When it comes to looking sexy while feeling comfortable, pencil skirts are the go-to fashion item to have in your wardrobe. Today I'm sharing to you all my top 3 pencil skirt patterns that I'm dying to make for my capsule wardrobe. 😉
They are perfect when you are going to the nightclub to dance with your friends or going out on a romantic dinner date with the spouse. If you have never heard of one, a pencil skirt is like a regular skirt except it hugs your waist and legs to show off your natural curves.
Anatomy of a Pencil Skirt
- While a regular skirt can be made with just two pieces of fabric sewn together, pencil skirts have panels of fabric. There may be 2 panels that will be sewn together or up to 4 panels of fabric depending on the design that you wish to make.
- One of the most important aspects of making a pencil skirt, and most clothing on the sewing machine, is having exact body measurements. This aspect is especially true with pencil skirts because of the type of fabric you will use. Some fabrics will not allow for much stretch as you slip it on around your thighs and waist.
- The pencil skirt will also have a waist band and may come with a small slit in the back or a zipper based on the style of skirt you want to sew.
Pencil Skirt Patterns
As I've said today, I'm featuring my favorite pencil skirt patterns from Pinterest and they are all novice friendly. When you feel confident about your skills, you can try more difficult patterns that will feature bows and tied fabric designs.
Midi Pencil Skirt
I love this pencil skirt by Jessica. It is unique because it is a midi that uses a knit fabric. Knits fabrics are nice because they can give you a bit more stretch, as well as keep your legs warm in cooler weather.
This midi pencil skirt pattern is for advanced beginners who like working with knits and need that extra stretch to their clothing.
Ruffled Pencil Skirt
This ruffled pencil skirt looks absolutely beautiful. At the back of the skirt, it features ruffles along the bottom.
It is in a floral design and is perfect for most body styles. So pick out a weekend to do this project, lock the sewing door, and left the family have leftovers as you will have fun making this one.
Pencil Skirt with Pockets
For some women, they love their pockets so they can stash all their necessities inside without having to carry around large pocketbooks. Here is a pencil skirt pattern that features pockets. Melly rocks it!
Keep in mind that for this design, you will need to use a fabric that has some stretch to it so you can place your hands into the pocket holes. Look for fabric that gives at least 30% stretch, or search for fabric that is thinner for the pockets. This technique will allow you to make pockets that don't look like they are bulging out from the skirt when it is worn.
Once you have learned the basic pencil skirt design and your exact measurements, you can really play around with the types of fabrics and lengths that you want. You can make lace pencil skirts and mesh pencil skirts that feature a solid mini skirt underneath. You can even recycle old sweaters, drapes, jeans, and men's shirts into pencil skirts. Find the pencil skirt pattern that fits into your personal preferences and start sewing. Happy sewing!