There is a new version of this tutorial HERE.


for a pencil skirt, you're going to want a relatively strong fabric. it also helps if the fabric has some stretch to it. stretch twill will work well. a heavier non-stretch fabric would also work. you can even use a thicker t-shirt knit, especially if you don't want to fuss with a zipper and darts.

first, you need to decide if you want the skirt to go all the way up to your natural waist, or just to your low waist.

if you want the higher waist, use the four measurements shown. if you want it at your low waist, you don't need to measure your natural waist.

measure around your legs where you'd like the bottom hem of the skirt to hit. make sure your measurements allows enough room fo walking (though adding a slit will help).


transfer your measurements onto a piece of paper (or your fabric). this will give you the general shape of your skirt.

the front panel of the skirt is one piece. the back is the same as the front, except it's cut in half down the middle (as shown by the dotted line).

make sure you're leaving space for the seam allowance.

feeling a little lost? check out the sewing basics or post a question in the forum.

here is your front piece and two back pieces.before you sew them together, you'll need to decide about slits and zipper placement.

you're going to want to put a slit into your skirt so you can actually walk. you can have a slit on the side, in the center back, or on both sides. it's up to you.


unless your skirt is very stretchy, you'll need a zipper. you can put a zipper at the side (between the front and back pieces) or you can put a zipper at the center back (between the two back pieces).

you can also put a zipper at the bottom of the center back or sides, so you can zip and unzip a slit into the skirt.

once you've figured out where to put the zippers and the slits, sew your pieces together.


try your almost-finished skirt on.

if you put your skirt on and it has some bagginess around your waist, you need to add darts. click here for the tutorial on darts.

if it fits perfect, hem the top and bottom of the skirt and you're done!

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