I am generally not one to wear skirts – I guess it is because when I was a kid, my mom always had me wearing shorts and pants. Pencil skirts are totally in right now – so why not give it a try. Plus when you are at the beach 90% of the summer…why not!?


New Horizons Designs recently designed the Pierside Pencil Skirt and it is filled with options; including pockets, drawstring, straight hem, curved hem, side vents, maxi, mid-length and mini length.

20046685_10154787071244103_3716917566588381025_n.jpgThe pattern recommends that Fabric has at least 35% stretch with a waistband of at least 50% stretch and 5% Spandex. If you are planning to use the optional drawstring, you will also need a lightweight fusible interfacing and two eyelets (or buttonholes).


There is a Women’s and a Girl’s version available for the Pierside. The Girl’s version size 16 is shown in this pattern review and testing. The Girl’s Version fits sizes 12-18m to 16 (Teen/Girls). The overall pattern completed looked identical to the computerized drawings and the measurements were accurate for the sizing. The one thing I love about New Horizons Designs pattern instructions is their side-by-side digital photos and links at the bottom of every page. The links allow you to go back or forward to a specific section of the pattern rather then flipping through pages on the screen. Overall, the instructions are extremely clear and very well put together. The pattern pieces (for the Girl’s version) are at the end of the pdf download and there is a yardage sheet, sizing sheet, as well as which pages should be printed for each size and option. There are layers and no cut pages (which is my favorite because that means less work to do = more time to sew).


Again, I made the size 16 in Girls and made no alterations but omitted the drawstring and eyelets. The fit was on-point. I could easily move around, bend, twist, dance, and walk without the skirt falling down or feeling too constricting. I used double brushed poly in light peach from Knitpop for my Key West Tank  (which is Free when you join the New Horizons Designs Facebook group here). And double brushed poly floral and gold from Knitpop for my maxi length skirt with side vents. Overall I loved the pattern and would sew it up again – it is a super quick and simple sew. Whether you are a beginner or a confident seasoned seamstress, this Pierside Pencil Skirt is perfect for any season and any occasion.


Grab your copy of the Ladies Version (here) or the Girls Version (here); Better yet, make it a Bundle for Mommy and Me (here) while the Pierside Pencil Skirt is on Sale (no coupon code needed) through ❤ ❤

Fabric From: Knitpop

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