Tartan Midi DIY Pencil Skirt

By: Leanne Barlow from
Updated December 10, 2021
Tartan Midi DIY Pencil Skirt
Tartan Midi DIY Pencil Skirt
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If you've been searching for the perfect skirt to take you from fall to winter, then look no further than this Tartan Midi DIY Pencil Skirt. Made using 1.5 yards of tartan fabric, this simple tutorial for how to make a pencil has only 10 steps, so it's a quick sewing project that you can wrap up in an afternoon. This DIY pencil skirt features a back zipper, little to no stretch fabric, and hits at mid-calf, so it's office-appropriate and can be dressed up or down. Give the traditional tartan print a little edge with this trendy and sleek midi skirt tutorial.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

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Wow! What a poor example. One of the first things we were taught waaaay back in 7th grade home ec (1967) - ALWAYS match the stripes/plaids!

The plaids are not matched! Sewing it yourself should guarantee quality methods.

and who chose a white zipper? black or red would look less tacky

The Tartan plaid pencil skirt is easy to make from the photos and instructions provided. I would definitely add a waistband interfacing, either pre-formed non-roll interfacing or one cut from iron-on or sewn in types of interfacing. Helps to make the waistband firm enough to minimize scrunching down on itself when worn. Nice project.

I have made many skirts for my daughter-in-law but have not attempted a pencil skirt yet. They are so easy to make. I love the plaid fabric but I am afraid of the pattern not matching when I sew it. This tutorial may convince me to try. Any suggestions for making sure it matches perfect? This tartan plaid would be a great addition to my daughter-in-laws collection.

This skirt looks awesome! Perfect for winter!

OMG -- I want this skirt! It's the perfect fall print that my closet is missing.


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