So the past two months have been beyond crazy. So much work on my plate (sewing work).
*Checking my pulse right now*
Ok, enough of my gibbering and onto today’s business.
As some of you know, I sew. I decided to start sharing some of my sewing here. So henceforth, once I got any free time, I will show you my works in progress. Hopefully it will inspire you to make some of yours.
Today, I want to share how to make a pencil skirt with stretch fabric. The fabric I used is medium weight stretch cotton. It also stretches on both sides (which I highly recommend for this tutorial)
Amount of Fabric needed:
There are two things to consider here
The width of fabric to cut and the length.
Length is pretty straightforward and is how long you want your skirt to be. So if you want a short skirt, that might be 15inches. If you want a knee-length skirt, that might be 25inches. If you want a midi skirt, that might be 38inches. So the lenght of your pencil skirt depends on how long you want the skirt to be
The width depends on your hip measurement. So if your hip circumference is 42 inches, then you will be cutting material that is 42inches wide.
What you need to get started:
You will need-
- Measuring tape
- elastic band (elastic band quantity should be 3inches smaller than your waist circumference)
- Sewing machine
- Matching threads
Let’s get started!
Step 1: I got my fabric. to know how much fabric to cut, I used my hip measurement. So let’s work with 42inches as hip measurement for this tutorial. So the width if fabric I needed was 42 inches. The length of the fabric needed is determined by how long you want your skirt to be. So I wanted my skirt to be knee length. The distance from my waist to my knee is 24inches. Add 1 inch to that for seam allowance and then the lenght of fabric I will cut will be 25inches
Step 2: Fold your fabric into four parts.
Step 3: Cut out the lenght. I hadn’t done this yet, so I did it now
Step 4: mark out 2 and half inches for the waist band. I will be using an elastic band on this skirt. The lenght of the elastic band is 1inch. I need my waistband to go over the elastic band and still have some fabric left for seam allowance hence the 2 and half inches (2.5inches)
Step 5: Place measuring tape under the 2.5inches for the waistband. This is now our waist point. then start making your vertical measurements. the only vertical measurement we need is your waist to hip measurement.
Then twist the tape so that its now parallel to the waistband area, while the tip of the tape is still at the waist point. We now want to make our horizontal measurements. Divide your waist by 4, from the result make a mark on the fabric.
Move down to the waist to hip mark you made in step 4. using that as reference to know where to make your hip mark. Divide your hip by 4. this is your draft hip measurement. Then make a mark.
Move down to your hem. If you want a pencil skirt, make the hem your waist measurement. If you want a straight-cut skirt, subtract 1 or 2 inches from your draft hip measurement and make a mark
Step 6: Join the hem mark to the hip mark using a long ruler. Then join the hip mark to the waist mark in a slight smooth curve. If you are not good at making hip curves, use a french curve (cheap alternative) or a hip curve (a bit pricey alternative)
For the waistband, make the top of the waistband to be your waist measurement. then draw a straight line to your horizontal waist measurement.
Step 7: Cut along the lines you drew
Step 8: Sew the side seams with a zig zag stitch or an over-locker.
Step 9: Fold in and sew the waistband area.
Step 10: Insert your elastic band. I used a safety pin to guide my elastic band through the waistband tunnel. (lol @tunnel)
Step 11: hem the skirt and you are done.
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If you have any questions about today’s tutorial, ask in the comments. I really want to help you sew many lovely outfits and will gladly answer any questions to help you along the way 🙂