Hand Sewn Pencil Skirt


Imagine my joy when I found this Pencil Skirt Pattern Draft tutorial after the arrival of fabric for my red pencil skirt yesterday.

Lately I have been steering away from fabrics that me and the hubby call “oil”.  However, due to budget constraints and impatience I simply have to make a red pencil skirt to go with my 1940’s Peplum Blouse .  This polyester poplin at 60″ width fit the bill.  I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package and the fabric was prettier than what I initially saw on my DD’s computer screen.

Red polyThis will be my first pattern draft and I am excited to give it  go.  The goal initially was to make this skirt to wear this coming Sunday.  I was going to take a RTW skirt, place it op top of the fabric, add seams and cut away.  For the waist area I was considering simple elastic because it will not be seen underneath the peplum (okay, and ’cause it’s darn comfy too).  Now that I have found the instructions for drafting a pattern I dunno if it will be a Sunday wear go.  Oh, and as I am visiting DD and my new grandbaby, yes, this skirt will be entirely hand sewn.

My skirt must have a kick pleat .  Look what I found Kick Pleat tutorial. Easy peasy; now let’s get started.

Screeching brakes – a new plan:

On an errand to a local fabric store this afternoon to get elastic for my skirt waistband I got pulled in the $1.99 Simplicity pattern sale.  Ay yi yi.  I’m not going to draft my own pattern (at least not today).  I walked away with this:

simplicity-14651View B is so going to be added to my wardrobe.

Perhaps I’ll put a kick pleat in it and not feel like I completely sold out, ha ha ha.  Stay tuned for my version of a red pencil skirt.

And heeere we are:



This is my second hand sewn garment.  Thankfully practice will make perfect.  Project stats: Simplicity 1465 review.  Hand sewing beats not sewing but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss my Tabitha sewing machine.






Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012



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