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« on: July 24, 2009 11:39:47 AM »

soooo, i've seen some posts with questions about pencil skirts, and it so happens i just made one!
i wanted something sort of like this: http://www.chinatowner.com/storefront/viewDetailProduct.aspx?flagSide=0&sku=33484&color=Red

i don't have a before photo, but basically i had long stretchy red pants with a tie-waist, and the crotch kept ripping, so i decided to make them into something without a crotch. i just took apart the seams, cut the panels to the length i wanted, and sewed down the sides in the shape i wanted- so there are 4 seams to give it shape, plus the stretchiness makes it fit well. the top-waist part i did separately, then lined the seams up and attached it, added some darts and a zipper. and big plastic buttons, of course.

here it is:

and the back:
not quite a smooth seam, as you can see. i'll have to iron it and re-sew.

alright, i've never made a tutorial before, so bear with me. here's how it goes:

turn yr pants inside out, and they're probly made of 4 pieces like this:

with a seam-ripper, rip apart the inside seam (the one with the check) but not the outside seam (the one with the X). Now you have two pieces. Fold each piece in half along the seam and cut on the red line (adjust the length according to how long you want the skirt to be):

Now flip your two pieces upside down, and rip down one of the old seams (where the arrow points) just enough so you can put the zipper in (but don't put it in yet)

Now put your two halves together, outsides in, and sew down the seams. Try it on- if you can't get into it, rip down your zipper seam a little farther.
From your leftover fabric cut 4 pieces in this shape:

The measurement of the longer edge should equal the measurement of the top of your skirt divided by four. The measurement of the shorter edge should be your waist measurement divided by 4.
Sew these pieces together into one long strip.

Now pin this strip to the top of your skirt so that the edges line up with the space you left for the zipper. Sew it down.
Now just put in the zipper and hem the top and the bottom, and you're done! If you need to add darts to make it fit properly, I'd do that by taking in one of the four seams that are already there.

OH, if you follow this the seams won't line up the way they do on mine though- you'll have seams in the front and back and down the sides. If your fabric is stretchy you could probly just turn it, which is what i did, but if your fabric doesn't give much it might hang funny if you do that.
I hope that makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions.

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009 12:59:50 PM »

Oh, I really like it! As for the suspenders, you could make detachable ones (I love my suspendered pencil skirt, but the suspenders don't always work with the top I want to wear!) by sewing buttons on the inside of the skirt (where you'd want the suspenders to start & end in the front and back waistband) and matching those up with button holes in the bottom of the suspenders...if that makes any sense  Tongue
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009 01:03:55 PM »

This is so cute!
I love it.
I agree with quaint's idea.

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009 01:17:02 PM »

I think yours came out better looking then the one from that link. Cheesy As for the suspenders I agree with Boo_its_Brittany in making them detachable.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009 01:26:40 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009 01:40:20 PM »

Cute skirt!!  I also agree that you should make the suspenders detachable... You said the fabric is stretchy, but it reminds me of corduroy. 

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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009 01:40:57 PM »

thanks everyone! i'll get started on some detachable suspenders.
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009 03:39:10 PM »

Very cute as is- fuck the suspenders!!
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2009 01:13:54 AM »

I love, love, LOVE it!!!!!  And I agree that it looks better than the inspiration.

I have a pair of red pants that now need to be pencil skirtified, but I'm mildly retarded.  Do you think that you could add a tute of the shapes that you cut the pieces into?
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2009 12:06:38 PM »

Added a tutorial. If the pants you're using are stretchy and/or fit you well-loosely, then just cut as close to the edges as you can and the skirt should fit too. I'd love to see pictures if anyone makes one!
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