Intro To Sewing: Make A Stretch Pencil Skirt

stretch velvet midi pencil skirt 2013 crop2

 Student Reviews

'I absolutely love my skirt, can't wait to make more now I know how.' - Charlotte Lidster, Horsham

'I was amazed how quick it was to run this up and I'm still wearing it a year on, so the stitching techniques taught were obviously good!' - Liz Reylas, Hove





A great introduction to machine sewing, working with stretch fabric and adapting patterns. Make a pencil or A line, mini or knee length jersey skirt that fits perfectly. Take away your skirt and pattern to make more at home!

Complete this project in 2-3 Sewing & Dressmaking classes, or in our One-to-One lessons at a time that suits you!

Experience level: Absolute beginners or those who are new to sewing with jersey. For adults and children aged 13+.

Please contact us here with any questions


Project content:

In making this stretch skirt project you will:

  • Learn to thread up and sew with a sewing machine (if needed)
  • Learn best stitches to sew stretch fabric on a domestic sewing machine
  • Adjust fit/shape/size of pattern and cut out your skirt in stretch fabric
  • Make a your skirt
  • Take your pattern home so you can make more stretch skirts!

What to bring:

  • 1 metre of stretch jersey fabric* - reasonably robust - a 'double knit' or 'ponte roma' jersey is ideal. Choose something that's not too stretchy or thin and drapey
  • Note: All fabric needs washing and ironing before class, unless it is 100% polyester or PU/PVC/Olicloth - or the finished item will never be washed. Check fabric content and any washing/ironing instructions when purchasing fabric 
  • a reel of matching colour ordinary good quality sewing thread.

  • 1m of 1inch wide elastic
  • if you wear glasses for close up work please bring them 
  • we have tea, cordials and coffee available, but as this is a long workshop feel free to bring along snacks.
  • your email booking confirmation's instructions on how to find us
  • wear leggings or tights and a vest top or fitted tshirt so you can try the skirt on and measure yourself easily

We provide: sewing machine (or bring your own if you prefer) and everything else you need for the workshop.

*Where to buy fabric if you want to bring your own: Suggestions of where to buy your fabric locally will be given on your booking confirmation, or to see our list of local fabric shops now click here. Stretch jersey in Fabric Land is around £4 a metre.