Pencil skirts are my very favorite skirts to wear. I love that it works fitted or loose tops, it’s cool for hot days, and it’s harder for kids or wind to lift up.
A knit pencil skirt is a really simple shape and with this free pencil skirt pattern, it’s really simple to sew because there’s no hem to sew! You can sew yourself a custom fit pencil skirt in all your favorite colors and prints!
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Don’t mind the piece of thread on the front of my skirt! I didn’t catch it until part way through my photo shoot. For me the most comfortable skirt to wear is a knit pencil skirt. It’s stretchy, it’s flattering, and it doesn’t blow away in the wind. I rarely wear skirts for casual days, but I do wear knit pencil skirts during the summer! It’s cool for those really hot days. I’m wearing my pencil skirt with my silk Staple Dress top.
- 2 yards of cotton spandex fabric – I used high quality Riley Blake Designs striped knit fabric (affiliate link).
- 2″ non-roll elastic (affiliate link)
- sewing supplies
- Free pencil skirt pattern template (at the end of the post)
- Use the free pencil skirt template to measure yourself and cut out the two pattern pieces. My skirt pieces look like two rectangles because I don’t really have any curves anymore.
- With right sides together sew the side seams of the skirt with a zigzag or stretch stitch. If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.
- Press the side seams towards the back of the skirt (you can choose which side is the back).
- Turn the tube right side out but stop when the raw edges are together.
- You’ll have two raw edges on one side and a fold on one side. The pencil skirt will be lined with it’s own fabric.
- Put the elastic around your waist to figure out how tight you want it. Cut the elastic just smaller than your waist.
- Overlap the edges 1/2″ and sew them together. You can either sew a rectangle onto the overlap or zigzag multiple lines to attach the elastic together.
- Divide the elastic into four and pin each mark. Divide the raw edges of the skirt into four and pin each mark.
- Match up each mark of the elastic to the mark of the skirt. Line up the raw edges of the skirt with the edge of the elastic and pin.
- Stretch the elastic to fit the raw edges of the skirt and pin in between each mark.
- With a zigzag stitch sew the elastic to the skirt fabric. Sew near the edge of the raw edges. You might have to stretch the elastic slightly while sewing to fit the fabric.
- Fold the elastic and fabric over inside the skirt enclosing the elastic. Stretch the elastic to fit the fabric and pin the waistband.
- Make sure you have matching thread for this step. With a zigzag stitch sew the elastic waistband to the skirt. Stretch the elastic slightly as you sew.Enjoy your gorgeous new knit pencil skirt that was so fast to make because there was no hem! Since this free pencil skirt pattern is a template of your body it will be made to fit you perfectly!
Get the free pencil skirt pattern template!
The pattern can be found in my subscriber library which can be accessed once you sign up for my newsletter! It can be found with the other free patterns!
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!