At the beginning of the year, I started a ‘make list’ with all of the must have DIYs that I wanted to make for myself in 2016. A pencil skirt, although one of the easiest DIYs is something I’ve strayed away from in the past, was near the top of my list. Oddly enough, I’ve waited until half of 2016 to be over before committing myself to making one…. or 2 🙂 You can see my first pencil skirt HERE.
My DIY Tank
I made a pattern from a RTW tank in my closet. I used THIS fabric from Cali Fabrics, out of stock. You can find similar fabric HERE & HERE! I added a facing for this tank, since the fabric is pretty thin and stretchy.
Note to Self: Reduce the width of your fabric from the pattern size to accommodate for stretch in your fabric! Do this before you start sewing to avoid having to do it later!
My DIY Skirt
I found THIS fabric from Fabric Mart, out of stock. It’s a good a mount of stretch – about 25% selvage to selvage and it’s actually pretty thin, so I opted to line this skirt to avoid the issue of compromising my lady-hood.
Several months ago, I set out to start making custom patterns for my body. I paid for an online Craftsy class to make my own skirt sloper. This seemed like it would take a long time to do, but it actually was easy to do and quick to put together.
Adjustments Made to Skirt Sloper:
- Added 3.5′ to the length.
- Cut 2 skirts (2 front pieces on the fold, 2 of each back pieces).
- 1 skirt = shell fabric
- 1 skirt = lining fabric
- Used 1′ seam allowance on SIDE SEAMS (when sewing with a knit fabric, you can increase your seam allowance for a tighter fit).
- Added a 9′ zipper to CENTER BACK SEAM.
- Added 3′ back slit.
- Interfaced the waist across, 4′ down for a snug fit.
Need help sewing with knit fabrics?
Check out the video tutorial HERE!
No more bunched bobbin thread or snapped seams for me!
Overall, I’m very happy with the results of the skirt sloper on a knit fabric. I love the length and I’m really digging my razorback tank too! It’s too bad I’ll be packing it up in the closet for now to prep for cooler weather… Expect to see more pencil skirts in the near future!