Fabric for Pencil Skirts: We suggest medium weight woven fabrics (they can have some stretch). Some examples are crepe, medium-weight cottons such as twill, linen, cotton/linen blends, denim or even suiting fabrics. Consider when you plan on wearing your skirt while you choose your fabric. If you are going to use it in a warm weather, stick with natural fibers! If you are planning to wear it for work, suiting fabrics are a good option; or if you want a casual skirt, denim or twill are your friends.
For the lining, we suggest light weight cotton fabrics such as voile or lawn. Another option is bemberg.
I found some great fabric options from around the web. You can click the number below the photo and it will lead you to the source.
- 1 yd of Muslin
- 1 yd of fashion fabric
- 1 invisible zipper 9″ in
- 1 yd interfacing (Pellon SF101 or similar)
- 1 yd of lining
- Hook and Bar Closure
if you are using striped or plaid fabric, you’ll want to get extra fabric to be sure you can match things up nicely.
If you’re participating in the sew-along with me, make sure you have gathered all your materials.
Fabric for Pencil Skirts Examples
You style options are unlimited! you can use different fabrics for many different looks. For inspiration, I posted some pictures in the Pencil Skirt Tutorial. Below are more examples with links to matching fabric.
If you are using a thick fabric, it’s a good idea to use a coordinating light-medium weight fabric for the facings to avoid bulky seams.
For a classic and elegant look, use a Striped Suiting fabric and Bemberg for the lining.
Beautiful and sophisticated pencil skirt using a Cream Twill fabric and Cotton Lawn for the Lining.
Use a Lightweight Denim – you don’t need to line it, but if you do, you can use a navy Bemberg for the lining
If you want a modern look, use Faux Leather fabric and Bemberg for the lining.
If you like bright colors, you can also use Twill fabric and Cotton Lawn for the Lining
For a fun and glamorous skirt, use Sequin fabric and Bemberg for the lining
I’ll love to see what are your fabric selections for your pencil skirts, post pictures in social media with the hashtag #mhspencilskirt or in our Facebook Group.
If you want to learn the basics of choosing and using your favorite fabrics, I highly recommend this class. Sandra Betzina teaches the different fabric options, example of projects you can make with specific fabrics, thread size, needle size, and also sewing tips for tricky fabrics. it is a great class!
Fabric Know-How: Choosing & Using Your Favorite Fabrics