I absolutely love love love pencil skirts.. so much that it was only right that I learned how to make one that was perfect for me... and hopefully my "tutorial" will help you learn how to make one that is perfect for you.
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1. I bought this New Look 6230 pattern from Walmart for $3. When I find a pattern that I really like, I transfer it onto sturdier paper and alter it as needed. I used the New Look 6230 pattern as a guide for my pencil skirt and took it in on the sides for a more fitted look.
2. Supplies needed to make this skirt include pins, a needle, a button, thread, tailors chalk/pencil, an iron, scissors, a zipper, and a yard of fabric.
3. ... and of course a sewing machine.. s/o to one of my students whose mom gave this beauty to me and brand new at that! It's such an upgrade from my last machine.
4. Fold the fabric in half. Place the front piece of the pattern on the crease of the fold and place the back piece next to it and secure with pins.
5. Carefully cut out your pattern.
6. You should have three pieces that look like this. One front piece and two back pieces.
7. Secure the two back pieces with pins. (Be sure to remove your pins as you begin to sew.. you definitely do not want to sew over pins).
8. Fold and press the edge of the kick pleat.
9. Sew both edges of the kick pleat and then sew the two pieces of fabric together stopping just before the kick pleat.
10. Press your newly created seam.
11. Place the front piece of your skirt on top of the back piece and secure with pins. As you can see on the left, there's a space with no pins. This space is where you will insert the zipper.
12. Sew both sides and flip inside out.
13. Insert your zipper.
14. Sew darts for a perfectly tailored fit.
15. Add the waistband. (And button and buttonhole not pictured here).
The blouse in this picture had this weird bulbous medieval-ness going on.. eww. For $1.48 (plus an additional 25% with a student ID) from my favorite thrift store, I knew it would be worth all 30 of the minutes it took me to upcycle it.