After sewing up a bunch of pencil skirts last year, they became my ‘go-to’ for date night casual chic all Summer long. Knit pencil skirts are essentially like a step up from yoga pants. Super comfortable in the knit stretch factor (especially when you make them with the yoga waistband like I often do), yet people looked and saw a skirt, therefore I was dressed up. Boom. Just throw a cute T Shirt on with any pencil skirt, and you have instant wardrobe success.
This year I decided to give my classic knit pencil skirt DIY an upgrade by adding some length. All of my previous pencil skirts tended to fall just below my knee. By tapering the bottom hem a bit, and dropping the hem to mid-calf, I’ve got a new look that I love – with every bit of the ease and comfort from my previous pencil skirts.
Want a bit more structure to your pencil skirts? Be sure to check out the woven pencil skirt I made HERE, with tummy control lining.
How to sew a midi pencil skirt || Midi Pencil Skirt DIY
Casual cool DIY chic this Summer
Skill level: Advanced Beginner, familiar with knits
Time needed: 45 minutes – 1 hour
- 1.5 yards knit fabric
- Measuring tape
- Basic sewing essentials
HOW TO SEW A MIDI SKIRT:
Step One – Measure around your natural waist and hips. Cut those measurements in half, and add 1″ for seam allowance. Measure from your natural waist to your hip, for the ‘waist to hip’ measurement. Lastly, measure from just under your natural waist to mid-calf.
Step Two – With your fabric on the fold, cut out (1) front skirt panel. Make sure the stretch of your knit fabric is going from left to right when cutting, from side seam to side seam. Use your waist measurement as mentioned in Step 1 to determine the top width. Curve out to your hip measurement on both sides, based on your waist to hip measurement. Continue down towards the final length, gently arcing in towards the bottom (I did about a 3″ slope on either side).
Step Three – 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, with the bottom side seam repeating what you did for the front skirt panel. And the back seam, slightly curving in towards the top waistband as well. Do not curve this too much, a simple 1″ slope will do well.
Step Four – Place 2 back skirt panels right sides together, pin and sew the back center seam with a serger or stretch friendly stitch. Place back and front skirt panels right sides together, pin and sew side seams using a serger or other stretch friendly stitch.
*Now is a good time to try on the skirt, and make adjustments / take in seams if needed.
Step Five – Cut a piece of knit fabric your waist measurement minus 3″ W by 7″ L. Make sure the stretch of the knit is once again going from left to right, or from side seam to side seam. This will be your yoga waistband for the skirt. Fold waistband in half, matching up the short side seams, right sides together. Pin and sew.
Step Six – Fold waistband in half matching up the long raw circle outer edges, enclosing the seam in the middle.
Step Seven – Slip waistband over the top of the skirt, matching up all raw edges and the back center skirt seam with the back seam on the waistband. Pin around and sew, using a serger or stretch friendly stitch. Hem the bottom of the skirt, and you are finished!
And you are done!
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