Everyday Knit Pencil Skirt Tutorial

There are loads of knit pencil skirt tutorials out there, and I have made some skirts before, using Mimi G’s tutorial.  

This time around, I wanted a gray knit pencil skirt, but I wanted one with side seams instead of a center back seam.  I also wanted a yoga waistband.  I love them.

The few tutorials I was able to find that had side-seams used an existing pencil skirt to make the pattern, but I didn’t have one.  So there was a bit of guess work on this one.

Using my measurements, I drafted my own.  And it worked!  I have to admit, I was a bit unsure if it would turn out ok, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I now have an excellent pencil skirt pattern that fits me perfectly and can be worn as a casual everyday skirt, or dressed up for evening.

Want to make your own?

I wanted just the right amount of tightness for my body, but feel free to play with the tutorial and add or subtract a bit if you want it more or less fitted.  You can also taper the side seams to make it tighter at the bottom.


-1 to 1 1/2 yard (60″W) jersey knit.  Make sure it is thick enough to not be see through.
-double needle
-matching thread
-pattern paper of some kind (I use medical exam room paper)

Lets get started making the pattern:

Now, follow my Everyday Skirt tutorial for sewing instructions.  That skirt is not a pencil skirt, but you will follow the exact same sewing instructions.

Read the following notes below before you get started:

*Use a 1/4″ seam allowance

*Before you attach your yoga waistband, try on the skirt inside out.  You may need to make some adjustments to the fit.  If it gapes in the curved top, pin close to your body.  Then draw your adjusted curve with chalk, and stitch up on your lines.  Once you have the fit right, go back to the tutorial and attach your waistband.

**For the hem, a double needle is a MUST.  Fold up 1″ and iron well.  Using your double needle, change your stitch length to a 2.8 or 3, and stitch hem.