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Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

I don't always take time to sew for myself.  Mostly because I don't enjoy it as much.  Maybe your are like me.  Or maybe you are one of the awesome people in the world who love to sew for themselves.  I'm not 100% sure why I don't enjoy sewing for myself as much.  Maybe because it takes more fabric and a little more time.  I can whip up a kids raglan top or a simple Easter dress in no time.   I guess I just don't have the patience to make adult clothes. 

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

That being said, I really love a good pencil skirt pattern.  One reason, it takes no time at all to whip one up and you can make them to go with solids, florals, stripes, you name it.  Pencil skirts can be fancy and formal or casual and simple.  Maybe that is why they are so popular in the work place.  Either way, they are a great addition to the wardrobe.

This pencil skirt pattern can be customized to your own body shape.  It is made with a lightweight to medium weight knit fabric which helps it to fit the body nicely but also be very comfortable.  

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

To start you'll want to get some of your own measurements.  So grab that measurement tape of yours and let's measure.

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Measuring and Cutting Out
You'll need your:
-Natural Waist Measurement (around your belly button)
-Hip measurement (the fullest part of your bum)
-Length measurement - from waist to hem

Use your measurements to do a little math and cut out the following pattern pieces:
Cut 1 Waistband 
Cut 2 Skirt pieces 

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Now you have your pencil skirt pattern pieces.  You are ready to sew.

Step 1
Fold the waistband in half matching short sides.  Stitch down the short side.

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Step 2
Fold the waistband in half, matching the wrong sides of the fabric.  You should have a circle band now.  Set aside.
Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Step 3
With Right Sides Together (RST), place the skirt front and skirt back on a flat surface.  Stitch down the two side seams.  Press. 
Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Step 4
With RST, place the waistband around the top of the skirt piece.  Pin in place.  Stitch waistband to skirt.  You may need to stretch your waistband as you go a little. Press.

If you want, you can topstitch around your waistband at the seam.  I did not.
Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women
 Step 5
Fold the hem of the skirt to the wrong side of the fabric 1".  Press.  Stitch hem in place.

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

That's it!  You are done.  See how quick and easy that is.  You can easily make several of these awesome pencil skirts for yourself all year long.  

Pencil Skirt Pattern for Women

Simple and quick women's pencil skirt pattern and tutorial


  1. hi, do you use an overlock or a common sewing machine?

    1. Hey Anonymous, I use my regular sewing machine. I use either a zig-zag stitch or a double needle. Check out my Tips and Tricks for sewing with knits for exactly what I do


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