Easy 1 Seam DIY Pencil Skirt

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday….

This skirt is truly easy sewing!!!

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One by one I am going through my fabric stash and completing projects that I have been meaning to get to, since I started sewing a few years back. So next up was a Navy Blue Faux Snake Skin. I always envisioned it being a pencil skirt. So, I stuck with that and within 30 minutes I had the pencil skirt that had once been just folded fabric in my stash.

This is a super simple and quick project. Which is great for me “the impatient sewer”. I am starting to think I will always be that way when it comes to sewing. There are so many thing’s I want to make…so my projects have to be quick and well sewn. I’m getting impatient now so let’s get to this pencil skirt….lol.

Materials:

1 yard of a stretch faux snake skin fabric.

1 yard of 2″ Wide Elastic

Coordinating Thread

How to:

Take your waist measurement and decide on the length.

Now let’s add the seam allowances. For a fitted skirt cut at your waist measurement. For a not as fitted skirt it will be your waist measurement +1″. For the length…it will be length measurement+ 1″ (hem) + 2.5″ (waistband). For me my waist is 34″. For the length 23″+ 1″ (hem) + 2.5″ = 34″(wide) by 26.5″(length)

With our measurements taken it’s time to cut our fabric. Fold your fabric in half with right sides touching. The wrong side will be facing you. Since we are cutting on the fold. You will cutting as follows…..waist measurement ÷ 2 ( for me that is 34″÷2= 17″) Cutting measurements will be as follows 17″ by 26.5″

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Now cut according to your measurements.

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Now it’s time to sew using a small zig-zag or stretch stitch with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Finish your seam as desired (i.e. serger, regular zig-zag stitch or pinking shear’s).

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Let’s work on the waistband. Fold over the waistband 1/4″ and fold over again 2 1/4″ and pin to hold in place. Starting at the seam sew around the edge of the waist with a stretch or small zig-zag stitch, making sure to leave a 3″opening for your elastic to go through later.

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Next it’s time to fit your elastic. Pull the elastic comfortable around your waist, overlapping the ends and cut. Be sure it comfy and not to tight.

Now using a safety pin and straight pin, feed your elastic through the opening .

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Pull the elastic through the opening and sew the elastic together. Then sew the 3″ opening closed.

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It’s time for the last step. The hem. Fold the hem 1/2″ and then again 1/2″ pin to hold into place. Sew around close to the edge with a stretch or small zig-zag stitch.

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Tada……. All done and ready to wear. In 30 minutes or less.

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Thank you for stopping by and feel free to check out another pencil skirt tutorial here.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable ☺

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DIY Easy To Sew Pencil Skirt

Hello all,

I love a simple quick and easy tutorial. I found a great tutorial on something I love…..the pencil skirt. It’s classicly timeless.

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To make this skirt click here for the tutorial. Thank you to Elena Rosa Brown for a such a fantastic and easy to follow tutorial.

Enjoy & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable

Let Me Be Crystal Clear

Let Me Be Crystal Clear

A Tutorial to Draft & Sew a Pencil Skirt to fit your Body Measurements

Since I started sewing a little over 2 years ago. I have really enjoyed having things that fit my body based off of my measurements.  Sewing has truly become a wonderful hobby.  I love seeing my work come to life.

In this tutorial you will learn how to draft a pencil skirt pattern based off your own measurements, add darts, transfer pattern onto fabric, add an invisible zipper, blind hem by hand, attach the waistband and add a hook an eye.  I hope these step by step video’s are as helpful to you as they have been for me.

Another great resource for skirt pattern drafting and design is a book called Sew What! Skirts by Francesca DenHartog.  The book gives great tips on various topics of sewing along with steps for pattern making a pencil skirt, A-Line skirt and many other designs.   You should be able to find it at your local library or purchase it on Amazon.

Onto the tutorial

Here is my daughter wearing the Black Pencil Skirt I made for her back in the Fall.

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Paired with A Hot Pink Polo Sweater from JCPenney for $10.99(click here).

Polo Sweater

Neutral Ballet Flats with Hot Pink Trim for $4.99 also from JCPenney they are $15.00 online (click here)

Hot Pink Ballet Flats

Now onto the Pencil Skirt Pattern Drafting Tutorial………Click Here

Next it’s time to take that pattern and transfer it to fabric click here.

Adding the darts for that nice tailored look click here

Let’s learn to put in an invisible zipper click here ( you can also use a regular zipper the choice is yours)  for a regular zipper click on this tutorial.

Here you will see how to sew the skirt together and the optional blind hem by hand. click here  If you don’t want to do a blind hem feel free to do a straight stitch on the hem as I did.

Final Steps adding the waistband and hook an eye closure click here

Thank you to Craftovision for the excellent step by step video!!!!

Enjoy & Happy Sewing!! 🙂