A Ten Minute Pencil Skirt to Show Off Your Curves


My ruggedly handsome husband has always loved my curves.

Me? Not so much.

It’s taken me a lifetime to start to appreciate my body. When I was very young, Twiggy was marketed as the ideal body type. For so long, in my mind, I didn’t feel like my curvy body was acceptable.

I’m so very happy for young girls today that our society is starting to recognize the beauty of curves.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for unhealthy eating and no exercise. I’m just glad that healthy curves are becoming more acceptable in our mainstream culture.

So often women with curves cover them up with baggy shirts and dresses.

But you don’t have to!

I think Christian Dior knew what he was doing when he introduced the pencil skirt in 1954. A pencil skirt looks great on so many different body types. How about showing off your curves in this easy to make pencil skirt?


All you need is a yard of heavy stretch knit fabric and some 1/2 inch elastic.


If you have an extra ten minutes, you can make one this morning and wear it this afternoon. It’ll probably take you longer to buy the fabric than to make the skirt.


Click here for the entire pencil skirt tutorial.

In other news:

If you live in the Minnesota area, you can watch my second guest appearance on the popular Sunday morning program, The Happi House, tomorrow at 9:00 am on the CW channel.


You guys get to see it before I do, so you’ll have to let me know what you think.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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14 Responses to A Ten Minute Pencil Skirt to Show Off Your Curves

  1. Margie says:

    I like the skirt fabric paired with the black top. And so easy!

  2. Mindi Atkin says:

    Cute skirt! I needed this inspiration today. Now, I want to buy me some fun knit fabric and start creating my pencil skirt. Easy tutorial. Thanks for creating and sharing your talents.

  3. janet says:

    That looks so nice on you! I like straight skirts, but no pencil for me. I’m not that brave or fit. A couple of weeks ago I did buy 2 beautiful floral print heavy weight knit fabrics, intending to make quick top out of them. The sales clerk told me people were buying that fabric for leggings (again, not me anymore).Also, I have a closet full of skirts (which didn’t stop me from buying 2 more fabrics to make skirts!). I will mull it over, though, what I should make with them, now.

  4. Noddfacrafts says:

    It’s many a year since I made a skirt on a Saturday to go out in on a Saturday night! Bring on next Saturday!

  5. felicia says:

    I like the specific measurements you give, for both the skirt and the elastic. I never know how much elastic to cut for pajama pants, yoga pants and leggings. I’m going to try your suggestion and see if it works for me.

  6. karen atlas says:

    Another must try, love your fabris!

  7. Mother Deer says:

    Really nice tutorial, Beth. Thanks for taking the time to share it.

  8. Yes ma’am! Yes ma’am! The color…the shape…the print. You are rocking that tribal skirt and I LOVE everything about it!!

  9. Peggy says:

    Super cute & it looks great on you.

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  11. L in NL says:

    This looks so easy to do with great results but depends on finding the right fabric. Where did you get yours and/or what’s it called?

  12. Laura Lucci says:

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial.

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