NHD – Pierside Pencil

I have been seeing these super cute casual skirts everywhere. I like to call them sweat skirts! Basically, they are fitted skirts about knee length, with a drawstring and pockets, that look like they are made out of fabric that sweatpants are made out of! I had a casual backyard birthday party to go to, and knew it would be the perfect occasion for this skirt.


So, I went hunting for a pencil skirt pattern with pockets. I wanted a skirt that was drafted for pockets so there was enough ease for them-I didn’t want the challenge of changing a pattern that much! That’s when I landed on the New Horizons Design Pierside Pencil Skirt! I have blogged about their Tami Hoodie here. NHD is a pattern company I have been following for awhile and love what I see, but I still hadn’t tried many of the patterns. That’s about to change. πŸ™‚


I had some amazing Cotton Lycra French Terry from Flying Pig Fabrics that was perfect for the project. I had a hard time deciding on a color, but opted to be bold! I chose this turquoise color… and am so glad I did!


I then measured myself and got cutting. I measure into the size 8, so that’s what I cut. Unfortunately, it was huge. I think it had to do with the amount of stretch my fabric had. I ended up chopping off quite a bit off the sides around my hips.


The pockets in the pattern are drafted so there is a pocket bag, which I didn’t want. I wanted one layer that I could topstitched closed. I opted to cut only one of the lower pocket piece. I hemmed the top pocket edge of the leg piece, then sewed the pocket piece underneath with my coverstitch. This adds cute detail, while eliminating bulk with my slightly thicker fabric.



I did not use elastic in my waistband, but did include a drawstring. The drawstring is made with the same fabric, as I usually do.


For the hemline, I wanted the sides to slightly curve up, and the bottom to be left unhemmed. Below is a photo of how I cut it. I mashed some of the original cut lines from different hemlines to make the look I wanted! You can see my extra pieces taped on top.


Overall, I really like this pattern. I have a couple of tweaks to make so this pattern is perfect for me, which I will do soon! I bought some beautiful Ponte from Boho Fabrics that I think may have to become a Pierside Pencil Skirt… πŸ™‚


I have this skirt paired with a GS Staple Tank that I wrote about here. I definitely need to make more-such a great basic tank for summer, that I’ll be able to wear layered with a cardigan in the fall!


You can find the pattern here.
Flying Pig Fabrics is here.

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