How to Make a Buffalo Plaid Pencil Skirt

a perfect fall outfit

Outfit Details:

Maroon Sweater (similar here), Buffalo Plaid Pencil Skirt (made by me – tutorial below, similar for sale here and here), Black Tights, Black Hunter Boots, Similar Leather Tote Bag, Karen Walker Sunglasses, Star Necklace


Buffalo plaid is one of my all time favorite prints. Especially for winter, it’s just so festive and pretty. I love it in red and black, but this white and black smaller buffalo plaid fabric on caught my attention and I had to get some!

I used it to make this really simple pencil skirt, and I love how it turned out! Paired with tights, Hunter boots, and a sweater, it’s a perfect cozy fall outfit.

Scroll to the bottom to find the step by step instructions!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 or 1 1/2 yards flannel fabric (I used this one)
9-12″ invisible zipper
matching thread

note: I do not provide printable patterns for my sewing tutorials. Use this video to make your own patterns!


step by step instructions for an easy flannel pencil skirt for fall and winter


First, cut your pattern pieces. You’ll need a SKIRT FRONT (cut on the folded edge), a FRONT WAISTBAND LINING  (also cut on the fold), and then two SKIRT BACK pieces and two BACK WAISTBAND LINING pieces. If you fold your fabric in half, it’s easy to make these cuts efficiently.

Step 1. Take your SKIRT FRONT piece and fold to create a pleat on either side. Make sure they’re perfectly symmetrical and equal distance from the sides. This step is optional if you don’t want the pleats in the front. Now sew across the entire top to secure these pleats in place.

Step 2. Take your two back pieces and place darts in the top so the pieces taper around your curves.

Step 3. With right sides together, take your FRONT WAISTBAND LINING and your SKIRT FRONT pieces and sew them together at the waist.

Step 4. Repeat step 3 with the SKIRT BACK and WAISTBAND pieces.

Step 5. Insert your zipper, following the instructions on the packaging. Then sew up the rest of the skirt back.

Step 6. Take your SKIRT FRONT and SKIRT BACK pieces and (with right sides together) sew up the sides. Make sure the WAISTBAND LINING is flipped up while you sew it together. Then trim your seam allowances and tuck the waistband inside the skirt.

Step 7. Hem your skirt to your desired length, and then “stitch in the ditch” (stitch directly on top of the existing side seam) on either side of the waistband to secure the lining in place.

And you’re done!

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  1. Natali says:

    Looking beautiful top to bottom! This plaid pencil skirt is superb and you’re such a talented woman!

  2. Sharon says:

    So cool! I can not believe you made that shirt yourself it looks like a skirt from JCrew. I’ll have to try this on a winter weekend when it’s perfect for indoor crafts.

  3. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I LOVE this skirt! You did an awesome job, and I love it with that sweater!


  4. You look gorgeous wearing your Opaque Tights and Wellingtons it reminds me of going to school on a wet day wearing Opaque Tights and Wellingtons with my School Uniform and having fun with my friends splashing in puddles.

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