Perky Stretch-Cotton Pencil Skirt

This winter has been a very long and very cold one for much of the United States and I for one am getting quite tired of it. So if I can’t beat the cold temperatures, my wardrobe can add some warmth to winter. Color…. bright and bold to counteract white snow and gray skies. For the brightest and bold color, I picked Mood Fabrics’ Nanette Lepore Orange Retro Print Stretch Cotton. It is just a mid-winter’s dream. I love this pop of color and it gives me hope spring is coming (only 40-some days away).

My pattern for this fabulous fabric is McCall’s 5523, a skirt that is business in the front, look at those classic lines…

Pencil skirt with kick pleat made from Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton skirt by  Nanette Lepore.

…but then a bit of party in the back. I wanted a pattern that would add a bit of fun to this vibrant fabric and this McCall’s pattern does just that. In fact, there is four choices for this lower back. I felt the pleats matched this fabric.

Pencil skirt with kick pleat made from Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton skirt by  Nanette Lepore.

I purchased just a yard of this fabric and I was so lucky to get this skirt out of the yard. I have made this pattern before and already know it runs long. I used the petite adjustment to take an inch from the length, which is a bit ironic since I am 5’8″ tall. It was a good solution to shorten the skirt and to match the horizontal lines at all the seams.

Pencil skirt with kick pleat made from Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton skirt by  Nanette Lepore.

I used an invisible zipper on the side seam of my skirt. One thing I do like to do when matching a zipper is to stitch a small section and then check my alignment. I feel this makes it easier–if the fabric print is not aligned, I just have to un-sew a small bit. In this case, my horizontal lines matched perfectly, so I just stitched the full length of the zipper.

I know one thing, Old Man Winter, go ahead bring on that 5″ of snow this week, I am ready for you. My spirit is lightened and warmed with this bright and bold new skirt!

Pencil skirt with kick pleat made from Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton skirt by  Nanette Lepore.

This fabric was wonderful to sew and pressed like a dream. I know I will wear it all year long and enjoy the bright and bold colors. Here is one final shot, this one shows off the fabric and the skirt the best.

Pencil skirt with kick pleat made from Mood Fabrics' stretch cotton skirt by  Nanette Lepore.

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Comments


  • Helena
    February 11, 2014

    It really is so cheery and bright, I love it! The shape is fantastic!

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Helena, I really like the shape, too but love, love the fabric!

  • Amanda S.
    February 11, 2014

    Great skirt and pattern! (I have made it several times myself.) You’ll be able to wear this for spring and summer too.

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Amanda, yes, the fabric is perfect for year round.

  • Ginger
    February 11, 2014

    This is so cute! I love the print, and the back pleats!

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, yes, the pleats and the print are perfect.

  • Monica
    February 11, 2014

    Your skirt looks very nice on you and I do like the warmth of the red. I’m looking forward to learning who will join you as Mood Sewing Network bloggers.

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Monica, the print does have great warm tones. It is exciting around here at Mood Sewing Network.

  • Angela
    February 11, 2014

    Love it!!! Great job. The fit is excellent. Thanks for the petite tip.

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Angela, I do like how this one fits.

  • Peter
    February 11, 2014

    The skirt looks great. Bring on the spring!

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Peter, maybe if we keep saying bring on spring it will come sooner!

  • Katy
    February 12, 2014

    Very nice work! An inspiration.

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Katy, I like this pattern and the fabric is wonderful.

  • Sallie
    February 12, 2014

    Gorgeous!! I love the bright, cheery print, and that fun, flirty pleat detail in the back! Definitely the kind of skirt that is needed for these cold, dreary days!

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Pleats are fun, Sallie, the color of the fabric sure helps brighten the day.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 12, 2014

    C U T E ! Would you believe I also bought this fabric? Your skirt is delightful and one I know you will enjoy!

    • Lori
      February 12, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, this fabric does look just like you. Have fun sewing it in your beautiful sewing room.

  • Darlene
    February 20, 2014

    Wow, your skirt came out beautiful !! Really cute pattern for that fabric. Looks awesome!

    • Lori
      February 24, 2014

      Thank you, Darlene, I really like the combination.

  • Judy
    March 1, 2014

    Super cute skirt! Love the back details. And love that you paired it with black and white–i wear a ton of B&W but usually with solid skirts. You’ve inspired me!