Monday, December 08, 2008

The Ruffle Pencil Skirt

I was at the mall last week and it seemed that every store I saw had a version of this skirt. I saw them at different price points, primarily junior dept./low-end. Me being who I am, I thoroughly examined them and saw that most were cheaply made. Even though I really, really liked the style and started envisioning how I would wear it, I knew I'd never buy one of those. I would just have to make it and make it better than the RTW versions.

Since I didn't remember seeing a pattern like this, I decided I'd just draft one. It's just a simple pencil skirt with a cascading ruffle, how difficult could that be?

Project Details:

Pattern: Self-drafted
Fabric: Wool blend I've had stashed for a couple of years
Notions: 7" Invisible zipper; hook and eye

Description: A pencil skirt updated with a side cascading ruffle detail.

The skirt is just a plain ole pencil skirt with a back slit that I added a ruffle to. The drafting of the skirt was very easy, it was the ruffle that took about three tries to get right. I turned to "Couture: The Art of Fine Sewing" for directions. My info was taken from chapter 15 - Circular Ruffles. Ummm... there was a quick lesson involved in re-learning how to find the circumference and radius of a circle and I had to borrow a compass from one of the kids... LOL! Here is how I drafted my ruffle:

I decided to serge the edge of the ruffle instead of hemming. I attached it by just sewing it to the skirt... clipping the curve as needed. The skirt also has a back slit and I lined it.


  1. This is super cute! I'm not much of a seamstress, but maybe I could get my mama to make this for me. Keep up your gifted creative juices!