Don’t you just love the look of a sequin pencil skirt? It’s perfect for almost any party, cocktail, or night out and always makes you feel more festive when you slip it on. What’s not to love?
Perhaps the only thing I don’t love about the beloved party skirt if the hefty price tag that comes along with it. Why are cute clothes so expensive? Especially the ones that are truly so easy to make? That’s why in today’s tutorial, we’ll be making a sequin pencil skirt from scratch in just 5 easy steps!
This easy to make sequin pencil skirt has been one of my favorite party looks for years. I’ve worn it to New Years celebrations, live shows in Las Vegas, and on more date nights than I can count. One of my favorite, ultra-glam looks is to pair this skirt with this DIY batwing shirt I made from the same sequin fabric. Wearing the two together creates the illusion of a sexy, draped sequin dress that can also be worn as separates. Yay versatility!
In creating this project for you guys, I wanted to make the process as easy to follow as possible. That’s why we’ll be using your own body measurements (don’t stress.. I’m only asking that you take two measurements!) to create this pattern. I also simplified the tutorial down to just 5 easy steps so you can get this project finished and on your body in less time than it would have taken you to to find one at the mall.
DIY Sequin Pencil Skirt Supplies:
- 1 Yard Sequin Fabric of Your Choice – the kind I used is half off right now!
- 1 Yard Lining Fabric
- 3″ Black Elastic
- Tape Measure & Sewing Pins
- Fabric Scissors
- A Basic Sewing Machine or Serger
How To Make A DIY Sequin Pencil Skirt
I’ll be using different fabrics for the images in this sequin pencil skirt tutorial. I photographed the steps this way because the different textured fabric was easier to see in a photo.
- Before you even cut your fabric and lining, let’s get our measurements right. Wrap the elastic around your waist and pin into place. Add about 1″ for seam allowance and trim off any excess. Sew it into a circle and set it aside. Simple enough right?
- Next, it’s time to start cutting your fabric. Decide how long you want your finished skirt to be and add 2″. This will give you some wiggle room for the seam allowance at the waistband where the elastic of your skirt will be and give you room to hem the bottom. Cut a long rectangle from your fabric and use your new measurement to decide the width. We’re not going to worry about how long it needs to be just yet. Be sure to cut both the lining and the sequin fabric this way.
- Since this is a super-simple project and we want to make it as stress-free as possible, hem one long side of your fabric now. After all, it’s so much easier to hem a straight line than a circular shape. For today’s tutorial, I used this Serger by Brother to create a basic rolled hem. You can hem your skirt any way you want- or even leave the fabric edges raw if that’s your thing. It’s your skirt after all! Be sure to hem one long edge of both your lining fabric and your sequin fabric before moving on to the next step.
- Now it’s time to decide how long your rectangle needs to be for your body. Take a Tape Measure and wrap it around your hips (the widest part of your butt) to get an accurate hip measurement. Add 2″ to this number for extra ease and seam allowances and cut the length of your sequin and lining fabric to match.
- The last and final step is to sew your fabric to your elastic waistband. Do this by folding your fabric in half hamburger style and sewing along the width of your fabric (the short edge of your rectangle.) You should have two tubes of fabric at this point (one lining and one sequin) From here, sandwich your elastic band in between the two fabric tubes and pin into place. Be sure the “right sides” of your fabric are together. The “right side” is the pretty side of your sequin fabric that you want to show and the softest side of your lining that you want touching your skin when you’re wearing your new sequin pencil skirt. Once your sandwich is complete, sew them all into place either using a zig-zag stitch on a standard sewing machine (check out THIS POST on the best sewing machines for under $150) or a serger so your seams don’t pop.
Now slip on your new sequin pencil skirt and do a little victory dance! You my friend are done!
Simple enough right? I absolutely love this sequin pencil skirt and hope you will to! It’s absolutely perfect for all the upcoming holiday parties, New Year’s… or Tuesday date nights. As always, if you ever have any questions while you are making this project (or any project on Creative Fashion Blog) please don’t hesitate to reach out! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and would love to help out!
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