I have completed another of my make nine items for this year! That now brings my total to 4 out of 9 so far and we’re nearly half way through the year. Not bad for me!
I bought this pattern a while ago as I love pencil skirts. I have so many in my wardrobe! I think I bought the pattern when there was a sale of some kind on at Sew Over It, as I bought the tulip skirt pattern at the same time. It has taken me a long time to get round to making it though! I knew I wanted to make it out of a floral stretch cotton and kept searching and searching. Then other patterns would appear that I wanted to make right away so the pencil skirt kept getting forgotten about.
Jump to Easter holidays and I had a few days in London visiting friends. During this time, I went to the actual Sew Over It shop. I love watching Lisa’s vlogs, particularly her monthly fabric hauls and this fabric had been one of the fabrics she’d got. I fell in love with it and decided I wanted it. Then I saw a picture of a pencil skirt made in the EXACT SAME FABRIC on Instagram. It was love at first sight. I knew I needed one in my life! So I headed to Clapham on the tube and found the shop.
I bought the fabric and the rest is history!
Name: Ultimate Pencil Skirt
Company: Sew Over It
Description: A flattering high waisted pencil skirt with a kick pleat at the back.
Printed or PDF: PDF
Sizing: The pattern is sizes 8 – 20. I made a 14 at the waist and graded to a 12 at the hips. I possibly could have made a straight 12 as the fabric was stretchier than anticipated.
Fabric: A gorgeous textured stretch cotton from Sew Over It. I think they have sold out.
Alterations: I graded from a 14 at the waist to a 12 at the hip. I also took the hem up about an inch and a half, rather than 1.5cm.
Difficulty rating: It is labelled as an advanced beginners pattern. This is definitely suitable for beginners. The zip is probably the hardest part!
Difficulties encountered: None really. The kick pleat instructions confused me at first but I re-read them and they made much more sense.
Time taken: I spread this out over several days as I hadn’t got a zip when I started it. In total it probably took me about 2-3 hours to make. This is a speedy make!
My favourite thing: The kick pleat makes it easy to walk in and is a nice detail.
What would I change: I’m not a fan of midi skirts so I took the hem up slightly higher so it was more flattering on me.
Sew again?: Hell yes! I want one in fabric possible!