Ultimate Pencil Skirt

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The ultimate pencil skirt sewing pattern from Sew Over It is perfect for an intermediate dressmaker. This high waisted skirt pattern has four darts and a concealed zip at the centre back. The top of the skirt is finished with an interfaced waist facing, whilst the bottom of the skirt has a kick pleat to make walking just that little bit easier.

What we think: The key to this pattern looking good it to get the fit right, this makes it a good pattern for a confident beginner looking to up their making game.

Suggested Fabrics: A might weight woven fabric like a suiting or canvas.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Jacquard / Brocade, Linen, Silk / Satin / Sateen


UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

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    This is a great pattern for a pencil skirt. I’ve made 4 already. It’s definitely better with fabric with a little stretch.

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    I have made two of these pencil skirts – the first in a polyester suiting material when I was very early on in my sewing ‘journey’ and more recently (18 months later) in a herringbone wool. Both times I found the pattern and instructions super easy to follow although I did have to grade between sizes at the hips as I was 12 at the waist and 14 at the hips – very easy to do on Sew Over It patterns as they are nested. I also took 8cm off the length as I wanted it on my knee line rather than below it. The high waist is super flattering and keeps all my wobbly bits held in! For the suiting fabric I simply overlooked the seams as it was comfortable to wear against my skin. As the wool would have been quite itchy against my legs on such a close-fitting garment I chose to line it. It was the first time I’ve ever lined anything and I was a little scared but it was actually super easy. Make up the outer skirt and insert the invisible zip as per the instructions. Then work on the lining before tackling the waistband. Just cut out the front and back pieces of the pattern again in a lining fabric (I used a basic acetate in navy blue) and make them up in exactly the same way as the main skirt. Then place the lining skirt inside the main skirt, wrong sides together. Then sew the lining to the sides of the zip tape. At the kick pleat part on the lining, simply make it a straight slit/split rather than a kick pleat – just cut and fold over the edges of the lining fabric from a couple of inches below the zip end down to the hem and sew. I then tacked the lining and main fabrics together all around the waistband and then prepared the waistband as per the instructions which simply fitted over the lining. For the hem of the lining fabric just make sure it’s a good 3 inches higher than the hem of the main fabric so there’s no chance of it poking out. I also added swing catches/thread chains between each of the side seams of the lining and the main fabric to stop the lining skirt twisting around as you move. There’s lots of videos on YouTube to show you show to make these, such as this one https://youtu.be/deG8ySkS2vs All in all a simple enough make, even if you do have to line it and I’ll definitely be making more of these. In fact i’ve ordered a stretch suiting fabric already for my next one so I’ll pop some more pictures up when I make that. I’m presuming with stretch in the fabric that I’ll be able to make it particularly close fitting and still have room to expand into if I have a big lunch 😁 Happy Sewing!

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    i got the adorable little kit with the tartan fabric! the instructions were great, i didn’t really understand the kickpleat part but i did it a different way where you sew the pleat parts together and press them in.
    i shortened it quite a bit, an extra 3cm above the ‘shorten here’ line and also 3cm from the bottom hem; i’m 155cm tall.
    i cut the smallest size (8) and panicked a little bit during fitting since it’s so close fitting! so i let out the seams a little but in the end i actually took them back in again as it was a bit loose. a great pattern, i’m going to make another one with stretch denim =)

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    Fantastic pencil skirt pattern – really easy to sew and fit, very quick to make. I think a confident dressmaker could whip this up in a morning. The high-waist is very flattering.

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