Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern Release!

Somebody pinch me. I can’t believe I am finally releasing my pencil skirt pattern!

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates Psst…You can grab it here for just $10:

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It’s only taken me oh, 9 months to finish it from the time that I said I would start; and it was 6 months before that when I conceived the idea. But I think, worthwhile things take time to incubate. ;)

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates

Let’s talk pencils, shall we?

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

Named for the closed kick pleat it sports in the back. This high-waisted, knee length pencil skirt gently hugs the hips, slightly forgives the waist, and tapers in at the knees to create a flattering yet modest silhouette.

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

It zips up at the side with an invisible zipper and is fully lined, giving you a professional looking finished skirt.


The size range is Womens 2 to 18. Not all sizing charts are the same though, so double check your measurements below.

Sizing-Chart Your size is determined by your waist and hip measurements (they are starred). The finished skirt measurements are just for your reference. If you are in between sizes, no problem! I teach you how to blend your measurements to get a skirt that fits you just right.

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates


I grabbed this from the pattern so you can see what kind of fabric you’ll need and how much:

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates The pattern uses both illustrations and full color photos throughout the instruction portion to help make each step as clear as possible.

skirt-line-up It covers how to sew a kick pleat, how to sew darts, how to install an invisible zipper with lining, and how to sew a blind hem.

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates

When you’re done, you will have a beautiful skirt from the inside out.

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

It’s a great basic skirt that you can dress up or dress down, simply with fabric choice!

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates

SKILL LEVEL: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate

Despite labeling it Intermediate, I truly believe that if you have some limited apparel sewing experience but attack this pattern with careful reading, a hopeful attitude, and maybe some “draft” fabric for your first attempt, you can sew this as a semi-beginner.

I poured a lot of time and attention into the pattern instruction portion, in hopes that it will teach you what you need to know to successfully sew this skirt, regardless of skill level.

TIME COMMITMENT: 3+ hours or a weekend project.

This depends on your skill level, of course. An adventurous beginner should plan to take a few days or an entire uninterrupted day to work through the pattern. An intermediate+ sewing level can probably complete this project in an afternoon.

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates I didn’t add extra variations to the pattern, but I have some fun free pattern hacks planned for this skirt in the coming months. So, stay tuned for that! EDITED TO ADD: The Pleated Pencil Skirt Re-Mix Tour full round up is complete! Check it out HERE.

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To play along, you’ll have to snag the pattern first.  Maybe sew some basic pencils while you wait? ;)

COST: Click on the Add to Cart button to purchase the pattern for $10:

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It’s a PDF pattern you purchase through E-junkie using Pay Pal. Once you complete your purchase, you will receive an email from E-junkie (check your spam folder if you don’t get it right away). In that email will be a download link where you can access and download the pattern to your computer.

(If Pay Pal is not your thing, you can buy it using other payment methods HERE on Etsy.)

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern - Delia Creates When you sew one up, add a picture of your new skirt to the flickr pool. Or tag your photos on social media with #pleatedpencilskirt and then tag me @deliacreates!

I can’t wait to see what you sew up!

Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern // Delia Creates

Happy Sewing!

Sources: Blue Chambray from LiMa Sews, Gingham – a woven cotton from Red Tag Apparel section at Jo-Ann, Floral – “Rose Garden” from Legacy Studio, quilter’s cotton from Jo-Ann (proof that you can make quilter’s cotton work IF you find the right print! ;)).


  1. Julie R. says

    I love the floral fabric that you chose for your skirt! . I’ll have to buy it and sew some skirts for my wardrobe since I’ve never owned a pencil skirt before :) And congratulations on making a pattern! I can only imagine the work and stress and long hours that went into this.

  2. says

    Are you, by any chance, planning to make this in smaller sizes? I’m kind of a shrimp (23″ waist, 32″ hips), and it seems like patterns are always too big, even in their smallest sizes. I would love to be able to make this, though!

  3. says

    That is so cute on you! Congratulations on another pattern. =)
    I wish I could wear pencil skirts! I look like I’m nothing but hips when I try them.

    • says

      Thanks Charity! I know pencil skirts aren’t for all body types. The high waist does help to make it more flattering for more body types though.

  4. Ashley says

    Today is my birthday so I’ve decided to do a little sewing for me and make this skirt! I went to JoAnn yesterday to pick out fabric and didn’t even care that it was $16.99 a yard! After all, every mom deserves a pretty skirt right? ;)

    • says

      Sure. Skip the skirt lining but still cut out a lining for the waistband (you can use more of the main outer fabric).

      Instead of the sewing the full lining to the skirt, sew just the waistband lining to the skirt. Flip it right sides out. Press in place and fold and press the raw edge of the lining under about 1/4″. Pin that folded edge to the waistband seam of skirt on the inside. Top stitch in place. It is best to place pins perpendicular to the folded edge so that you can sew it from the right side of the outer skirt over the pins.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  5. Katie Dean says

    I am sure you get asked this a thousand times, but is there a way to buy this floral patterned pleated pencil skirt and the light blue skirt already made? I am a college student and do not have a sewing machine nor do I possess that skill.

    Thank you in advance. I absolutely adore these styles!

    • says

      Hi Katie! Thank you for your kind compliments. I wish I had time to make finished items for sale, but I am sorry to say I do not. Sorry I can’t give you a more positive answer. <3

  6. says

    I’m a little bigger than your size 18 measurements. Think I could use your incremental size lines to size it up a bit, given that I’m not a wiz at pattern drafting?

    • says

      Hi Maria!

      I think you could probably make it work, as long as you aren’t going up more than one size or so. Definitely make a muslin and get that to fit just right, then use it as your future pattern for the rest of your skirts. When widening the waistband, I would just add some length to the fold line so as to not alter the shape of the band too much. I hope that helps? Let me know if you have any other questions.

  7. Flo says

    Hi Delia
    I am a bit of a noob, and am stuck on the kick pleats instructions in step 2. Is there a tutorial or video somewhere I could follow?

    • says

      Hey Flo! So sorry, but I don’t have a video. I would be happy to walk you through it and help you troubleshoot though. Email me: with a detailed note about what part is particularly confusing and I’ll do my best to help. <3 :)


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