Hey everyone! I'm in a bit of a sewing lull right now -- mostly because of time -- but I'm still squeezing stuff in. I completed Gertie's Pencil Skirt in a matter of hours. The pattern came inside her book Gertie's New Book For Better Sewing and it only took me a few minutes to trace the pieces. There are four pieces total. My husband picked out the material from my stash -- School Uniform Plaid. The material is 100% medium weight polyester to it is a bit stiff and course, there is no stretch to it, and it hangs perfectly straight. PERFECT for a pencil skirt!
Sewing the skirt up was super easy and only took me about 2 hours. The only mistake I made was tracing a size 12 pattern. IT WAS HUGE. I had to come down to an 8. If you have 31" waist, 41" hips, and like your pencil skirts on the tighter side, go for the 8!
You can't tell from this picture, but the skirt does taper down at the hem. There is a slit in the back, also. I was impressed by the drafting of the skirt -- aside from the excessive ease, the hips are perfectly curved, the hem is nicely tapered, and the waistband is awesomely thick (I like thick waistbands!) I'm going to make this skirt again in a trashy leopard print material.
Made a leopard version, too: