Skirt WEEK 1 pt2: Fitting my Daughter's Pencil Skirt (Fitting Along June17)

Well hello everyone. I hope your week has been great. (Edited 6/10/17) Week 2 Week 1 is almost behind us in this skirt series edition of the wardrobe fit-along. Today I want to share with you the progress on fitting my daughter, Jennifer's pencil skirt. This is one of the skirts I am making as a thank you for her contributions to my live YouTube video demonstrations. Isn't she lucky!!

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First, let's talk about what a Pencil Skirt is compared to a basic straight skirt.  A pencil skirt is "pegged" at the hem and as a flat pattern is shaped like a bell.  The center back seam is usually gonna need a tad bit of shaping for the curvy figure, although, in this picture the back seam is straight.  This is a picture of a pencil skirt on me.  I made this a few years ago, here.
The difference between a pegged/ Pencil skirt and a basic Straight Skirt...
"A pencil skirt is a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut. Generally the hem falls to, or is just below, the knee and is tailored for a close fit. It is named for its shape: long and slim like a pencil." (Wikipedia)
I have Jennifer's fitting and pattern alterations done and the skirt cut to sew up this weekend. We will discuss that on the video next Thursday.  For now, I wanted you to see what I have done, in case it might help you prep your skirt pattern before you decide on a fabric. I did a livestream video showing our complete tissue fitting process, here, along with a slash and spread alteration for fitting the curvy buttocks or derriรจre. Click here to watch the video playlist if it's not visible in this blog post:

We both have a fairly round rears...commonly referred to as a "prominent buttock".   This is an area that causes us problems in pants and sheath dresses like this one here. That's why a center back seam is our best friend no matter the style garment. I can include a sway back adjustment both on the skirt as well as the bodice top section without too many modifications.
In these pictures, I'm just showing some of the shots and pics I took during our fitting of the tissue. Actually, it is Swedish Tracing paper, you can find here. The difference with this paper is that you can sew with it and then take it apart and lay it out on the fabric and cut out the garment. This helps save yourself time and money on muslin fabric. Win Win!!

The above pictures are just some of the other shots where I show how to adjust the high hip which actually exaggerates the curving of the center back seam. This adjustment was needed to shorten the area above the hip or horizontal balance line. As long as the HBL is straight it really doesn't matter what the area above the hip is doing. You can have extra darts as well as a curved center seam in order to get the fit you desire.

P.S....  Don't forget you have a 15% discount with Sew Much Fabric as part of this fit-along, up until June 17th.  Use my special code:  Skirts 

Thanks for following along with me as I share my fitting fun. Please remember to check out the prior post if you want to join in and share about you Skirt projects on my Facebook Page here.


  1. Thank you to Jennifer for being your Fit model and Thank you Andrea! Truly Appreciate all the information, time and graphic presentation you are providing for this fit along. Very professional and helpful ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. You are very welcome Ann. Thanks for participating.

  2. This was an valuable fitting session. So much wonderful information and it's so helpful to be able to watch the replay to make sure I soak it all up! Thank you and Jennifer for sharing. How do I get to Week #1?

    1. Thanks for catching that Faye. I have updated the post to list the correct week. I had to move ahead because of my daughter's schedule. I have to catch her when I can. Thanks for following along.

  3. I thought this was a great video session! It was very well explained and that is hard to find. Thank you and your daughter so much for your valuable time. Andrea be encouraged in the Lord because you are a GREAT TEACHER! You have been given a talent to sew, fit, and teach in a way that is easy to understand and that is a rare thing and a precious thing. Again thank y'all so much for taking the time. God BLess You and Yours!

    1. Sonya, you must know this was a welcome comment today. Thank you for taking the time to express your appreciation. I really do love what I do and totally enjoy every minute of each live video. I am glad to have you in the "virtual" audience! Thank you for participating and supporting my channel and my efforts. God Bless you!!!

  4. This doesn't have anything to do with your topic. But I found your sight because of the need to enlarge a pattern. THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU. I have been sewing most of my life and it has never seemed so easy. I will definitely be a follower


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