Hello everyone! The last article I posted taught you how to make yourself a nice new pair of leggings, and believe it or not, this project is even easier. In fact, I would venture to say that making your own pencil skirt out of a stretch fabric can be done in 20 or 30 minutes. And the nice part about it is that there is no zipper required! Ready to get started?
Things you’ll need:
3. Fabric chalk (or a piece of soap)
4. 1 yard of stretch fabric (or 1 1/2 if you want to make a long skirt)
5. Sewing machine
6. Matching thread
7. 1 inch wide elastic
8. A pencil skirt that already fits you well, and is made out of a fabric with similar stretch to the fabric you will be making your new skirt out of
9. Paper (Optional)
Step One: Place your fabric on a flat surface (I prefer to use my floor) folded in half, the wrong side of the fabric facing outward. Make sure that your fabric is folded so that the stretchiest part of the fabric runs horizontally. That way, it will stretch when you put on your garment.
Place the skirt you will be using to trace on the fabric, and make sure you will have plenty of room on each side of the skirt for seam allowance.
For the waistband, leave yourself at least 2 inches to work with.
For the sides, and the hem, leave yourself an inch seam allowance. You can trace this with your fabric chalk or piece of soap before cutting your skirt out, if you wish. For this project I decided to freehand with my scissors.
Step Two: Cut out your skirt, and pin along both sides. Take this to your sewing machine, and sew at 5/8 of an inch. For stretch fabric, a zigzag stitch is what you want to use. I chose to use my sewing machine’s mock overlock stitch.
If you’re worried about your fabric jamming in your sewing machine, you can take a sheet of paper and lay it underneath your fabric as you sew.
Because I used a mock overlock stitch, I trimmed close to the stitches to make it look more professionally done. This is optional, but if you don’t think you’d ever want to let out the stitches to make the skirt bigger at some point, feel free to trim for neatness.
Step Three: Take your elastic, and pin it in place along the waist. Don’t place it right on the edge of the fabric, but leave about 1/8 of an inch of space between the edge of the fabric and your elastic. Take this to your sewing machine, and stitch the elastic in place with a zigzag stitch. Lightly pull on the elastic as you sew to ensure extra stretch.
This is how it should look when you’re finished:
Tip: I recommend that when you begin to sew on the elastic, begin at one of the side seams. That way, when you back stitch, it can be hidden off to the side, and looks neater than if you began sewing just anywhere along the waist.
Step Four: Fold down the waistband so that the elastic is hidden underneath the fabric. Sew this in place all around the waist. I used my mock overlock stitch for this.
The last step for your stretchy pencil skirt is to hem the bottom. Fold up the hem on the wrong side of your skirt 1/2 of an inch. Stitch this all around the hem.
And then your new skirt is completed!
This is a beginner project, so if you are new to sewing, give this a try. Please don’t be intimidated by stretch fabric! It’s different than woven fabric to be sure, but not really fun to work with, especially when you’re able to knock out a great new skirt without having to touch a zipper.