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.
Here’s some tips for sewing knit fabric.
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!
My favorite way to make pencil skirts is with this free pencil skirt pattern that has no hem!