Unbelievably so, it’s time to start thinking about Back-to-School season. Which means that stores are filled to the brim with tempting school supplies. Is anyone else a pen / notebook / planner nerd like me? I could spend hours in those aisles. Life just got a little better for me because now I can really let people know about my undying love for school supplies by wearing it on my sleeve….er skirt!! Pirate friends, meet the Just Write Skirt!
Before we get started, here are some things you’ll need:
- Just Write Skirt free Pattern Pieces (found in the store HERE)
- 1″ Waistband Elastic. See cut chart for length needed.
- YouTube Video Tutorial for assembling a pencil panel set (also found at the bottom of this tutorial)
|Fabric Requirements (in Yards, rounded to nearest 1/8)|
|Accent Panel (black)||1/2||5/8||5/8||2/3||2/3|
|Point Accent (black)||1/4||1/4||1/4||1/4||1/3|
|Pencil Wood (off-white)||1/8||1/4||1/4||1/4||1/4|
**While the skirt is meant to sit at your natural waist, you will want to choose your size based upon your hip measurement. Wanting a fuller skirt? The more pencil panel sets you add, the fuller your skirt becomes. Just keep in mind that each panel finishes at 5″, and you will need to adjust your lining fabric to account for any extra panels in your awesome skirt!
Sewing for a child who is a blend of sizes? No sweat! Just sew up the number of panel sets that is required for their waist/hip measurement, and use the pattern pieces for their height.
And now, onto the tutorial!
Step 1: For each pencil panel, you will need:
– 1 Ferrule piece (grey)
– 1 Eraser piece (pink)
– 1 Pencil body (yellow)
– 1 Pencil wood (off white)
– 1 Pencil lead (grey)
– 2 mirrored Point accents (black)
– 1 Accent panel (black)
Step 2: Lay your “pencil wood” piece, right side up.
Step 3: Lay your “pencil lead” piece on top of your wood piece with right sides together, matching the notches. Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 4: Open up the pieces and press.
Step 5: Lay out your new pencil point, with one of “point accents” next to it.
Step 6: With right sides together, align the “point accent” along the long angled edge. Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.
**Note, there will be around 1/2″ of overhang on the top and bottom of the “point accent” piece.
Step 7: Open up the pieces and press.
Step 8: Repeat with the other “point accent”.
Step 9: Open up the pieces and press.
Step 10: Trim off the excess fabric.
Step 11: Lay the piece right side up, and place the “pencil body” right sides together. Align the short edges.
Step 12: Stitch, using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 13: Open up pieces and press.
Step 14: Align the “ferrule” piece along the top, shorter edge, right sides together, and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance. Open up the pieces and press.
Step 15: Align the “eraser” piece along the top, shorter edge, right sides together, and sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 16: Open up the pieces and press.
Step 17: Align the “accent panel” along the long edge of both pieces, right sides together. Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 18: Open up pieces and press.
Repeat according to the number of “sets of panels” required for the size skirt being sewn.
Step 19: Begin to join the panels to form a skirt.
Step 20: With right sides together, align each panel along the long edge and sew using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 21: Continue until all of the panels are sewn together.
Step 22: Fold your set in half, right sides together, and sew to create a tube.
Step 23: You should now have a circle of pencils.
Step 24: Align your lining fabric with right sides together.
Step 25: Sew along both sides, using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 26: Turn your main skirt right sides facing outwards, and keep your lining fabric with the right sides facing in.
Step 27: Slide your main skirt inside of the lining, with the right sides together.
Step 28: Sew along the bottom edge opening, careful to sew only one layer of lining to one layer of the main skirt.
Step 29: Open up the pieces, so they are right sides out.
Step 30: Slide the lining inside of the main skirt, wrong sides together, completely enclosing all of your seams.
If desired, edge stitch along the bottom of the skirt.
Step 31: Treating your main and lining fabrics as one, press 1/2″ along the entire top, raw edge, toward the lining side.
**Quick tip: You might find it easier to manage the double layers if you serge / zig-zag stitch around the top raw edge before folding and pressing.
Step 32: Press an additional 1-1/2″, creating a casing.
Step 33: Pin and sew along the entire skirt, edge stitching close to the fold in the casing. Leave a 2-3″ opening for elastic.
Step 34: Using a pin or bodkin, thread your elastic through the opening you left in the casing.
Be careful not to twist your elastic.
Step 36: Pin and stitch closed the opening in your casing.
As always, we love when you share what you’ve made with us. Head over to the Patterns for Pirates Facebook group and show off super awesome Just Write things that you’ve managed to make from our freebie pattern!
In case you were looking for a little inspiration on your own Just Write Skirt, check out our tester album and take a look at all of the gorgeous items our creative friends have made!
Happy Back-to-School season, Pirate Friends!