A Basic With A Twist

Pencil skirts are about as basic a wardrobe staple there is. I had just enough denim left over from my shirt dress to eek this one out.


When I say eek, I mean eek! The “twist” I referenced in my title came about because I had to cut my skirt a couple of inches shorter than I like due to fabric limitations. Then I noticed all the pretty selvage scraps and an idea was born.


I stitched two rows of selvage to my skirt bottom edge and voila! My skirt is now the perfect length AND it now has this sassy casual vibe.


I flat felled the side seams and used white thread for all the decorative top stitching. 

The pattern is an old favorite of mine, the Magic Pencil Skirt from Pamela’s Patterns. This is probably the 4th or 5th version I have made , but this one is different on two counts: I used a stretch woven instead of a knit, and I cut the high waist instead of the regular waist. This pattern has ample ease. So much so that I cut a medium waist and graded to a large hip then tapered and slightly pegged it toward the hem. Considering I am a full 16W, you can see this pattern runs large. Of course I do prefer my pencil skirts fitted since I normally wear my tops out instead of tucked in.

I sewed this skirt thinking it would make a great casual spring/summer look paired with the white linen top I just completed. I can throw a lightweight cardi on top for cool nights or air conditioned spaces. Choice of shoes and jewelry can take it from work to church to weekend casual. I’m looking forward to making it a regular part of my wardrobe.


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