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« on: November 23, 2007 03:40:58 PM »


I want a pencil skirt,I'm not going to pay 70.00 for a casual one from a Rockabilly store or something so I figured I'd make my own.
Any of you curvy gals have any recommendations or any of pencil skirt patterns you have tried?
Even when I'm on what is considered to be the thiner side for me,they still fit me weird cause I gots a big o'l butt,plus allot of them are high waisted and they always never to seem to fight right in the waist and the butt.
I have tried a few that are "regular" patterns that go up to plus sizes but they still fit kind of weird like to big in one part and to tight across the belly ect.
Any tips on good patterns I can look into would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2007 01:03:04 AM »

I've looked for ages and never found a commercial pattern (or a store bought pencil skirt) that I really liked. I finally made my own pattern, based on a tutorial on whatthecraft.com. The construction is really simple (no waistband, no lining, etc) but it works great for me. And after a little fiddling, it fits exactly as I want it to. I usually use a bottom weight fabric with 2-way stretch (I have another pattern for fabrics with no stretch. Separate patterns for high- and low-waisted skirts too.). I can't link directly to the tute, but you can find it at http://whatthecraft.com> tutorials> pencil skirt. I know it's not exactly what you're looking for, but I thought it might help. Smiley 
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2007 03:08:58 PM »

Thanks a ton for that.Same here even when I'm like a size 8 which is like stick thin for me it's still hard to get one to fit right.I guess because it's such a tailored item.Thanks for the link to whatthecraft I'm going to check it out Smiley
I had found this one http://www.butterick.com/item/B4557.htm?tab=large_sizes&page=4 that could be tricked out into a pencil skirt but again if I'm going to go through that trouble I might as well just use the pattern from whatthecraft.
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I've looked for ages and never found a commercial pattern (or a store bought pencil skirt) that I really liked. I finally made my own pattern, based on a tutorial on whatthecraft.com. The construction is really simple (no waistband, no lining, etc) but it works great for me. And after a little fiddling, it fits exactly as I want it to. I usually use a bottom weight fabric with 2-way stretch (I have another pattern for fabrics with no stretch. Separate patterns for high- and low-waisted skirts too.). I can't link directly to the tute, but you can find it at http://whatthecraft.com> tutorials> pencil skirt. I know it's not exactly what you're looking for, but I thought it might help. Smiley 
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2007 12:19:36 AM »

No problem! Sound like we have pretty much the same fit-related frustrations. And yeah, it's definitely not the kind of thing that you can just throw on a belt and pretend that it fits.
if I'm going to go through that trouble I might as well just use the pattern from whatthecraft.
That's exactly why I gave up on buying them. I figured if I was going to all that trouble altering a skirt or pattern, I might as well just start from scratch. That Butterick pattern does look really similar. I made this one this evening, I figured I'd snap a couple of pics to give you an idea of what mine look like, at least. And the back (it fits me but not my dress form, hence all the wrinkling). It only took me an hour, so it really is less hassle than buying one.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2007 03:48:23 PM »

i'm planning on making the whatthecraft pencil skirt, and i was actually wondering what i should pair with it for a top.  i'll probably do it at my natural waist (lest i do it for the low waist and have it fall down under my pudge), but i don't want my top to be that high, i think i'll have funny proportions (i'm 5' 2")

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2008 12:58:38 PM »

I've been just using a basic straight skirt pattern with an elastic waistband (which I prefer) and the pattern is basically a rectangle, with a tiny bit of curve. I just start with that and taper and shape to my body, which has been working pretty well. That way it fits ME and not whoever designed the pattern.

(I wouldn't have bothered with the pattern, but I happened to have one in my stash so I figured I might as well make it work for its money)

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2008 02:25:47 PM »

I came across this tutorial yesterday, how to make a pencil skirt from non-stretch fabric, on punkrockdomestics:

http://www.punkrockdomestics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=25872
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009 08:01:08 AM »

The linked tutorial is great! I've never followed a tutorial before but the OP did a great job. I am wondering a couple of things. Why do some patterns and certain pieces of clothing use 2 pieces of fabric to make one whole part of the clothing article?

Like this skirt uses 4 pieces of fabric to make two hole pieces. I hate buying clothes like that. I think it makes the clothes look cheap. Also, is the zipper on the bottom of the skirt in the tute optional?

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I came across this tutorial yesterday, how to make a pencil skirt from non-stretch fabric, on punkrockdomestics:

http://www.punkrockdomestics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=25872
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2009 01:44:14 PM »

Yes, the bottom zipper is optional, as the poster says at the beginning of the tute.  And the reason why some garments are made of more pieces than you'd think necessary is to give them shape.  In this tutorial, you need to cut the cloth to apply the zipper, but if you want to you can just make the slit needed to apply it (although it will give you extra work).  But usually, when you find a skirt make of, let's say four pieces instead of two, it is to achieve a specific shape.  Not all seams are straight lines.  Actually, most aren't.  Straight lines will give you badly finished stuff, since it won't fit your body correctly - your body isn't straight, right?  So, actually, the more pieces are used in a pattern the more structured the garment is meant to be.  Look at these Armani skirts:
http://www.worldculturepictorial.com/images/content_2/giorgio-armani_prive_ss-2009.jpg
You could never, ever, achieve that shape with less seams.  And they are certainly not cheap stuff.  So, when you look at a seam, ask yourself what difference it makes to the garment by being there.
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009 11:26:26 AM »

If you want a more "scientific" way to make perfect fitting skirts, make a sloper. (Like the one in this tutorial.)  Skirt slopers are really simple and quick to make. It's basically a skirt base made from your measurements that you can use to make all kinds of skirts.

Form the sloper you can use a reference like this for inspiration. I hardly ever but skirt patterns anymore, this is an easy way to make perfect fitting patterns. Smiley
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