A pencil skirt is a classic staple piece for your summer wardrobe. Here’s how to get extra mileage from your skirt with a reversible style hack!
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Hack Your Pencil Skirt
I love summer skirts! They are much more comfortable to wear and look nicer than shorts for summer. I picked up this easy sewing pattern a year ago and have been looking for just the right fabric to use. Originally, I intended to make the full skirt. However, because I wear a plus size, the recommended fabrics are all too narrow for the full skirt. I brought home several different widths of fabric thinking at least one of them would work but none did. It is rather frustrating when width of fabric that is marked on the bolt in the store isn’t actually true once you measure it yourself. Most cottons wovens are marked 44-45″. They are, however, actually 42-43″. If you are cutting a small size, it’s not a problem. But for larger sizes you either have to piece the fabric together to get the pattern to fit, or make a different skirt. I finally decided it was easiest just to make the pencil skirt.
Reversible Skirt Frustration
After looking at the pattern (McCalls M7129), I was surprised to notice that only the full skirt was reversible. Why not make the pencil skirt reversible too? It’s the same sewing process as the full skirt, with only a few small adjustments. I used two fabrics from the dollar bin at Walmart for this skirt. Even though they are narrow at only 42″ wide, I had enough fabric to make it work.
Reversible Pencil Skirt Directions
1. Cut out the pattern according to manufacturers directions. Sew the front and back skirt darts in the fashion fabric and also the lining fabric.
2. Place front and back pieces with wrong sides together while matching raw side seams edges and darts. Baste around outside edge 3/8″ from raw edges to hold them together.
3. Sew the side seams together with a flat felled seam. Here’s a video demo of my technique:
4. Use self-made bias binding (see the full tutorial here) and finish the skirt front raw edges. Repeat for the hem with more bias binding. Here’s another video demo on how to cut the binding:
5. Stitch the waist band in place with extension for tying as per the pattern sewing directions. Add an additional tie 5″ long on the inside of the waistband to use when the skirt is reversed. Stitch in place.
Skirt Hack Conclusions
The finished skirt is easy to wear and also flip for a new look. I am anxious to make a couple more of these, I am sure it will be part of my summer capsule wardrobe! Crisp cotton or linen wovens are my top choices for this summer skirt, but you could also use knits in this style if you prefer. I would love to see your makes posted in the Chambray Blues Sewing Facebook group!
I styled my skirt with a #memade t-shirt and a store bought denim jacket. The hat is a thrifted purchase which I will love wearing all summer long. Be on the lookout for the t-shirt tutorial which will be coming soon!
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