How To DIY & Style Sheer Organza Pencil Skirt

Hey Crafters!

Towards the end of March things got a bit explosive on the 
good side to speak, so i had to postpone the March post to help out my dearest. Sticking to the point, i've been keen to present a rock kind of style so decided to combine the thought with "its about time" to go sheer and be transparent for Summer. I chose a subtle and attractive shade of fabric, complementary to all skin tones. Check out the design in motion by clicking the video below or this link here:

The surprise, is a look that is fresh, bold, striking, light and street using just plain sheer organza and lining. The mission is to show the flexibility of organza and how to rock it for fashion. The fabric gives off a two tone sheen as well as the attraction of transparency. This is a taste of edgy alongside my selection of striking accessories.


Here are the 5 pattern pieces to assist you to create your own. You will need about 2-4 yards of fabric depending on your size measurements (based on UK size 6-18). You may wish to double the fabric or add a dress-lining for thickness.

There is a lot of flexibility with this design to combine with various types of heels, from courts, wedges to booties, sandals and gladiators. I’d resist flats, unless it’s dressy flats. Crop, vest tops are good. Alternatively team with a long/short sleeve fitted top. In autumn/winter combine with a cropped woolly or casual jumper at waist line length.

I must confess I do like some of the crazy looks off the catwalks. Sometimes I can’t help but tune in to watch the fashion shows on Fashion TV or the latest fashion and beauty magazines from Vogue to Cosmopolitan for example. This look wasn't inspired by any specific designer but inspired more by my fascination with material and what is regarded as classic shapes and cuts that just kept flashing at me during 2012/13. The making of this garment is a reflection of what I felt every young female wants to wear. The trend I spotted was straight cuts, transparency and if it was going to be a classic skirt, it would be mid-length. Putting all the above into context, I aimed to create a wear that was simple and somewhat avant-garde

1. Begin by placing the pattern pieces labelled (a-e) to organza and pattern (b), (c), (f) and (e) patterns to dress lining which will be an insert base. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Double the organza for the lower section of the skirts and use a lining base for the top section of the skirts.
2. Cut the pattern shapes out. Avoid cutting the 1.5 cm seam-lines. Note that the following patterns: (a),(b) & (c) require a fold-line.
3. Starting with the front patterns: (a), (c) and (d) seam edges of pattern on the bias side. 
4. Stitch patterns (a) and (c) together to create one front piece.
5.  Fold pattern (b) into half to get a top and bottom half (horizontal) pattern section for the back. Place, pin folded pattern onto dress lining and organza if you haven't done so already, cut and stitch together.
6. Place and pin the bottom half of pattern b to a double layer of organza. Cut pattern out and then stitch the 2 halves of pattern b together to create one full back.
7. Create a belt like effect for the waist band patterns d and e. Add the waist band to the front and back skirts.
8. Add a zipper to the mid back. Stitch the side edges of front and back full pieces together to create a pencil skirt.

9. Lock edges to create a neat appearance

Follow, subscribe and like on: - perfect for activity updates 
- perfect for activity updates - check for materials/fabric and accessories - check for the latest pattern projects


  1. Hello Alero.

    A few years ago I had a dressmaker make a mirrored organza pencil skirt for me. I was looking for a smooth material, shiny and have the advantage of being see-through. She had already made me some tight-fitting hot pants which were very transparent and my little tanga panties showed through really well - something I was trying to achieve. Naughty, but nice!
    I wanted the pencil skirt to be tight fitting, which she did for me and it fitted beautifully, but after I had worn the hotpants a few times the odd bit of stitching was starting to come apart, so the dressmaker asked if she could make the skirt from two layers of the organza, in much the same way as you seem to have done.

    It obviously wasn't quite as transparent as my hot pants, but I did love wearing it (it was still possible to show off my panties through the thin fabric) but I just loved the feeling of the two layers of organza sliding across each other as I walked and sat in it.

    Sadly, my lovely seamstress retired and went to live in Australia a couple of years ago and I have really struggled to find anybody who could make some more clothes for me and seeing your u-tube clip of your lovely organza skirt wondered if you could possibly point me in the direction of somebody who you may know who could help me in my quest for another pencil skirt.

    I would dearly love to email you a couple of photographs which would show you both my skirt and hotpants, but I'm not sure if I will be able to do that using this little panel that I'm typing in at the moment.

    If you could possibly email with your email address, I could send them to you.

    Very many thanks in anticipation. I do look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,

    Audrey Welch


Post a Comment

Popular Posts