We all love a good comfortable knit pencil skirt. But they become more difficult to wear in the colder months, when the flimsy knit fabric just doesn’t do the job. After examining some of my favorite sturdier store-bought knit pencil skirts, I realized what they were doing different than our basic knit pencil skirt DIYs. They were adding an easy lining, in an oh-so-super-smart way. And PS – there is NO HEMMING involved, but it still has a professional finish. (Ahem – which means you don’t need to worry about wavy hems). It is pretty stinking cool. Let me show you what I figured out.
Great for lightweight knits that you actually want to wear, or to make a heavier knit pencil skirt for the cooler months.
Easy Knit Lined Pencil Skirt DIY.
- 2 yards knit fabric
- 1 yard 1″ thick elastic
- Basic Sewing Essentials
- Measure around your waist and hips. Cut those measurements in half, and add 1″ for seam allowance. You may also want to measure from your waist to your hip, I am about 10″. For a high-waisted pencil skirt like mine, determine the length by measuring from your waist to your mid-knee. Only add 1/2″ seam allowance when determining the length.
- With your fabric on the fold at the bottom, cut out (1) front skirt panel. Use your waist measurement as mentioned in Step 1 to determine the top width. Curve out to your hip measurement on both sides, using your waist to hip measurement or at approximately 9 – 10″ down. Continue down in a straight line to your desired length at the fold.
- You can repeat Step 2 for your Back Skirt Panel, but I like for my bootie to curve properly without any gathering of the fabric at the waistline. To do this, simply cut your Waist & Hip measurement in half AGAIN, adding 1″ for seam allowance to your number. Cut (2) Back skirt panels on the bottom fold, with the side seam repeating what you did for the front skirt panel. And the back seam, slightly curving in towards the top as well. Do not curve this too much, a simple 1″ slope will do well.
- Open up the fold, and place the (2) Back Skirt Panels right sides together. Pin and sew the back seam. Press seam open.
- Place Back and Front right sides together and sew side seams. Press open.
- Fold the skirt inside at the hem, so that the wrong side is entirely encase inside the skirt, matching up the waistline raw edges and side seams. Press hem.
- Cut a piece of elastic the same length as your waist measurement. Overlap elastic ends 1″, and sew together.
- Slip elastic around the exterior skirt waistline, lining up the overlapped elastic with the back side seam of the skirt. Pin around edges, and sew along the top edge using a zig zag stitch slightly stretching the elastic as you sew.
- Turn elastic in towards the wrong side of the skirt and pin in place. Sew around the bottom edge to secure using a long straight stitch, stretching the elastic as you sew.
And you are finished!
I mean, come on. A finished hem that you didn’t hem.
How cool is that?
And PS — Not seen in these photos, but I lined up that plaid fabric on the seams like a BOSS. I just had to share.
Want more info on the fabric seen in this post?
It is part of the Girl Charlee Knit Fix, an exclusive bag of knit fabrics only available by bundle. See HERE for more details, or check back tomorrow for the full post and giveaway!!!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and until next time…