I am super excited to finally release the Button Up Pencil! I started forming the idea of this pattern last fall. Can I just say pattern making takes a ton of work?? Between drafting the pattern, to sewing up samples, to drawing illustrations, to sending it out to testers and fixing fit issues it is a long process. I love it though. There is something about creating something from completely nothing that is super exciting!
I designed this skirt pattern with the trending 70’s style in mind. I loved seeing all the denim button up pencil skirts making their way into stores. I didn’t exactly love the complete look though. Too much 70ish look for me. Which is totally fine, I just wanted to put a modern spin on my pattern. To do this I made it a pencil skirt hitting the knees that featured slanted front pockets and a contoured waistband hitting about 2″ below the natural waist. I loved the authentic denim skirt look with buttons completely down the front, but I also wanted to add a classier, more dressy option as well. With this in mind I came up with two versions to feature in this pattern:
Version One was designed with denim in mind! This version would look great with topstitching thread for an authentic denim skirt look. It features a full front button placket with slanted pockets. The back features a slanted yoke and back pockets. Even though this version was designed with denim in mind, it would also look great made in other fabrics!
Version Two features a partial front button placket and slanted pockets. The back is simple and classy leaving Version 2 to be easily dressed up.
Both versions require fabrics with at least 2% spandex or lycra such as denim, twill, canvas, corduroy, poplin, cotton sateen, etc. The placket on Version 2 is a perfect spot to use quilting cotton for a contrasting pop of fun! Version one works well with medium-heavy weight fabric about 9-11oz, but can also be made using a little lighter weight fabric. Version two works best with medium weight fabric, about 6-9 oz. the placket on Version 2 can get pretty thick when using a heavier weight fabric. The ideal stretch for this pattern is about 10-20%, anything less or more may require sizing up/down.
You may notice on the finished garment chart that the hip measurements are smaller than the actual body measurements. That is how it is designed, so when picking a size make sure to pick based on the body measurement chart. The fabrics required act as a girdle, but stretch out as we wear them. This is the way many stretch skirts are designed!
This pattern was more difficult to design since it is a more fitted pattern, but many of my testers rated it at Confident Beginner. It is easy to assemble, and to make it even easier for you, I am working on a sew along for the blog.
The Button Up Pencil is a PDF print at home pattern that comes in sizes 0-18 and has 50 fully illustrated pictures to go along with the steps.
As a celebration for launch I am offering 30% off the pattern for a limited time!! It is first launching exclusively through UpCraft Club so snag it on sale while you can!
A huge thank you to all my testers, they were amazing to work with and made this pattern great! I will be doing a tester round up on the blog in the next couple days for inspiration! When you make your very own use #buttonuppencil on social media so I can see what you create!!