Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pimp my Pencil Skirt Draft & Sew Along: optional patterns

I promised you to give an overview of available patterns that would be suitable for the skirt. So here is what you suggested, as well as some additional ideas.

Our original inspiration, the Burberry skirt:

Number 1 is a similar skirt pattern by the Dutch Knipmode magazine:


Some differences: 

  • Our original skirt doesn't have a yoke on the back and is longer (knee-length). 
  • The flounce on the original ends all the way in the back princess seam.
  • The original flounce is not as full as on the Knipmode skirt, and it varies in length.
Since I will be drafting the skirt from the scratch I won't be using the Knipmode pattern. One thing that I don't like very much about the pattern is that it is somewhat overdesigned. It is usually more pleasing to have only one focal point in a garment - like the flounce in our skirt. The Knipmode version, however, has also an interesting 'yoke' in the back, and although it is relatively inconspicuous - it can be distracting. But this is really a matter of preference.

Also, I would prefer using - as in the original skirt - princess seams on the front and on the back. They make the construction process easier and you won't depend on the dart length for the flounce placement.


Now, if you don't want to draft all along but prefer using a fitted princess seam pencil skirt, here are some pattern suggestions:

online PDF patterns, English instructions, print on letter-size paper
You can print out English instructions on without purchasing the pattern. Attention: Burdastyle doesn't include seam allowances, so add sufficient amount for your garment.

You can, in fact, use any princess seam skirt pattern. I recommend Burdastyle because the fit is usually very good. As always, ask questions and suggest other patterns. Feel free to post images and discuss the patterns on our Flickr Group board.

This week, stay tuned to the Measurements post, as well as more on our inspiration file.


  1. Thanks for your analysis of the Knipmode and other patterns, very interesting. I'm enjoying this sew-along already!

  2. Hi Marina, I just noticed your sew-a-long and would love to join in. Thank you! I have Simplicity 2058 in my stash - it has princess seams - it does flare below the hip but this can easily be straightened - will most likely follow your drafting instructions in any case! Looking forward to it!
    Jo, Sydney, Australia

  3. Hello what is the difference between a pencil skirt and a princess seam pencil skirt

  4. Hi Marina, i love your sew along. It's very interesting to see how you make your stylish sewing projects. Just for the record: knipmode does not include seam allowences either.

  5. I'm going to join you in drafting from scratch! Fun times :)



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