Pencil Skirts are top of the pops for Spring 2018

A classic pencil skirt – Butterick 5466

What have dressmakers been sewing ready for Spring? Top of the pops is the perennial classic – a pencil skirt. A pencil skirt can be a classic knee skimming business skirt, a sassy and shorter option in four-way stretch or slinky sequins for evenings or for a contemporary twist on the style make it as a calf length hobble or wiggle skirt. It’s no wonder this simple skirt is such a popular classic, not only can it be worn for so many occasions, it’s an easy garment to make too.

Style variations

You can  choose to make your pencil skirt with a waistband, or waist facing instead, which I prefer and you can  add darts to the back to shape it around the derriere and even add kick pleats or a fashionable ruffle at the hem for a variation.

Size Wise

Do take care to make the right size though because it is a close fitting garment, so there isn’t a lot of ‘ease’ allowance. Check your hip and waist measurements and choose the size by the hip. It’s easier to adjust for a different waist size – grade the side seams out or in slightly, remove or reduce darts etc. Remember that whatever the difference between your waist and the pattern size waist will  need to be divided by the number of seams or darts you are altering. So if you are 5cm (2″) bigger on the waist than the pattern is for the hip size you’ve chosen and you have 2 side seams plus two front darts, you can divide it by 4, and grade out the sides by 13mm and slim down the darts or leave them out completely.

Which pattern to choose

A constant best seller, this simple pencil skirt is designed for stretch knit fabrics

There are a number of easy to make pencil skirt designs to choose from, including a top selling classic such as McCalls 6654 which is an easy to make skirt for knit fabrics, with elasticated waist and just two pieces – front and back.




This short and sassy style, McCalls 7631 is a great design for beginners

Go short and sassy with McCalls Learn to Sew design 7631, which is a Learn to Sew design so has detailed how-to instructions for inserting a zip, learn to make a back slit and sew with difficult fabrics.





This Vogue Pattern 8750 provides classic design with contemporary styling

For a more contemporary look, try Vogue Pattern 8750 which has several curved seams to give a classic style chic detailing. And why not add some piping within some of the seams to lift this easy to sew pattern into the designer class!




Great for four-way stretch and woven fabrics, Butterick 5566 is one of my favourites

My final top pattern pic for a pencil skirt is Butterick 5566 which is perfect for the lovely new  four-way stretch knit fabrics as well as woven fabrics. Make one or two up and you will have some figure hugging staples to add to your wardrobe.

Enjoy sewing your own pencil skirt this Spring.

Author: Wendy

I love sewing and being Brand Ambassador for The McCall Pattern Company is a dream job for me. I've sewn all my life, edited sewing magazines, written 17 sewing books and written and starred in 10 DVDs - all on sewing! My aim is to promote sewing using the fabulous pattern ranges from Vogue, Butterick, Kwik Sew and of course McCalls - to show that is a fun and relaxing hobby which can result in stunning results.

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