How to Make a Pencil Skirt Without a Pattern
A pencil skirt is a skirt that is cut straight down to the hip bone with little or no flare at the hem (the bottom edge of a skirt). This makes it very flattering and slimming. It gets its name from how it looks when it is standing up. It’s almost like you drew pencil lines on the bottom of your dress instead of cutting it out with scissors – once again, making for a gorgeous, slim look. You will learn how to make a pencil skirt without a pattern in this tutorial!
Stepwise Guide on How to Make a Pencil Skirt Without a Pattern:
Take the dimensions of your waist and hips.A pencil skirt is typically shorter than knee length, so it should not cover your knees when standing up straight with both feet together. First, determine how long you want your pencil skirt to be and add one inch.
For example, if you want a pencil skirt 16 inches from the bottom edge, subtract 2 inches for the hem allowance (1 inch) and add another 1 inch because pencil skirts are usually about 3 inches above the knee. This means that your desired length is 15 inches, plus 1 inch equals 16 inches. Next subtractNext, subtract 1/2 an inch for seam allowances, which gives you 15 1/4 inches as a cutting dimension.
If you want a pencil skirt 1-1/2 inches above your knee, then you will use this cutting dimension: 15 3/4 inches.
Cut out the pattern pieces from a stiff fabric and follow the directions given below to cut the fabric for each piece of your pencil skirt pattern:
Sew all seams with right sides together. Press all seam allowances open — do not press closed. First, press one side seam allowance towards the backside of the skirt and baste it in place (this is called “basting” stitches, which you will remove later). You will now have two 5/8 inch seam allowances on either side of a pressed-open 1/2 inch seam allowance on the top edge — provide yourself with an even margin (1/2 inch on the right side of the fabric and 1/2 inch on the wrong side).
Now, you are ready to make your pattern. Press the 5/8 inch seam allowances away from both sides of each piece so that they meet in the middle of each edge — this is called “opening” your seam allowance or a “French Seam.”
And now we are going to open up a casing for our zipper. This makes it possible for us to insert our own customized zipper instead of using one that comes with a pre-made pencil skirt pattern. We refer to these sections as “zipper flaps” since they will enable us to create zippers close up in the back. Your zipper flap will be 1-1/2 inches high when finished, but you may want to make it 2 inches to allow for a slightly longer and wider zipper.
Let’s get started creating our pencil skirt with a custom-made zipper!
First stitch on two horizontal lines (the first line should be 3/8 inch from the top edge and below it, roughly 8 threads of fabric away from the factory seam; the second line should be 7/8 inch) through all layers of fabric, right along both sides of your desired zippered opening. We call “basting” or temporary sewing because these stitches are not meant to be permanent.
Then, stitch on a vertical line right on the center of your pencil skirt pattern, through all layers of fabric (your stitching should be roughly 1/4 inch from the crease that runs down the center front and back).
You can also make your custom pencil skirt any length you like, as long as it is above or below the knee; these days, a high-low style is trendy. You will notice that our basic pattern pieces do not have hem allowances included at the bottom edge — this makes it easy to size up or down according to your measurements and preferences!
To cut out your fabric for each piece of your custom-made pencil skirt pattern, first fold both layers of fabric in half lengthwise so that the right sides of both fabrics face each other. Then, carefully open up two vertical sections, the same height as your zipper flap (so that they meet along the backside seam). Make these cuts right before and after your center stitching line in such a way that you create four equal-sized rectangles out of two layers of fabric.
Use double-sided tape to attach all pieces temporarily. Be sure to add 1/2 inch on either side for seam allowances!
So there you have it, 10 easy steps which will lead you towards successfully making your own pencil skirt pattern. I hope this article has been beneficial for learning how to make a pencil skirt without a pattern. And to save yourself time and money on sewing projects in the future, we suggest that you put together an extensive collection of patterns by downloading the free sewing patterns library. ! And before long, you’ll be able to design a whole wardrobe made up of beautiful garments that require minimum effort on your part. Enjoy!
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