I don’t often wear skirts and dresses, but it’s still something I need in my wardrobe. I used to have a lot of different skirt silhouettes, but it made it hard to create outfits with my wardrobe all over the place. In the last couple of years I started paring down my dressy silhouettes to make getting dressed easier. My dressy wardrobe is basically dresses and pencil skirts. I’ve used a couple of different pencil skirt patterns, but the one I’ve used the most is the Pleated Pencil Skirt.
It’s a great pattern, and today I’m going compare the Pleated Pencil Skirt in four different fabrics. Each fabric makes the pattern look a little different. I used the same pattern for each of these skirts. The hems differ for each skirt depending on the look I was going for.
I made this red plaid Pleated Pencil skirt about a month ago, and I love it. I’m not a red person, but there’s something about this plaid that I’m really drawn to. I thrifted this fabric a couple of years ago, and I imagined it as a Christmas skirt which I finally was able to make. Whenever I thrift fabric I do a fabric burn test to help me figure it out.
It’s the perfect Christmas fabric, and I recently realized it would be perfect for Valentine’s day too! I made the hem longer than the other skirts because I wanted a really classic look. Here are my tips for sewing and saving money.
This fabric feels like a polyester or poly-blend fabric. It has some texture and slubs throughout. It also had a little bit of give so it was easy to sew and work with. I really like this skirt even though it’s polyester and red; the two things I usually stay away from!
This gorgeous peach colored Pleated Pencil skirt is the perfect basic. It goes with almost everything in my closet because of its solid color. This is a dupioni silk that I got as a remnant from a manufacturer.
I had one yard so this was the perfect project for it. The silk has a stiff hand and no drape so it wouldn’t have worked for anything else. It’s a peach color with a really nice sheen to it.
I made the hem touch the top of my knees. This fabric had no give so I struggled when sewing it. The hem didn’t turn out perfectly because it needed a tiny bit of stretch to make the hem lie flat and smooth.
It also came out way tighter than any of the other skirts I made. It wrinkles up everytime I move and probably has no ease. As you can see with the other skirts, I didn’t have that problem so it’s not a problem of the pattern.
It’s the fabric I chose. I need to go in and let the side seams out slightly to get a less snug fit. Then I think it’ll be pretty perfect.
I actually made this Pleated Pencil skirt a couple of years ago. I used a coral and cream jacquard fabric that my sister had leftover from a trip to Mood Fabric in New York. I’ve worn it often since making it, and it has held up really well even though the zipper is sewn right on top. Learn how to fix a zipper if the pull came off.
I started with an invisible zipper which broke (I love invisible zippers because I can sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot.), and it was hard to unpick the fabric. So I just sewed an exposed zipper right on top of the seam. This fabric had a tiny bit of give so it was easy to sew and comfortable to wear. I love the dark coral and cream colors and it works with lots of things in my wardrobe. I think it’s the perfect statement skirt.
This last skirt was actually the first Pleated Pencil skirt I ever made about three years ago. I had won some NanI Iro canvas from Miss Matatabi and used it to make a pencil skirt. This fabric is thicker than all the other fabrics, but it had a little bit of give so it was easy to use.
I love all the happy colors and fun triangles. It’s actually a little hard to wear because there’s so many colors, many of which I don’t wear like I used to. This is probably the only shirt I can wear with it.
It does feel like a wardrobe “orphan” so I need to make some more basic tops that will work with this skirt. It always makes me happy whenever I wear it.
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!