Pattern Review

Made: Pirate Pencil Skirt

Patterns for Pirates has many lovers in the indie sewing world, but it’s not a designer I’ve used very often.  I do have several of their patterns, so maybe I’ll have to work my way through reviewing them.

Even though I haven’t used their top or dress patterns, I am a fan of their Pirate Pencil Skirt (affiliate link), which is free to members of the Facebook group.  I love me a good knit pencil skirt — they are easy to wear in almost any situation and take virtually no time to sew!

Creative Counselor: Pirate Pencil Skirt

I’ve tried several different patterns before, and while the others I’ve tried are just fine, this one is my favorite.  And that’s largely because of the shape.  The Pirate Pencil Skirt (affiliate link), unlike some others I’ve tried, is fitted all the way down and hugs curves very nicely.  If you don’t want a fitted, curve-hugging, pencil skirt, this isn’t the pattern for you, but if you like that, you should definitely check it out.

Creative Counselor: Pirate Pencil Skirt

Creative Counselor: Pirate Pencil Skirt

This black skirt went together in about 30 minutes with no hiccups.  And that included rethreading my serger!  No complaints here!

Creative Counselor: Pirate Pencil Skirt

Pattern: Pirate Pencil Skirt (affiliate link) by Patterns for Pirates

Price: Free to members of the designer’s Facebook group

Size: S

Difficulty: Beginner

Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, hemming knits, attaching a band


  • 3 lengths
  • 2 rise options

Supplies Needed:

  • Midweight to heavyweight knit fabric
  • Matching thread

Similar Patterns: Love Notions Sybil Skirt (affiliate link), Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt, Seamwork Margo

Fabric: Heavyweight ponte from SR Harris

Fit: Really good.  This is probably my favorite knit pencil skirt — the shape is really good on me.

Modifications: I think this one is shortened just a bit because I had limited fabric.

Pattern format: PDF.  This file is small and very manageable.


  • Very easy construction.
  • Versatile shape and style.
  • Shape of the skirt is great for women with a few curves.
  • Multiple length options removes the guesswork from lengthening the skirt and keeps it form-fitting all the way down.
  • Multiple rise options for those who like a higher rise.


  • Nothing particularly original about the design, but it is a great staple piece.
  • May be too form fitting for some.

Overall Grade: B.  This is a great option for those who want a form-fitting pencil skirt and have some curves.  It’s definitely my go-to for a knit pencil.  And it’s incredibly fast to boot!

2 thoughts on “Made: Pirate Pencil Skirt

  1. And just like that, you have an amazing wardrobe staple! Love it! I’m trying to make more garments in solid colours so that I can have a little more versatility in my wardrobe. That’s my main sewing goal this year for sure.

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