I found a cute skirt from Flirtee and decided to recreate it.
I found a few patterns in my collection for my Inspiration. Both patterns I measured medium and they’re both FREE!
A good starting point is the Patterns for Pirates Peg Leg shorties and the Patterns for Pirates pencil skirt. Shorts under my skirt makes me feel much more secure on the course. I made the entire skirt out of Phee Fabrics Tricot. It is a light, airy, antimicrobial, and quick drying.
Construct your shorties based on the pattern, including hemming, up to the point that you would add the waistband, then put them aside. Important: typically you would not start here but I do this to avoid stitching my bottom flounce piece into the hem.
To achieve the added flair to the pencil skirt:
- I drafted three 4″ flounces to go across the back of the skirt. If you have not done a flounce before, think of it like a little circle skirt but you cut a line through one side of it. Drafting flounces takes a little math and I will explain it in the next paragraph.
- After cutting the flounces, stitch them down using a stretch stitch and following the chalk lines. The top of the flounces should be “upside down”
- After the flounces are stitched down, serge the skirt together. Important: you want the flounces to go slightly into the side seem so they will look like part of the back of the skirt.
- Figure out the point that you want the flounces to start on the garment and measure. Side seam to side seam horizontally is what I chose.
- Repeat this step 3 times and mark your lines on the back skirt panel using a ruler and chalk pen.
- How wide do you want the flounce? Once you know that, divide that number by 3.14. This will give you the radius needed for a half circle. However, for a full circle (which is what you need) you must divide the result by 2.
- Use this number to draft the first circle line.
- Measure from the point of your first circle cut down (the first circle line is 4″ down to make the flounce 4″ or what width you choose) to the length that you would like, as mentioned above I measured mine to be 4 inches and don’t hem the Tricot because it doesn’t fray.
And just like that you have your flounces!
- Your shorts and skirt should have the side seams are constructed and hemmed at this point.
- Now you can add the waistband. You will only be using one waistband because the shorts and the skirt will be attached.
- To add the waistband, you will want to measure it off in quarters and put pins at each quarter point. You will do the same for your skirt. After quartering take your shorties and skirt and clip or pin them all together stretching the waistband (not the skirt or shorties) just enough to make it line up.
- Now you can serge it all together