DIY Tutorial: Pencil Skirt

DIY Pencil Skirt Tutorial

Hello Beauties! I hope you all are all having an awesome Friday! I’m so excited for today because I’ve put together this super cute DIY Pencil Skirt tutorial for you all. This is PERFECT for a beginner project or anyone who wants a quick and easy skirt to whip up and wear ASAP. This truly is the easiest skirt you will ever make! 30 minutes or less! 🙂

I walk you through every step and you can always comment and ask me questions if you wish! Go get your supplies and get started on this fun and easy project for the weekend! Love you all. XOXO! Hashtag your makes with my tutorials on INSTAGRAM #ROSYPENA so I can see all your fabulous pencil skirts! 🙂

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Supplies:

  1. 1 Yard knit fabric
  2. 1″ Wide elastic
  3. A chalk roller or fabric pen (to mark our fabric when we are drafting our pattern piece)
  4. Pins
  5. Fabric scissors or rotary cutter (depending on your preference)
  6. A yardstick or ruler
  7. Ballpoint sewing needles (recommended for knit fabrics)
  8. Seam ripper (in case you make a mistake and need to rip out some thread)
  9. Thread
  10. Sewing Machine
  11. Seam gauge

Measurements:

  1. Measure around your waist and write that number down. (Ex. My waist measurement is 27″)
  2. Measure from your waist down to wherever you want your skirt to end on your body. (Ex. I wanted my skirt to fall a little above my knees so I measured from my waist to above my knees, which is 22″, for me).



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Awesome! Now that we have our tools and our measurements we are ready to get started! 🙂

First you want to fold your fabric RIGHT sides together (the pretty more vibrant side of you fabric is touching) and your selvage edges together (the finished edge of your fabric is meeting, it may sometimes have the fabric companies name written on it). You want to have the fold of your fabric towards you and the selvage edges on the opposite end away from you.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Now take YOUR waist measurement and divide that number by two. Take that number and measure up that amount from the fold of your fabric, make a mark at the top. (Ex. my waist was 27″ divided by 2 = 13.5″ so that is how much I measured up from the fold).

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Now from the top down, you want to measure the length that you want the skirt, make a mark. (the second measurement we took)

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Once you’ve made your markings you want to close off the rectangle with your chalk roller or fabric marker.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Cut out around your markings.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Open up for fabric if you want and look at your soon to be pencil skirt! 😉

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Fold your fabric back the way it was and pin along the entire LENGTH of your fabric, this will be the center back of your skirt.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Heres another look.

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Take your fabric to the sewing machine and using a zig zag or stretch stitch and a 1/2″ seam allowance (the space from the edge of your fabric to your needle is 1/2″). Machine’s have the seam measurements marked on them but you can use your seam gauge just to make sure.


Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

When you’re finished it should look something like the picture below.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Now you want to turn your fabric wrong side out so you can see your seam, press it open and iron it flat.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Next lay your piece flat with the seam away from you and make a small snip at the top fold closest you. This is so we can know exactly where the front of our skirt is later on.

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View of the small snip.

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Now take your waist measurement and subtract 1″, cut your elastic this measurement. (Ex. my waist is 27″ so   I cut my elastic at the 26″ mark)

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Overlap the ends of your elastic like the picture below.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Take the elastic to your machine while holding it still overlapped. Place it under your presser foot and sew a zig zag stitch along the edges to keep it in place.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Repeat to the other side. It should look something like below.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Exactly how we did earlier with the skirt piece you want to mark the center front of your elastic. This mark will correspond to the snip we made in our fabric.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Now lay your skirt flat on your table right sides out with the center back seam facing up. Line up the zig zagged edge of your elastic with the center back seam.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Pin your elastic to the right side of the skirt at the center back.


Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Repeat this to the front of your skirt, matching the marking on the elastic to the snip on the skirt.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

You can add a few more pins if needed around the skirt and take it to your machine. This time we want the edge of our fabric and elastic to be lined up with the edge of the presser foot on your machine and you are going to sew a zig zag stitch around the entire skirt, attaching the elastic to the skirt. You may need to tug the elastic slightly as you sew to even out with the fabric.

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Okay, we’re ALMOST there! YAY! 🙂 Now turn your elastic inside the skirt, like below. The elastic is acting as the facing to our skirt piece and will keep it nice and snug around our waist.
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At the center back seam you can tack the elastic down from the right side of the skirt, just a small little straight stitch. This will keep in place so it won’t shift when you’re wearing it.

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All that’s left to do now is the hem of our skirt! Take the skirt with the wrong side out and measure with your seam gauge 5/8″  all around the bottom and press the fabric up the 5/8″.Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

Take it to your machine and sew all around the hem along the raw edge with a zig zag or stretch stitch.

Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

& that’s it! You are ALL DONE. Super easy right?? 🙂 Have a great weekend, go rock your new DIY Skirt! 😉

DIY Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

DIY Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

DIY Pencil Skirt Tutorial - Rosy | Peña

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4 thoughts on “DIY Tutorial: Pencil Skirt

  1. Hi Rosy. Just saw a review on PatternReview you did and I was able to link to your blog from there. You sew beautifully and I love this clear instructions on whipping up a pencil skirt! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

    1. HI Barbara! I’m glad you we’re able to link here from PatternReview and glad you love this tutorial! 🙂 Thank you for your beautiful comments! Have an awesome weekend as well! XO

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