Find a great fitting vintage pencil skirt at a thrift store, but it's just BLAH ?? Use it to make a sexy and stylish, new wardrobe ! This instructable will show you how to copy your favorite pencil skirt without a paper pattern, using your already owned skirt...this instructable could really be used to copy any similar styled skirt !!
Step 1: Know your fronts and backs
Turn your skirt inside out. This skirt has 4 panels (two front and two back).
Step 2: Prepare your fabric
Take your fabric and fold, right sides together (you will want to cut double thickness). For this instructable, I am using vintage wool with no stretch. You can use cotton (if it's not too see through), a stretch twill (97% cotton / 2% lycra) or whatever fabric you like. Be sure to wash and dry, per manufacture instructions prior to cutting...you don't want to make your skirt and go wash it, only to have it shrink !
Step 3: Cut front panel
Take your "front" of the skirt and fold in half. Lay it down on your fabric, smooth down. Start pinning ! Do not forget you will need to add your seam allowance. I would suggest to use 5/8 inches. So be sure when you lay your skirt onto the fabric, you have extra fabric hanging over on all sides (seam allowance).
Step 4: Cut back panel
Same as the front....fold the back panel in half, pin and don't forget seam allowances !
Step 5: Cut waistband
You can eyeball the waistband. It is just a strip of fabric. Lay your skirt down and measure the length of the waist and double that measurement ( 14 inches flat X2 = 28 inches ) and add 3 inches (31 inches). Cut a (31) inch long strip and make it 4 inches wide.
Step 6: Congrats ! You are finished cutting !
You should now have cut the front panel, back panel and the waistband (a total of 5 pieces...remember the front and back panel are both double thickness).