Fabric for Pencil Skirts

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.

You’ll need:

  • 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.


Fabric for Pencil Skirts


For a classic and elegant look, use a Striped Suiting fabric and Bemberg for the lining.



Fabric for Pencil Skirts


Beautiful and sophisticated pencil skirt using a Cream Twill fabric and Cotton Lawn for the Lining.



Fabric for Pencil Skirts


Use a Lightweight Denim – you don’t need to line it, but if you do, you can use a navy Bemberg for the lining



Fabric for Pencil Skirts


If you want a modern look, use Faux Leather fabric and Bemberg for the lining.


Fabric for Pencil Skirts


If you like bright colors, you can also use Twill fabric and Cotton Lawn for the Lining


Fabric for Pencil Skirts

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.


Happy Sewing,


Pencil Skirt Lining With Mitered Hem

Attaching the Pencil Skirt Lining includes: Constructing the Lining Sewing the Lining to the Facing Sewing the Lining to the Back Vent Finishing   Step 5: Constructing the Lining Stitch front to back together at... Read More

Pencil Skirt Construction Part 2

Pencil Skirt Construction Part 2 includes: Constructing the Facing Back Vent with Mitered Hem   Step 4: Constructing the Facing Stitch the Front Facing to the Back Facings side seams.  You’ll have a one rounded Facing Piece. If... Read More

Pencil Skirt Construction Part 1

Pencil Skirt Construction Part 1 includes: Sewing the darts Installation of the Invisible Zipper Sewing the side seams Step 1: Sewing the Darts Make a small cut on your fabric to mark the dart notches. Awl punch... Read More

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