Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dress #9 -- Gertie's Pencil Skirt

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.

Gertie modeling the pencil skirt from her book:

Wearing the skirt out in the wild!

Made a leopard version, too:


  1. Nicely done! The plaid pattern is smashing.

  2. GLooks super cute. I wanted to use her book this summer to make some pieces good to know about the extra ease. thanks :)


Dress #8 -- Simplicity 7382 (1976)