Summer 2013 Sewing Challenge: Pencil Skirt! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Summer 2013 Sewing Challenge: Pencil Skirt!

On Tuesdays, I like to share something sewing-related as you know.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get my sewing machine out due to jetlag and lots of work to be done.  Fortunately, all of us in the sewing group just decided on our next challenge, which will definitely push me to get something sewn up soon!

For Summer 2013, we chose to each make a version of the pencil skirt "trend."

Yes, for some reason, the fashion gurus out there decided that pencil skirts, which I always thought was a classic piece that never went out of style, would be a trend this season.  Hey, I love them so I'm not complaining!

Read on for the "rules" to participate in this challenge!  Of course, we're not super strict about these because it's all for fun!

Summer 2013 Challenge "Rules"

1.  Choose any pencil skirt pattern, to sew for you or someone else.

2.  Choose any fabric that you like!  Any patterns, embellishments, and details are welcomed.  There are no restrictions!

3. Deadline: July 1st.  Like I said, we're not strict, but it would be great to share our projects with each other before it's Summer 2014!

If you'd like to join, let me know!  You can read more about our Facebook group here.  We're 20 members strong now!  If you're interested in the challenge or the , you can either e-mail me or visit our Facebook page to request an invitation.


Here's a few examples to get the inspirational juices flowing!

Really, no fabric or color is off limits!

The styling is pretty diverse too.  Anything and everything was on the runway from structured to flowy, casual to formal, or colors to monochrome.  The options are endless!

Source 1, Source 2

As for me, I think I'm going to with Simplicity 1697, which I bought back in February.  It's pretty similar to one of the skirts above actually!

I love the yellow, so I think that I'm going with the exact some color!  I'm going to share the fabric later, because I'm having issues with my camera.

Anybody else in?


  1. Hi Amy :)
    You can follow her on bloglovin' here :)
    (I'm already doing it)
    hugs x

  2. It's hard for me to photograph myself, which is why it's usually on the dress form. Maybe I'll enlist someone to help me out with that! :)

  3. That's a good idea! I usually use a tripod or something similar and the 10 seconds timer!!!

  4. You know I'm in! ;) I love your pattern, AND the yellow! Great choice for summer.

  5. Great! I hope it turns out okay. :)

  6. Yes, the pattern and especially the color are great! I have a pencil skirt pattern that's been gathering dust that I think I'm going to try. I also have a heavy weight girly floral pink fabric that's been sitting around... Looking forward to it and hopefully I'll finish this one on time!

  7. Great choice, Diane, I love your pattern, can't wait to see it finished (maybe on you?) :)
    I'll write about it, so maybe we're getting some more new member!!!

  8. That's the one I'm picking! :)

  9. Let me know if you add bloglovin or email I can stalk your sewing projects lol!

  10. Diane, thanks for posting! I can't get to the members folders so this was my first chance to get over! Looking forward to reading!

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