellow stitchers around the web for other ways to try a pencil skirt. I mean what about a lower waisted pencil skirt, like Selfish Seamstress has here:

How about a side zip and pleats along the bottom, from Pretty Ditty:

What about with a bow, from Casey and Gertie:

Pockets anyone, maybe with a button-up front? Courtesy of Stephanie Hillberry:

Perhaps a ruffle down the side, from Erica B.:

You can create princess seams, or give it a hidden waistband. There are hundreds of things you can do with a pencil skirt. Hundreds. I plan to give a few tutorials on some of these. Oh what fun!
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