Paneled Pencil Skirt

knit panel pencil skirt

I absolutely adore sweaters and pencil skirts.  It’s such a great way to quickly look pulled together and polished.

knit panel pencil skirt

The sweater is from my closet.  And the skirt is Vogue 8603.  I originally made a denim pencil skirt from this pattern a few years ago.

knit panel pencil skirt

When I bought this sweater knit fabric from Mood Fabrics.com, I had something else in mind for it.  But as it turns out from time to time, an online fabric purchase isn’t exactly what you thought it would be.  [Editor’s note: Mood strongly recommends getting a swatch before you make a purchase.] I wanted to use the fabric for an actual sweater.  But it felt too heavy for the pullover sweater that I had in mind.  Nevertheless, I made it work into some entirely different.  This paneled skirt.

knit panel pencil skirt

I used the sweater knit and black ponte knit from my stash.  I still added a zipper, but omitted the vent. Instead of this being a total loss and just another piece of fabric clogging up my stash, I “made it work”.  I think it was a great save and cool wardrobe addition for this fall.

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Comments


  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    October 16, 2012

    I’ve eyed this sweater knit previously…and I’ve never thought to use it this way in a skirt. I’ve always thought “a jacket! a cape!” but skirt, no! I like it…the paneled structure with the black ponte is very flattering. I might have to try this myself. Love it, Erica!

    • Erica B
      October 16, 2012

      Thanks MB!

  • Cidell
    October 16, 2012

    What a great idea! I never would have thought a dense knit like this could work in a skirt. Tres cool.

    • Erica B
      October 16, 2012

      Cidell, I’ve been seeing a lot of boucle skirts, so I said why not! Thanks!

  • oonaballoona
    October 17, 2012

    oh, i’m glad this didn’t make it as a sweater, because this is AWESOME. i love that panel, it’s so different!!

  • Erica B
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks Oona!

  • Amy
    October 17, 2012

    What a great skirt! I have a BurdaStyle pencil skirt pattern that would be easily converted into a panel skirt like this. Hmmm… Thanks for always providing such great ideas and inspiration!

    • Erica B
      October 17, 2012

      Thanks Amy!

  • Ginger
    October 17, 2012

    This looks amazing! I love the look of the paneled skirt! Way to make it work!

    • Erica B
      October 17, 2012

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Carolyn
    October 17, 2012

    Love how you used the knit fabric as the front panels! Terrific skirt and styling!

    • Carolyn
      October 17, 2012

      That should be front and back panels!!!

      • Erica B
        October 17, 2012

        Thanks Carolyn!

  • Betty
    October 18, 2012

    What a great idea. I am seeing a cable knit panel in gold with that black…too much? Did you underline or use fusible interfacing to give the knit more body?

    • Erica B
      October 18, 2012

      Never too much Betty! I only fused the facings. Thanks!

  • Amanda S.
    October 18, 2012

    Great use of the fabric, Erica. I love the textural quality of the sweater knit, and all the colors you can pair with it. What a versatile addition to your closet!

    • Erica B
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Carol
    October 19, 2012

    I love your creative use of the striped knit as a panel. Just ordered some and thought maybe for the front panel of a sweater with raglan sleeves and a turtle neck…or a scarf or a vest or watch cap? It has the look of the horizon and the great outdoors. Could be perfect as a sweater/jacket for birdwatching this time of year.

  • Erica B
    October 19, 2012

    Good luck with your project Carol. Thanks!

  • Diana Deap
    October 22, 2012

    Very interesting skirt. Looks smashing with the pullover.

  • Erica B
    October 23, 2012

    Thanks Diana!

  • Heather Reisig
    November 12, 2012

    *LOVE LOVE LOVE* that skirt. And may I say your *ss looks terrific!