Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Alberta Street Pencil Skirt by Sew House Seven

I've been in need of some more work separates, particularly skirts and pants. I've been eyeing patterns for denim skirts for a while and settled on the Sew House Seven Alberta Street Pencil Skirt. The pattern intrigued my because I could use it to put a bit of a twist on the typical denim skirt. I liked the unique pockets and pencil shape.

I used a stretch denim from my stash, not sure of where it originally came from. It is quite stretchy, I'm guessing it has about 3% spandex. I fell in between 2 sizes with my waist and hip measurements and ended up going with the larger of the 2. The pattern warns you that this is designed with negative ease to be form-fitting and to stretch with wear. 

The skirt was easy to construct. The instructions were thorough and well illustrated. 

Back to that 3% spandex. I wore it to work on the first day. Within a few hours, the skirt had stretched out, gaping at the waistband. It wasn't a good look. I promptly had to unpick the waistband and sides, and took in the skirt an extra 3/4 inch on each side. Much better! It is now form fitting but comfortable. I think you will need to base this off of whether you are working with a stretch fabric or not. Without any stretch, I probably would have been fine, but that extra bit of stretch put me in the next size down.

This was my first Sew House pattern. I thought it was well drafted, instructions were great. I would definitely sew another pattern from them again.   



  1. This skirt looks fabulous on you! I've seen the pattern three times and found it too big every time (only once did I sew it with a stretch fabric). Planning on revisiting it soon.

    1. Thank you! I've gained some weight over the last year and am learning to fit my new shape. I error on the side of caution but this one was definitely bigger than I expected.

  2. I've wanted this pattern for forever. That is always the hard part of stretch wovens...I tend to avoid them :(

    Love your version!