introducing the liesl + co. extra-sharp pencil skirt sewing pattern

Do you remember last spring when I was thinking (and sewing) about pencil skirts? After a bit of playing around with a few different drafts, I’m pleased to present you with a pencil skirt pattern that I think you’re going to like quite a bit. It’s the new Liesl + Co. Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

I’ll tell you why I like this particular style. It’s got a side panel, which is sort of the equivalent of princess seams that allow you to easily adjust the pattern to fit your body precisely. No darts, just four seams that will allow you to customize the fit easily.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

Those four seams are close enough to the side of the skirt that they don’t interfere with bold prints, either, so you can use this pattern with almost any print that catches your eye. A bold graphic or a border print will work just fine. So would my custom-printed landscape. But you can also use the side panel for lots of fun effects.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.
We used Robert Kaufman’s Sevenberry Canvas Natural Dots in Green for this Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt

The pattern includes two views: View A ends just at or above the knee, and View B is a few inches longer to end just below the knee. View B also includes a bias-cut side panel, which will allow you to do all sort of fun things with the fabric.

But in addition to cutting the side panel on bias, you can color-block it or use your pattered fabric for different effects. For example, run a stripe up the side panel. Or use a different fabric. Stay tuned for a whole bunch of ideas for this; the Advisors Circle is working on a few things right now.

The pattern also includes an invisible zipper (the easiest zipper to sew, in my opinion, especially with our thorough instructions) and a proper walking vent (really easy to sew–you’ll be surprised) which you can choose to topstitch or leave unstitched so it’s nearly invisible when you’re wearing the skirt. I love a good walking vent. It looks complicated but is so easy.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

The pattern also includes a waistband facing similar to the waistband facing on our SoHo Shorts + Skirt, with thorough instructions for stabilizing the waistband so it doesn’t stretch out.

Here’s what the waistband facing looks like. I used a contrast fabric inside, just for the fun of it.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

Speaking of fabric, I love using a canvas or lightweight home-dec-type fabrics for this skirt for their slightly more substantial weight that has a little more structure. You can also use twill, denim, suiting, or even faux leather. For the skirts in these photos I chose two fabrics from Robert Kaufman: Sevenberry Canvas Natural Dots in Green and Sevenberry Nara Homespun in Indigo. For the pink and blue skirt on the pattern cover, I used a canvas I bought at Drygoods Design in Seattle during my book tour last year. (I’m afraid I have no idea who the manufacturer or designer is.)

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.
We used Robert Kaufman’s Sevenberry Nara Homespun in Indigo for this Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt.

It’s cute from the side, isn’t it? Some fabrics are very subtle and some make the side panel more obvious, so you can choose whether you want to play it up or not.

Introducing the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

Contrary to popular belief, I think almost anyone can wear a pencil skirt, especially if it’s fitted to your own body. Because it’s such a trim fit, it can be worn a variety of ways and dressed up or down. We styled it with a simple tee for these photos, but it would look very elegant and professional with a blouse or Classic Shirt, and it can be cute with an oversized tee or sweater (or sweatshirt!) for a more relaxed look. I love it with classic heels, short booties, and sandals for summer.

Here are a few ideas for you. This first group of photos shows a very basic pencil skirt in black, cream, or a subtle tartan in one case. You can get lots of looks from one skirt this way!

Styling ideas for the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

But it can also be fun to play with your fabric choices. I especially love the big black-and-white windowpane check, below.

Styling ideas for the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

And then of course you can really have fun with your fabrics as well! I love the large floral and the wide stripes. Play with the stripe direction on the side panels, too!

Styling ideas for the Liesl + Co Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern.

You can find all these photos and lots more in our Liesl + Co. Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt Pinterest board. Stay tuned for more ideas for this pattern from our Advisors Circle members, too!

You can purchase the Extra-Sharp Pencil Skirt sewing pattern now in both paper and digital format.

I hope this pattern will be a wardrobe basic for you! After all, there are so many ways you can sew and wear it, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you make it your own. Please share your makes with our Liesl + Co. Facebook Friends group as well as on social media with the tags #lieslandco and #extrasharppencilskirt.

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10 Comments

  1. I have so many ideas for this skirt! Bring on Autumn/winter as I think a pleather extra sharp pencil skirt, tights/boots and turtleneck might be my uniform!!

  2. Amy

    I am really excited about this pattern. This is my favorite skirt silhouette! It’s so flattering.

  3. Such a great design. Having no side seam would help with those annoying wrinkles that happen with a lot of pencil skirts. Love it.

    1. Glad you like it, Sarah! One big advantage of this pattern is that you can alter it to fit you exactly before you finish the waistband. It’s quite easy with the four seams.

  4. I have some leather hides ‘marinating’ in my stash, I wonder if this may be a good choice as a pattern?

    1. Absolutely! When I find the energy I’ll show you one I sewed for myself from faux leather when developing the pattern. I’m really happy with it!

  5. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for but have had a hard time finding a pattern that was simple yet had room for adjustment. Thank you – I’m excited to try it out in hot weather-friendly fabrics!

  6. Addie

    The details of this design are very appealing. I don’t have any need for skirts like this right now but I will keep it in mind for the future. I like the variety of fabrics you choose, showing the versatility of the pattern. All your models this season look especially lovely too.

  7. Helena

    I love pencil skirts for work and love the JCrew styling of pattern skirt with striped top. I am really looking forward to making this for my new job. I’m going to have to work out lining it for winter wear too I think.

  8. Tiffany

    I LOVE THIS SKIRT! I just finished mine today with a gorgeous black stretch wool. I decided to try it quickly for a party this weekend, and it’s perfect. Thank you!!!!

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