Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: “The Betsy” Pencil Skirts

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Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: “The Betsy” Pencil Skirt

Brand: Bluegingerdoll Patterns

Description: The Betsy pencil skirts have been designed with the hourglass figure in mind to flatter those curves. A perfect wardrobe staple the Betsy pencil skirts have three design variations to compliment your style. View A: A flattering classic pencil skirt design featuring belt loops and a kick pleat; View B: A casual but elegant “wrap” pencil skirt with button closure; and View C: The ultimate curve hugging, high-waisted “Pin Up” style pencil skirt featuring a shaped front waistline and a sexy accordion pleat on the back of the skirt. Betsy is the one pencil skirt sewing pattern you need.

Format: PDF + Paper

Skill Level: Beginner

Techniques Involved: Invisible zipper, button holes

Sizes: 4-24

Recommended Fabrics: Medium weight woven fabrics with slight stretch. Cotton, cotton sateen, wool and wool blends, denim with some stretch, brocade, etc.

Price: PDF: $14.50, Paper: $21.00

Customer Examples:

Melissa from Scavenger Hunt

Mary Danielson from Idle Fancy

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Let’s talk patterns with a great range of size options… Do you have a favorite indie pattern designer that offers a wide range of sizes in their patterns? Have you had success with a specific pattern that works for your curves? Your comment enters you to win a copy of “The Betsy” Pencil Skirt!

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129 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns: “The Betsy” Pencil Skirts

  1. Marianne says:

    The recent knitwear patterns by Colette have been a great success for me, especially the Moneta dress and Mabel skirt. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Peggy shirt too!

  2. Sally F. says:

    Skirts in general work for me because I have such a long torso!

  3. Tracey says:

    What a cute skirt! Very flattering style. I’d love to make for myself,as well as my daughters. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Beth says:

    Adorable skirt! It’s always nice to find patterns that flatter a variety of figures!

  5. Natalie says:

    I love skirts and this one has a cute shape to it!

  6. Andrea says:

    I actually fit pretty well straight from the package into a lot of indie pattern brand sizing schema, aside from the fact that I need to figure out how to adjust for my smaller rib cage better. But I second the fact that since deer and doe is a C-cup leaning brand, I fear it fitting less (I have yet to do an fba, even though all logic dictates that I should have to.

  7. D Herrmann says:

    I am new to the Indie patterns. It’s been years since I sewed garments so the last time I did it was Simpliciy, McCall’s and Vogue! This pattern however has tempted me to try it again! Thanks so much for all the different patterns.

  8. Nancy says:

    Do you count Jalie as a indie? Their patterns work so well and have a huge range of sizes.

  9. krystina says:

    I think I have fallen in love! How has this never shown up on my radar? Love the pattern!

  10. SRS says:

    I NEED this skirt in my wardrobe!! Being petite AND curvy only in the bottom section, I am still searching for that perfect pattern built for me!

  11. Roxanne says:

    I’ve had good luck with GreenStyleCreations patterns. A good range of sizes if you are looking to sew basics.

  12. Carolyn says:

    I’m just getting back into sewing for myself and have not found a favourite Indie designer, yet.
    I especially like and appreciate designers that offer realistic sizing for those of us that have more curves and angles to have to dress.

  13. Teresa W says:

    This is adorable! I wish I knew of some designers with size ranges and patterns that work for my body, but I haven’t had much luck. Maybe this is it! 🙂

  14. Melony says:

    I would love to win this pattern!

  15. Melony says:

    I would love to win this pattern.

  16. I am short-waisted and this pattern would actually fit me!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  17. Meig Heyburn says:

    I think my favorite indie pattern designer right now is Rachael from imagine gnats – she does a great job with size ranges and I don’t feel like a dope when I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing!

  18. Carla says:

    This is adorable. I haven’t had trouble finding my size.

  19. Dita says:

    I’m not very curvy so I’ve never noticed whether or not the pattern have a big range of sizes. I have one skirt i really like though with scallop hem

  20. kat Evans says:

    I love pencil skirts. Would live to try this pattern. THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY.

  21. Jolien says:

    My curves disappeared, but I do like these patterns! 🙂 Still working on finishing up my Billie Jean.

  22. Elizabeth J says:

    I don’t know anything about design creators or patterns or any of that stuff. Quite frankly, I’m fairly new to sewing projects. All I know is that I absolutely need this sewing oattern. This is the first one in this series that I’m going to buy whether I won this or not!

  23. Hari says:

    I’ve only ever tried one indie pattern (due to rather limited funds) that was very popular in the blogosphere and unfortunately didn’t have much success with it. But this skirt looks divine on so many body types that I’m seriously tempted.

  24. Chloe says:

    I have an ongoing mission to find (or modify) patterns to fit and flatter. I have one dress which really worked for me out of the envelope (it had cup sizes) but otherwise the mission continues! This skirt would definitely be a step in the right direction – it’s gorgeous!

  25. MelodyJ says:

    It’s not always easy to find patterns with great size options.

  26. Katy says:

    I’ve loved this pattern, but not yet added it to my collection. Great giveaway!

  27. Kyema says:

    Love this skirt! So classic.

  28. laura says:

    I haven’t gotten the nerve to sew for myself yet, but this lots like a great place to start!

  29. Rachel Hawpe says:

    I have a hard time finding curvey patterns. This skirt is cute!

  30. Tatiana says:

    I love sewing patterns for knit, they are very forgiving regarding to size…I love the Lady Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo…

  31. Kathy says:

    I’m afraid of pencil skirts because of my curves. This pattern could change my mind!

  32. Michelle E says:

    What a wonderful looking skirt, especially with the different sizes and styles. Might finally found a skirt that my mom would love for me to wear..

  33. QuiltinGram says:

    Haven ‘trade a lot of clothing lately due to costs if patterns. Skirt would be a good start at getting back to it!

  34. marie says:

    Looks fab if aimed at us curvier types. Would like to try.

  35. Lee says:

    I love this design! thanks!

  36. susan says:

    The Betsy would be perfect for work! Thanks for the chance!,

  37. Jenny says:

    I’ve purchased a few indie patterns, but have yet to sew them. Victory and Colette’s patterns have made their way in my stash, cuz they’re beautiful! Can’t wait to make a muslin and get started.

  38. Elizabeth says:

    I’m not sure that I’ve checked my indie patterns for a wide range of sizes since I usually fall to the middle of sizing but it seems very important to have a wide range. Knits are usually pretty forgiving when it comes to curves. Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. I have to admit, I’ve never tried an Indie sewing pattern for clothes…I made a Wee Wonderfuls doll, though!

  40. Mary D says:

    I have always enjoyed pencil skirts as they are figure flattering. They also highlight sexy legs.

  41. Susan Jones says:

    Love the variety. I have kind of given up on sewing for myself so I’m not familiar with the new indie pattern makers. I’m busty/hippy kind of girl and while I love my shape, it can be challenging to find patterns that fit! This looks perfect.

  42. Jess says:

    I really like the look of the Colette patterns, but I haven’t bought any yet. I did buy an Amy Butler pattern and another pattern from Serendipity and finally bought the fabric for them, so fingers crossed to see how they turn out, and then maybe I’ll have a favorite!

  43. Elisabetta says:

    I don’t sew many things for me, I am a curvy woman and I don’t think most of the patterns fit well for me! I made the Sheer Plaid Top from Serger Pepper and it turned out easy and quick and it’s nice on me!

  44. Samina says:

    This skirt looks fantastic on each of the models shown here. It’s great that it fits a wide range of body types. I’ve got several Colette & Sewaholic patterns & really like the ranges of sized that they offer.

  45. Jessica w says:

    I love the sewaholic patterns since they are designed for pear shaped women, I have made a few of her patterns, and they are wonderful

  46. Judy says:

    I have yet to use an Indie pattern but I see so many great ones out there that I will definitely have to try one. I love that most of them have a large range of sizes.

  47. Robin E says:

    I’ve had good (not great) success with the Khaliah Ali collection of Simplicity plus patterns. Truth is, I’ve not found any indie patterns that go up large enough for me (Bluegingerdoll Patterns included).

  48. erika says:

    Great pattern, I need a good pencil skirt.

  49. marilyn says:

    Love the skirt. I have not purchased indie patterns yes. I do like ottobre patterns a lot.

  50. Alexa says:

    I’ve done the Gertie pencil skirt pattern and that worked pretty well for me. I’d love to try this one too. Pencil skirts are so figure flattering.

  51. Kate says:

    I’m only now getting into sewing clothing rather than curtains and purses, so I don’t have much experience with pattern designers yet. That said, I’d love to win this pattern and give it a try!

  52. Chelle Chapman says:

    I didn’t think I could wear a pencil skirt due to my curves but seeing these ladies, {above} looking FABULOUS in their skirts, showing their wonderful curves makes me want to try one!! LOVE those looks!!!

  53. Angela says:

    I love this skirt. I’m glad to see high-waisted skirts and pants coming back into style – so flattering!

  54. Tsigeyusv says:

    That’s a lovely skirt. I’m pleased it’s shown in several sizes.

  55. Simone says:

    Oh! This would be a perfect start to an office wardrobe for me! Super cute pattern!

  56. Kim says:

    I’m dying to try this pencil skirt pattern, it seems to look flattering on every shape. You can’t go wrong with a classic pencil skirt. Not sure why I don’t have one yet!

  57. Kat says:

    Oh wow, that is one great skirt!

    I am a classic hourglass shape and I’ve found Gertie’s sewing patterns to work very well for me – the wiggle dress from her first book fit me almost straight from the pattern (I ended up taking it in just a little bit at the waist, which is pretty straightforward with the princess seams) and her blouses are also shaped well for those of us who don’t want a ridiculous amount of fabric hanging around the waist.

  58. Here is a very interesting blog post regarding Indie pattern sizing.


    I have had good fitting experiences with Jalie and some self drafted garments.

  59. Robyn says:

    I love sewaholic patterns and recently had great success with the Gabriola skirt so easy and flattering!

  60. Bonnie MS says:

    Keep your eye out for something fabulous and everyday wearable for any occasion coming from Lauren Dahl-it is my all time favorite thing I have ever sewn and a huge favorite especially of the things I have made for me!!!

  61. Cindy Ellinger says:

    Really like this skirt. Looks complimentary to several body shapes. Especially someone I know that is short waisted and long legged. Very nice indeed.

  62. Anke says:

    I did not have the chance to try such a pattern but i’m very curious if other comments will give a hint where to find more of them!

  63. Sandra says:

    I love papercut patterns and teach me fashion for how they fit my body I haven’t tried a bluegingerdoll pattern but they look flattering to any figure

  64. cindy says:

    Intriguing design.

  65. Amber Hunter says:

    Pencil Skirts and I are not always friends. I have bit of tummy and I am not a fan of having that part sticking out. I need something that will make my look curvy without displaying ‘that’ curve! I love all the patterns bluegingerdoll makes and would love to give this one try!

  66. Suzanne says:

    That would even look good on me! ??It

  67. I love Alabama Chanin’s patterns and books. And Collette, and Sew Liberated for casual clothes. I have been looking for a good pencil skirt pattern, looks like i have found it! thanks

  68. Cat says:

    I haven’t experimented with many indie patterns yet – burda, though a favorite, is as ‘standard’ you can expect, but I would like to see patterns for pear shaped femmes – this may be one!

  69. marjolein says:

    i don’t really need a huge range of sizes, as i’m an m. but i like to be able to modify the patterns

  70. My favorite indis pattern designer is… oh well there are too many I like.
    Deer and Doe, Aime comme Marie, Tilly and the Buttons are definitely my top 3!
    Thank you for this giveaway, I’ve been looking at this pattern for a while, I would love to win it!

  71. Marie says:

    Love this pattern -I’d go for a side buttoned version! Melissa’s fabric choice is great too.

    Sizing wise I’m not particularly small or large so it’s not a requirement for me personally but I do love Colette patterns and have several friends for whom their increased size ranges are great.

  72. Bekk says:

    I don’t have a favourite designer, I like to mix and match. This skirt is lovely Id like to try all of the variations.

  73. sarah says:

    i love the indie designers and i am just starting to work on a few patterns. i recently have tried the staple dress which i got in the perfect pattern parcel and this is such a good “staple” dress to have. i need to make some alterations as my post pregnancy belly does not sit where it should but all in all really pleased with this pattern.

  74. Annika says:

    I only have patterns with a limited size range. I’m at the upper end, but luckily can use almost all of the patterns that are around. However, so far I have no pencil skirt pattern, so this would be perfect!

  75. Kate says:

    I’ve given up on store-bought pencil skirts but am very eager to try sewing my own for a better fit! As for indie patterns that fit well with my curves, I’ve had great luck with Sewaholic, though their size range isn’t enormous.

  76. Lynn Potts says:

    The only indie pattern I’ve tried so far is the flora dress, from ByHandLondon. I’m at the top end of their sizing scale and found this a really easy pattern to follow, especially with their tips about modifying the dress to compensate for short waisted folk (me) and bust size (not me and my average bosom) I’m keen to get started on the Anna dress now as it seems so popular for women of all sizes.

  77. Tas says:

    I have lots of patterns to make up. Still searching for that perfect skirt, that perfect tee, that perfect dress for my 40-something, post-baby body. It’s fun trying to find them though.

  78. Jenny says:

    I have used a couple of Sewaholic patterns and they are just right for my pear shape. I sometimes find other indie patterns too youthful in shape for my age but love them on younger women. This pencil skirt is lovely, with it’s high waist and flattering shape.

  79. Jess says:

    I honestly haven’t done much sewing for myself. Most of the things I make I end up getting rid of. Jocole patterns are the exception, however. They have a great fit!

  80. Lauren Barnes says:

    Beautiful flattering skirt! 🙂

  81. Karrie Smith says:

    I like Colette and Christine Hayes. Rae Hoekstra, a few more I can’t think of right now! I gravitate towards Indie patterns than the regular ones. I LOVE this pattern! Bluegingerdoll is one of my fave designers as well.

  82. Gemma says:

    I am a big Seamster fan and am happy with their size range (though it was recently resized from 8/10/12etc to S/M/Letc for some reason). I love love love the Dandelion dress. This skirt is gorgeous too, for we curvy ladies. I love Melissa’s version that you showed.

  83. Alex says:

    Would love to give this style a try. After always sewing for my little one I’m starting to branch out and sew for myself. Currently sewing some colette patterns

  84. Kat H says:

    My fave indie designer is Papercut – I find their patterns fit me really well, and she’s just added another size to her designs as well (going up to a 44″ bust, if I remember correctly?).

  85. Ali M says:

    I’ve only gotten the Colette sewing handbook and made anything from it as far as Indie designers go. I have loved seeing the different designers showcased in these giveaway!

  86. Jennifer says:

    That skirt is super cute.

  87. carolbrowne says:

    Hmmmm…I think I would like to try this! I’ve made 1 piece of clothing…a cape. So I definitely fall in the beginner department. Fingers crossed for me!

  88. Kendra says:

    I’ve been wanting to sew a pencil skirt recently!! I can never find ones that fit me well enough! Thanks for the opportunity!

  89. Bry says:

    With both By Hand London and Colette patterns (the two indie pattern makers I’ve tried), I found that the fit is pretty good, but I still need to do an FBA even when the package measurements suggest otherwise. However, that’s still better than the other day when I made a Simplicity dress with a pencil skirt type bottom that appeared very tight on the package… I followed my measurements and the instructions precisely and ended up with a huge sack! I’d love a real pencil skirt pattern properly fit and tested to curvy sizes.

  90. Rachel says:

    I am a fan of CAKE patterns. The Tiramisu dress is one of my staples.

  91. Sarah says:

    Simplicity has always seemed to work for me; I haven’t tried any of the Indie patterns yet. I’m hourglass, but have recently developed a “tummy” so I don’t really know what works anymore. Thanks for the wonderful giveaways! I hopeing to be able to do some pattern testing as a result of the patterns you’ve highlighted here to see what works for my current body.

  92. Mary Kaye Cole says:

    I’ve just purchased my first indie sewing pattern, so I’m not that familiar with range of sizes. I do love these pencil skirts!

  93. Christianne McCall says:

    Love pencil skirts!!

  94. Julie says:

    I have always wanted to wear a pencil skirt, I have this assumption that ‘ladies’ wear them. But I avoid them because I have a flat butt. But this pattern is tempting me to try.

  95. Lelia says:

    I love cake patterns due to there extended sizes and am sooo glad to see indie patterns working on this!

  96. Sarah says:

    I am fairly new to sewing so I am not too familiar with many patterns yet…

  97. Hillary says:

    I rarely sew from patterns. Most of my sewing is from tutorials on the web and I am still looking for a pattern that really flatters my figure.

  98. Mama Lusco says:

    Cute skirt! As a larger lady, I appreciate designers who include bigger sizes. Jocole and Cake are two of my favorites.

  99. Shannon says:

    What a lovely versatile skirt pattern! I’d love to win this, pick me please!!

  100. Alexandra says:

    I love Colette patterns! Oldies, but great patterns.

  101. Ginger says:

    I love Cake patterns and she has a good range of sizes.

  102. Valerie says:

    I love it! I’ve been looking for a pencil skirt pattern in plus size – they are surprisinly (dissapointingly) hard to find. And no, ‘curvy’ fit is not the same thing. I like that a number or different sewists with different body types tried it and its flattering on them all. A mark of a good pattern is it can fit different sizes/shapes, imo.

  103. Meg says:

    I love colette’s new range of sizes and i love how sewaholic makes patterns for us hippy ladies!

  104. denise says:

    Flattering even for the bigger woman!? That sounds perfect. Love to win it!

  105. Maddy says:

    The Staple Dress and Concert Tee patterns have given me lots of room to grade and adjust to my measurements. I love what Sew Caroline has done with her latest pattern- showing all of her testers in all of the different sizes. I also love this skirt- it looks so versatile!

  106. Honora says:

    Bluegingerdoll is fast becoming my #1 fav for patterns! I love that they are designed for curves, as not much is. I am able to sew them right up without having to make any adjustments, and that makes me super super happy.

  107. Kiwimel says:

    I have absolutely no waist to speak of so often end up with hips that are size 10-12 ( which seems insanely small) and a waist measurement that is nowhere close to even the biggest size. Sigh!
    But I’m playing and adapting patterns. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a wee while it’s gorgeous 🙂

  108. Martha says:

    I have tried two new patterns from Sew Liberated lately and I love the fit and style. They make me feel good and I can’t wait to make more! This skirt pattern is just what I am looking for. My mom gave me some awesome 80’s fabric and it needs to be a pencil skirt.

  109. Casey says:

    I can never find a decent pencil skirt anywhere and especially one that fits properly. I would love the chance to win this pattern so I make one myself. 🙂

  110. Cynthia says:

    Love this style!

  111. Tomiko says:

    That is so beautiful and flattering! I love all the different variations, they all look so different.

  112. Cindy G. says:

    I’m just beginning to explore indie pattern designers (which is why I love this series feature!), so I can’t pick a favorite. I also haven’t sewn clothing for myself since I developed curves worth flattering 🙂 I did some clothing sewing in high school and one summer in college, but have focused on bags and household items since then. I love the look of pencil skirts so I’m hoping to add them into my sewing rotation soon!

  113. Southern Gal says:

    I love that this pattern comes in so many sizes! Beautiful. I don’t sew much for myself because I don’t like altering patterns. I love sewing for my daughter, though. I may try this pattern for myself!

  114. Faith says:

    I’ve found Jocole patterns to fit very well.

  115. Kathy Jones says:

    I love this!!!

  116. I have a favorite t-shirt pattern by Ottobre Design. It isn’t too snug without being baggy and is super cute and comfy.

  117. I just found this designer today and I am in LOVE. I’ve been frustrated in the lack of plus size (aka normal sized) patterns and was looking around the internet for inspiration for the betsy skirt and found this site. I was going to buy this exact pattern TOMORROW! I have only purchased from the big four so this would be my first indie pattern. If I don’t win I will be purchasing ASAP. I have also been looking at Hand London, and Christine Haynes. I am hoping that I will need less adjusting with these indie patterns that specifically market for my shape.

  118. mjb says:

    I like it when a pattern tells me who it was drafted for, or specifically how to choose/fit for my shape and size. I usually fit into the range of patterns, but also need to know what finished measurements/ease to expect.

  119. Jenna says:

    I love that Colette patterns is sized for a larger bust… No FBA needed!!

  120. Sam says:

    This is a lovely pattern!

  121. Bettina says:

    I’d seen Melissa’s lovely version, but hadn’t realized how many ways this could be styled! fingers crossed…

  122. Christina Sylka says:

    I love this pattern. It’s really hard to find beautiful plus-size patterns, so this looks amazing. I have had some success with Colette Patterns.

  123. Carolyn says:

    I am just starting to find indie patterns so I don’t have a favorite as of now. Looking forward to trying out some.

  124. Jenn R says:

    I don’t have a lot of experience with clothing patterns. I love the idea of a large range of sizes.

  125. Susan Mitchell says:

    I love this pattern, so cute! I would love to win this pattern so I can make one myselg:)

  126. anna says:

    Sewaholic patterns work well for my shape, but I’d love to give this skirt a try!

  127. sarah says:

    I do not have a Favorite Indie Pattern But I love This Pencil Skirt And Happy to see full figured women Models as I am one myself Thanks for the chance to win.

  128. ParisGrrl says:

    I like Deer @ Doe’s use not only of multi-sizing, but also their default of c-cup in the busts. The pencil skirt looks like it would be great for my figure; I’d live to give it a try.

  129. Sherry says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful.

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