This Pencil Skirt has been a constant item in my wardrobe, for over 35 years. Use quality fabric and this garment could be with you for the longest time. The epitome of sustainable fashion. The sewing pattern included lining patterns so you can make either a summer or winter pencil skirt.
This skirt design has front and back waist darts, a strap waistband, zip guard, tapered side seams and a walking vent. Also included are the lining patterns, so you can make both summer and winter skirts.
The print document includes the sewing pattern in all nine sizes (with lining patterns), a Size Chart, Fabric Usage Chart, Pattern Measurement Chart, Lay-plans and Making Instructions. You'll find sewing instructions in a post in the 'well-suited' blog.
Pencil Skirt Pattern Sewing Instructions
Available here as a PDF download to be printed as A0 at your local print shop. And for my U.S. followers this A0 format will fit in a 36" plotter print. Please be sure when you go to the print shop to ask for Black and White Plan Print and printing at 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100%.
Also available here as a PDF download to be printed as A4/letter at home. Please be sure when you go to print that you select 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100% in your print dialogue box. This will make sure your pattern is printed at the correct size.
This Pencil Skirt design is intended for woven fabric and the hip measurement in the sewing pattern has extra for garment ease. This skirt has front and back waist darts, a strap waistband, zip guard, tapered side seams and a walking vent. Also included are the lining patterns, so you can make both summer and winter skirts.
These particular amounts of garment ease were selected to push a particular look into the skirt design. I've pinched the waist in by 1 cm (3/8") and added 1 cm (3/8") to the hip measurement. The waist measurement has 3cm garment ease. The hip measurement has 5-6cm garment ease. Lining patterns are always larger than the garment they fit into.
Where do I start:
Using your hip measurement, select the size closest to your body measurement, from the size chart provided. This skirt design is intended for woven fabric and the hip measurement has extra for garment ease. If you prefer a tighter fit, or are using fabric with stretch, you will need to take that into account when choosing the best size for making your pencil skirt.
I always like to recommend that you test this pattern on inexpensive fabric before cutting into your final cloth. And it's a good idea to make an inlined skirt before trying out a fully lined skirt. Cut your closest size, using a fabric similar to your final fabric, for your first fitting and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you'll be ready to cut in your final fabric with lining.
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