Thank god for stretch velvet! I made this skirt in about an hour. I didn’t have a pattern for a stretch pencil skirt but I figured it couldn’t be that hard, and I used this tutorial. It was really fun and easy- you just take your measurements and then draw a rectangle with the length as the length you want the skirt and the width as your hip measurement, then you curve in to your waist measurement at the top and then also curve in a couple inches at the bottom to make the skirt tapered. For the waistband I just used the waistband from my Virginia Leggings pattern and doubled the width because I like a nice wide waistband.
The fabric is a purple stretch velvet I bought at Sewfisticated for $4.99 a yard and I stitched the whole thing up on my serger. I got the serger for Christmas and I’m completely thrilled with it. I could sew knits for daaayyys. The skirt proved kind of difficult to photograph because it’s such a dark color. But that’s what instagram is for- right? I filtered the crap out of the pictures so you could see the color of the velvet.
Once again I’d just like to say eat your heart out American Apparel. They’re charging $45 for this. I made mine for about $5. I also added about 6 inches of length to it compared to the AA version because, well, I’m getting too old for that shit.