Pencil skirts make a great wardrobe basic and, since they can be made with almost any fabric, they can be the starting point for a variety of looks. Best of all, pencil skirts are fairly straightforward to draft and sew. As we move along in our skirt series you'll learn techniques to alter this basic skirt into endless possibilities.
Defined as straight skirts, pencil skirts typically have minimal seaming, front and back darts for shaping and a waistband. Of course, there are lots of variations within that theme — pockets, pleats, seaming, etc. — but to start, a simple skirt with a center back zipper closure is a good choice.