I have something to confess: I made this skirt almost one year ago. I needed a basic knit skirt and the ladies from Simple Simon and Co were testing this pattern. I love having a little incentive for something I need. I love the ease of making it and the ease of wearing it. It might be a little boring in blogland to make a navy solid pencil skirt, because it isn’t interesting or patterned, but since making this skirt I’ve worn it at least once a month. I also took it on a 10-day trip where I needed to wear a skirt/dress three times, and I only had to take this one skirt. I was able to switch out my tops and cardigans to have different outfits. I love this skirt!
This is the Knit Pencil Skirt Pattern PDF Pattern. It’s been so long ago that I can’t remember what size I made! I didn’t have any fitting issues though. The knit makes it really forgiving with fit. The pattern is two pattern pieces, a knit hem, and an elastic waistband.
The changes I made were to cut out four skirt pieces instead of two. I’m a little uncomfortable with only one layer of cotton spandex as a skirt or pants, so I did an extra layer. I basically lined the skirt with the same navy cotton spandex to give me extra coverage. This means that all my seams were enclosed, and then I did the hem and elastic.
I used a basic navy cotton spandex that I got as a remnant from a manufacturer. I love this fabric, but here is a similar navy jersey* and navy jersey. Cotton spandex is one of my favorite fabrics to work with. It’s easy to use and stretchy but stable. You can also win two yards of Riley Blake knit fabric from Simple Simon and Co if you comment on their post!
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!