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Sewing Pattern - The Pencil Skirt 483

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Make a Pencil Skirt in fact make lots of them and you will never be short of a sophisticated look.

This sewing pattern can be made in Wool, Linen, Denim, Leather, Suede and is wonderful in Corduroy.

See the adaptation for a front vent. Instructions included in the Members Download.

Phot of Sewing Pattern for a Classic Pencil Skirt, Download On lIne PDF Sewing Pattern 483

A Classic Pencil Skirt - Pattern 483

Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern, technical  drawing of the pencil skirt

Sewing Tip - Matching Stripes and Checks

The most important thing is to be able to see the pattern clearly when you are cutting out.

It is much easier to cut the fabric as a single layer, right side up. Print two copies of the pattern and after cutting out, turn one set over. Tape the fronts together.

If your fabric is wide you can place the pieces lined up to the checks, side by side.  If narrower then just work it out so that the side seam, say at hip level, is on the same stripe of the pattern.

You will have to decide where the centre back seam and centre front should come and what looks best. When sewing, pin seams very carefully at right angles to the edge, lining up the pattern and use a lot of pins to stop the fabric shifting. Sew over the pins, slowly using a sharp needle in your machine.

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Jeans and Trousers

Women's Jeans Pattern No 948 - Authentic Blue Jeans. Much research has gone into this pattern to produce a perfect fit. Make it up in Denim with a little stretch (5% Elastine or Spandex ). Follow my Jeans Sew Along video series.

Men's Jeans Pattern No M983 - By popular demand from my male members. This pattern is drafted for selvedge denim in particular but works just as well with traditional non-stretch denim. Jeans Sew Along video.

Slim Cut Trousers Pattern No 921 - Plain cut trousers. No waistband or fly zip to worry about. Use petersham tape at the waist and an easy invisible zip at the side or back seam. Add pockets if you like.

Sophisticated Front Pleated Trousers Pattern 931 - Trousers for smarter occasions perhaps. Front pleats and slant pockets. An invisible zip in the back gives you a faultless silhouette. A silk shirt bloused will take you to any occasion. I have a Sew Along video for this Pattern.

 

Shirts, T-Shirts and Tops

Fitted Shirt with Frills Pattern No 545 - This pattern is perfect for day or evening wear. Wear it with a tailored suit or beneath a smart cardigan. Wonderful with an evening trouser suit or just a velvet skirt. A great shirt worn with with jeans too. A How to Sew eBook comes with this pattern.

Classic Man's Cut Shirt Pattern No 540 - The man's cut shirt. I have made this dozens of times and never tire of the shape. Sewing the Silk Shirt Sew Along.

Sleeveless Top Pattern No 532 - This is probably about the simplest form of garment you can imagine for your wardrobe. However it is the most useful and you will never tire of making it. See the Sewing Lessons Here

T-Shirts and Vest Collection Patterns 500, 501, 502 ,1501, 1502 - Classic jersey T-shirts & Vests. So many uses. Wear with jeans, the pencil skirt, under the shift and the pinafore dress, under the waistcoat and tucked into the front pleated trousers. Watch How to Sew T-Shirts and Lessons in Sewing Jersey

Raglan Sleeve Sweatshirt Pattern No 512 - The very useful Raglan Sleeve Sweatshirt Sewing Pattern. You can't have too many in your wardrobe. Of course it goes really well with the jeans.

Waistcoat Pattern No 836 - A neat little waistcoat with decorative frog fastening. Princess seaming.

 

Exercise, Leisure and Swim Wear

Jersey Body, All in One Pattern No 953 - Of course, a really practical and comfortable solution for exercise. This pattern is very popular for wearing to ballet class. Also great under a cotton shift.

Jersey Leggings Pattern No 936 - Leggings for everyday dressing have been around for a few years now. These are so easy to make. Great too of course for your exercise classes.

Jersey Boxy Work-Out Vest Pattern No 547 - A very boxy, very loose fitting jersey top. You can wear this over other tops.

Swimming Costume Classic Pattern No 206 - Make this up in two-way stretch Lycra. There is such a wonderful variety of colours and designs for swimwear sewing these days. Watch my Swimwear Sewing Lessons here

 

Jackets and Coats

Roll Collar Coat Pattern No 692 - One of the very best coat designs. Wear with just about everything. Making this up is a great way to learn the principle of sewing a roll collar. Watch the Roll Collar Coat Sew Along

Soft Tailored Jacket Pattern No 615 - This soft tailored jacket is the easiest of jackets to sew. Collarless and with easy in-seam pockets. A little bit of saddle stitching gives it a certain sophistication.

Yoked and Gathered Coat Pattern No 673 - Another coat. This one is quite different though. Roomy but elegant, this smock type coat will suit any figure type. No fitting required! Wear it belted or flowing.

 

Dresses

Pinafore Dress Pattern No 721 - Making up the pinafore dress is a sewing lesson in just about everything apart from sewing sleeves. Learn about darts, zips, patch pockets, embroidery, topstitching. See my very first tutorial Make a Dress and then again, watch the Add a Lining version.

Sun Dress Pattern No 783 - Another very popular pattern. Quite a nostalgic shape reminding me of long summers and school holidays!

Jersey Flare Dress Pattern No 781 - A great shape for an elegant jersey dress. For day or evening. Plenty of movement. Popular for Dance Classes.

Classic Sleeveless Shirt Pattern 763 - A perfect Shirt Dress. Make it up in linen, wool, leather even. Add hand stitched Saddle Stitching.

Jersey Sleeveless Shift Dress Pattern 722 - Jersey shift with a stand collar. Very cool, sporty but elegant.

Jersey Polo Neck Dress Pattern 729 - Very easy polo neck dress with a high neck. Nicely shaped for easy dressing. This pattern comes in just small/medium/large. Looks wonderful made up in a Jersey Print.

Jersey RaRa Pattern No 785 - This is a very popular download. The RaRa shape is never out of fashion it appears. It is great for summer on the beach, cute for your exercise class and generally easy dressing for everyday

 

Skirts

Classic Pencil Skirt Pattern 483 - A classic Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern is a must sew for anyone wanting a versatile, wearable wardrobe that is equipped for every occasion.

 

Extras

Gathered Skirt and Stand Collar Combo Pattern No 727 - A pattern combination to get you started on combining patterns and shapes to be your own designer. Here I have combined a gathered skirt, bold breast pocket and high stand collar with the jersey shift shape, pattern 722. Try it with lurex jersey and lace skirt for evenings.

Simple Block/Sloper for Designers Pattern No 101 - An example of a basic block. Minimum ease. Use this to create endless variations. Or learn to Cut Your Own Patterns Here

 

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