It’s finally happened! I made the pencil skirt of my dreams.
You’d never guess it, but I have a serious love for pencil skirts. So when I found a free pencil skirt pattern from Lekala, I was thrilled! And the fit of the muslin thrilled me, too. But over time I gained/lost weight, so I knew I had to redo this pattern.
Making a muslin of Lekala 5088 was a speedy affair. It’s a basic pencil skirt with a center back zipper and straight waistband. Even though it has four back darts instead of the usual two (which is great for ladies who are curvy in back), it sews up really fast. After the darts you sew three seams and a waistband and you’re done!
I’ve never been one to SWAP — Sew With A Plan — but that is slowly changing. I had to buy some RTW pants earlier this summer, and they reminded me why I prefer me-made clothing. *wink* Though I’m trying to consciously build my homemade wardrobe, I’m still me! I like crazy prints and bright colors, even for pencil skirts. I plan to sew a million (ish) pencil skirts from quilting cotton because of the bright and colorful prints, the low cost, and the ease of sewing.
This purple leopard print fabric is a stretch woven that felt and behaved like quilting cotton. (Fun factoid: this is my fifth purple animal print garment! Leggings, two shirts, and a tunic were my first four.) For finishing, I flat felled the side seams, pinked the remaining seams, and hand finished the waistband and hem.
Here are some tips on getting a perfect fit from Lekala: measure yourself in centimeters, not inches. Next, set most of the fitting options to normal or regular. When sewing for our bodies we’re hyper aware of our ‘deviations’ from the norm, but with Lekala it’s best to accommodate only the major ‘differences’. Too much tweaking can result in a distorted or slightly wonky pattern.
I also made a full butt adjustment in the back, and tapered the skirt hem by 2″. I like the slightly pegged look because it accentuates my curves while still being modest. I intend to wear these skirts in casual-to-slightly professional settings, not traffic stopping situations!
Overall, I love this skirt. It fits perfectly, and the pattern can be a block to refer to when sewing other straight/pencil skirts. It’s a great pattern to show off crazy fabrics, and it’s free!
Do you think you’ll try this, or other Lekala patterns? Feel free to use the fitting tips above and let me know how they work out for you!