Bias printed pencil skirt

Bias printed plaid knit fabric made up into a vintage-style pencil skirt

Plaid pencil skirt

The other day I posted my Bias printed circle skirt post – well there was a little bit of material left over from cutting the skirt, so I also cut a pencil skirt from the same fabric! This is pretty much exactly the same as the black and white pinstripe pencil skirt I posted earlier, but with a sewn-on elastic waistband, instead of a fold over elastic waist.

Pressing the walking slit in the printed plaid pencil skirt

Pressing the walking slit in the printed plaid pencil skirt

Like the pinstripe skirt, I did a twin needle hem on this skirt too. The twin needle looks like double top stitching from the right side, and a zig-zag on the reverse… which means the hem looks polished and professional, but still has a little stretch. (Which is important with this stretchy fabric and narrow hem.)

Sometimes when twin-needle stitching the threads can become a bit tangled. One way to alleviate this is to have the spools turn in opposite directions. I also used a twin needle specifically for knits, since this fabric seemed especially sensitive to the needle that I used (I originally started with a regular universal needle and it skipped a lot…)

With twin needle stitching the right side of the fabric has a double line of topstitching, while the reverse has a stretchy zig-zag stitch which works well on knits.

Twin needle stitching on the front and back

The photo above shows the double line of topstitching on the right side of the skirt, while the reverse has the zig-zag stitch which will move better with the knit skirt than regular straight stitches.

I wore this with vintage-style t-strap 5″ heels, a tight sweater, and a pink & silver rhinestone & rondelle necklace.

One comment on “Bias printed pencil skirt

  1. […] making mundane clothing for every-day wear… the black and white pinstripe pencil skirt, the printed plaid pencil skirt, the printed plaid circle skirt, and finally this purple, grey, white, and black plaid circle […]

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