Take the colour blocking trend in a sophisticated direction with this burgundy, beige and black pencil skirt.
- Fabric: 0.5m of any thick stretch fabric (look for bodycon fabrics) in three colours
NOTE: The skirt is made entirely to your own measurements, use a tape measure and follow the formulas carefully. Overlock all pieces. All seams have a 1cm seam allowance, except the hem, which is 2cm.
Waist = measurement A
Hip = measurement B
Seat (widest part over your bum) = measurement C
Length (from your waist, your desired length) = measurement D
FOR THE BODY OF THE SKIRT
- Download the template. DOWNLOAD PDF
- Cut 2 black rectangles: (C + 12cm) ÷ 6 = E (width) D – 10cm = F (length)
- Cut 2 beige rectangles: E = width (F x 0.66) + 1cm = G (length)
- Cut 2 L-shaped beige pieces (remember to cut your fabric right sides facing):
E = Top Width
E – 2cm = I (Middle Width)
(E x 2) – 2cm = J (Bottom Width)
F = Left Length
G – 2cm = K (Middle Length)
F – G = L (Right Length)
- Stitch 3 coloured shapes together to form one front and a back panel, which will mirror each other. Remember to sew right sides facing and press open all seams.
- You now need to taper to the waist: (A + 2cm) ÷ 4 = M
From the mid-point of the top of each panel measure M to either side. From M you want to taper down 20cm of the length (see diagram).
- Stitch the front and back panel together. Press open seams.
FOR THE BLACK BAND AT THE HEM
- Cut a strip of black fabric: C + 2cm = Length 12cm + 3cm = Width
- Fold in half (right sides facing) and stitch the ends together to create a band. Attach the band to the bottom of the body of the skirt (right sides facing). Press open seams. Turn up a 2cm hem and hand tack.
FOR THE INSIDE WAISTBAND
- Cut a strip of black fabric:
A = Length
5cm = Width
- Fold in half (right sides facing) and stitch the ends together to create a band. Attach the band to waistband (right sides facing) and turn in and press.
Magazine issue date: Jun, 2014