Friday, April 5, 2019

Making a Basic: Knit Pencil Skirt

This week I was tidying up my sewing area a little, and I realized I had a stack of 5 or 6 projects that I'd cut and never got back to making. Why? No idea! Just distracted by new projects, I guess.

One of these projects was a simple knit skirt. I'm really feeling a need for some new skirts right now, especially just basics. So I pulled this one to the top of the pile and got busy. I sewed for about an hour a night for two nights running, and finished it.

Told you I was short! Haha - pictures at work are always fun

I used the skirt from the New Look 6164 "Just4Knits" wardrobe pattern. I cut it at size 18 according to my measurements and the fact that the fabric I used was not quite stretchy enough. Gave myself one extra size up to compensate and it fits perfectly.

I found just enough of this heavy poly knit at the thrift store for a skirt -- I love houndstooth prints and when I saw this it just said "skirt!" to me. So I cut it out almost immediately...but just finally got it finished!

The only alteration I made to this pattern was to add in some side seam pockets (cut from black broadcloth) I placed the pocket bag tops even with the top of the skirt and sewed them into the waistband right along with the skirt itself. They gape a tiny bit but since I will always wear a loose top over the skirt it doesn't bother me terribly. If you're thin enough that you tuck things into a skirt like this you probably won't have the gaping issue anyhow!

Worn with my tnt Kwik Sew 3559 top, long sleeved version

The skirt has a little slit in the back for walking comfort, and sewed up quickly and tidily. It's very comfortable, and the 70s fabric will wear like a battleship, I think. The only problem is that it does get a bit staticky with wear. 

Hurrah for the perfect match between an old pattern from the stash and some old fabric from the thrift store!


  1. Your skirt looks fabulous on you. I love that you added pockets - one can never have enough pockets!


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