The Wild Side Pencil Skirt

Leopard Print Jersey

Let’s start this out with a wardrobe confession: this is my first pencil skirt ever! Not the first one I’ve made, but the first one I’ve worn (or even tried on)! I love the silhouette on other people, but I worried that it wouldn’t do any favors for my rectangular shape. But when I spotted this sweater knit at Mood, I knew it had to be a pencil skirt!

Leopard Print Jersey

I didn’t have much time to sew this month, and really didn’t want to tinker with fit and muslins, so I used the skirt portion of my vintage McCall’s 5995 pattern and added a waistband. Now I know why Carolyn loves TNT patterns so much– it’s such a breeze to jump right into sewing without worrying about fit! I felt a little dumpy after I put the skirt together, so I pegged it at the hemline (8″ total), and now it feels just right!

Leopard Print Jersey

I really like this fabric– it’s heavy enough to give me plenty of coverage (no gross bumps, lumps, or panty lines!), but it’s got enough stretch content to make it sleek and figure-hugging. And I love that it’s a subdued (dare I say sophisticated?) spin on a leopard print. I wavered a bit about the fabric at the store, but when I put the bolt down, several other shoppers started hovering around it and I nearly had to wrestle it out of another woman’s arms!

Leopard Print Jersey

I realized as I was nearly finished with the skirt that I don’t have a single black top. Not one! So I dashed off to Mood at the next available moment and grabbed some organic jersey to make a quick Renfrew. The jersey washed up really soft, and it’s one of my most comfortable tees! I’m sure I’ll be getting lots of use out of it!

How do you guys feel about pencil skirts? Love ‘em? Hate ‘em? Fearful? And what about animal prints? Do they bring out your inner “meeeeeyooooow”, or do you think they should be reserved only for Real Housewives of Wherever?

Editor’s note: Check out Mood’s sweater and novelty knits here to make a skirt like Ginger’s. And Ginger, we’re all for animal prints here at Mood!

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    December 21, 2012

    Love the outfit! It’s really flattering on you, especially with the pegged hem.

    • Ginger
      December 22, 2012

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Carolyn
    December 21, 2012

    This is such a kewl skirt! I am loving it! And isn’t it nice to just sew something, knowing that it will fit…that’s why I love TNT patterns soooooo much.

    • Ginger
      December 22, 2012

      Thanks, lady! I’ve got to get a few more TNT patterns in my roster! :)

  • Lauren
    December 21, 2012

    Ah, I think I lurked all over this fabric the other day! Haha! What a HOT pencil skirt – and yeah girl, it is doing lots of favors for your figure :)

    • Ginger
      December 22, 2012

      Ooh, I’d love to see what you would do with this fabric! I’m sure it would be hot!

  • truebias
    December 21, 2012

    I can’t believe this your first pencil skirt – i have so many. and no black shirts! they dominate my wardrobe. well you look fabulous for sure. love how this turned out.

    • Ginger
      December 22, 2012

      I love your pencil skirts and black clothing– you always look so stylish and sophisticated, Kelli! I think I’m going to have to add a few more of these to my wardrobe!

  • Teri Stich
    December 21, 2012

    What great look for you, the complete outfit is perfect. Great job and love the print

    • Ginger
      December 22, 2012

      Thank you so much, Teri! :)

  • Laura in Asheville, NC
    December 22, 2012

    I think every wardrobe should have some animal print, it’s classic! I have a wonderful pair of animal print perennial pants in silk that I wear at Christmas time……and I’m 65!

    • Ginger
      December 23, 2012

      Oh, wow, I LOVE the sound of silk animal-print pants! How fab!

  • Cissie
    December 22, 2012

    That skirt looks fabulous on you! And that is the perfect length — one I’m seeing everywhere this year!

    • Ginger
      December 23, 2012

      I usually wear skirts a bit above the knee, but this length is really fun to wear!

  • Cissie
    December 22, 2012

    I love pencil skirts! Like you, I’m shaped like a rectangle (or a box of Kleenex) and I think the style is flattering!

    • Ginger
      December 23, 2012

      I feel almost curvy in this! I’m really glad I stepped out of my comfort zone a little for this.

  • Madeline
    December 23, 2012

    What is TNT mean? I am a newbie!

    • Ginger
      December 24, 2012

      Good question! “Tried & true”, meaning go-to patterns that you’ve already worked the fitting kinks out of and can stitch up easily without any alterations.

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    I can’t believe this skirt is your first pencil skirt! Ever! It’s a great look for you! And, I also have that black organic jersey saved in my Mood online profile for making a simple black Renfrew. A perfect top, and a fabulous skirt!

    • Ginger
      January 5, 2013

      Thanks, Amy! I think you’ll really like the jersey– it’s very soft and nice!