How to Sew a Pencil Skirt

Tutorial How to Make a Pencil Skirt

You have decided to make the usual simple skirt but do not know where to start? In this post you will find many useful tips on how to make a pencil skirt.
It is a comprehensive guide for sewing a pencil skirt yourself that is adapted for beginners.
For better visibility of the learning process I used sewing thread white.

How to make a few folds for the skirt

If you need to make a few front folds this draft scheme will help you make this addition to the pattern a skirt.
See also: How to make pleated skirt and How to draft and sew darts.

Two detailed tutorials how to draft the pattern of pencil skirts you find in the end of this article in section "Related Tutorials and Tips".

Sticky Back Self Adhesive

First you need to cut out the parts of the pattern a skirt from fabric.
Second step - all parts of a skirt we need to neaten using a serger. If you don't have an overlock sewing machine you can use zigzag stitches.
Some details of this pencil skirt need to strengthen with the adhesive fabric (waistband, vent etc.).

How to stitch back central seam a skirt

Now is time to sew skirt using a sewing machine.
Start sewing with attaching the back parts along center line. This is the hardest part of sewing a skirt. On the top part a skirt you must install an invisible zipper. In addition on the bottom of back part a skirt you need to make vent also.
But now you need to sew both edges these parts a skirt together leaving a top portion 18-20 cm. In this place you need install the fly-front-zipper.

How to stitch back and front parts of a skirt

Once you have sewn both sides of back along central line put it aside. You will continue to sew here later.
Now is time to sew the back and front parts of skirt together!

How to stitch the sides of the skirt

Now you need to sew the entire length of the skirt on both sides.

Press the seam allowance

Now you need press these side seams open. Be sure to iron these seams on face side a skirt also.

How to add a zipper

To install the invisible zipper you need use a special presser foot.

Press the face side a skirt

At this stage your pencil skirt looks almost finished.

How to sew a waist belt to the skirt

Next you must to sew the waistband to the top part of a skirt. Add the waistband to the top edge a skirt with seam allowance 1 - 1.5cm.

How to stitch together the right end of a waistbelt

The waistband of pencil skirt can have the hole and button so you need to make a small "tail" about 3-4 cm (on the left side).

Stitch together the left end of a waistbelt

On this photo you can see how to make both edges of waistband.

The waistbelt a pencil skirt

Next, turn out both ends of the waistband, as shown.
When you need to make belt loops see: How to make belt loops for trousers.

Finishing stitch for the waist belt a skirt

Now you need make finishing stitch along the waistband. It is advisable to do this closer to the seam. Tip: Do this stitching at two stages, from center of waistband to its end.
See also: How to make waistband with buttonhole.

Deseret vent of a pencil skirt

To complete sewing a skirt you need to make the vent. At first you need fold hemline and stitch along this line, as shown.

How to make the desired vent of a pencil skirt

Adding a vent to skirt can make easily if your skirt not has a lining. But in any cases making of vents to the skirts that will be look fine requires an experience. Tips: If you are beginner do your first skirt without the vent. Try to do this on a test sample of fabric using this tutorial.

How to make the skirt's vent

Finishing stitch is last step by sewing a pencil skirt. You need to make it very fine, directly and accurately.

The hole for button a skirt

The buttonhole can be done on a sewing machine, using a special presser foot. Do not forget only to mark the place of buttonhole with chalk before doing it.

The skirt is ready

This pencil skirt tutorial is completed. This pencil skirt has the waistband with buttonhole and an invisible zipper on the back. The button and vent placed on the back a skirt along central line.

This model a skirt is a simple project specially adapted for beginners. Many sewing operations in this tutorial are simplified. Learn this simple tailoring technology and then you could make your pencil skirt in another way.

English isn't my first language, so please excuse any mistakes and help correct them.
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