Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pencil Skirt Plus

Ever since I spied Sheila's (Sheilaz-CTKHoundstooth check pencil skirt, I've been on the hunt for fabric to make my own. More recently Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) made a dress in Houndstooth Ponte. Thanks to Carolyn, I was able to procure a fabulous piece of from The blouse  is Vogue 8747.

I was able to knock-off Sheila's look and was overjoyed with the result. I wish I had better pictures but that would mean I'd need a better photographer (aka husband)! Read and follow the instructions below for making your own Pencil Skirt Plus.

1 yard ITY knit
Double needle (optional)
1" elastic
Washable marker

Use 1/4" seams 
Fabric is doubled
  1. Trim fabric to desired finished length plus 6".
  2. Measure and mark width to hip measure plus 1/2".
  3. Measure and mark 2 1/2" across width - set aside for waistband
  4. Measure and mark inward 2" on each side of what will be hem edge.
  5. Measure and mark upward from hem 7-9" from hem on side seam. 
  6. Trim gradually back to side seam.
  7. Trim "pattern" as marked
  8. Sew side seams.
  9. Using Steam-A-Seam, turn under 1" hem.
  10. Top-stitch hem.
  11. Step into skirt and tie elastic around waist.
  12. Adjust skirt around waist until hem hangs evenly.
  13. Use the washable marker to mark waist.
  14. Trim.
  15. Stitch waistband leaving 1/2 of folded waistband  open
  16. Fold waistband in half and stitch to skirt.
  17. Insert and secure elastic.


  1. Great skirt - thanks for the instructions. Looks fab on you.

  2. You are looking mighty fierce! I love this combo!

  3. I love your new outfit and I'm glad you were able to find some houndstooth fabric!

  4. There's nothing quite as fabulous as a great fitting pencil skirt - and yours is certainly fab. Love the pairing with the red top.

  5. Fabulous outfit and the red looks great on you & love the shoes. Thanks for the spotlight.

  6. That is a smashing combo on you. Loving the skirt!

  7. Great looking outfit. The red is the perfect pop of color to make your outfit sing. Two snaps up.

  8. That's a great outfit, but don't blame the hubby. It looks to me like you need a better camera!

  9. Love it! Looks absolutely fantastic with the red!

  10. OMG I love, love, love this entire outfit sooooo much! What a great combination and that pencil skirt is to die for!

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