Free Leather Pencil Skirt Pattern


on't mind me, I'm just kicking ass and taking names in my awesome leather pencil skirt. Okay, well I at least feel like I'm kicking ass in it! I've been ogling leather skirts on Pinterest for the better part of this winter. I originally wanted to make a pleated olive green skirt but you'd be amazed at how hard it is to find that color in vinyl leather, let alone one made for apparel! This fabric is actually a leather coating from Hancock fabrics and it has just enough stretch for movement and accentuating curves.
The best part, the pattern is free! FREE! Republique Du Chiffon was one of my many french blogs/ pattern makers that I've been google translating and gushing over. Her patterns are very minimalist. Which is great for leather, It can only bend so much. I love the style lines of this skirt and it didn't take long or a lot of fabric to piece it together. I chose to topstitch each panel, just an extra step to up the anti in my book.
This is the first pencil skirt I've made or even worn that doesn't flare out because of my bum and it's all about the way the pattern pieces are curved. That kick pleat is a God send, especially when trying to get in and out of a mini van! I'm still amazed that this pattern is free. There are so many possibilities with it. If you wanted to add even a little more stretch to it you could do a thick ribbed knit on the sides. it'd be a great texture mix. You could even go for an exposed metal zipper, accent it with a neon color.
Keep in mind that this pattern does not have instructions to it. I've translated (to the best of my ability using google translate & deciphering cursive handwriting) the pattern pieces. So here you go: There are no instructions her handwriting is hard to read and the pieces are labeled in french
Milieu Dos: Center Back
Cote Dos: Side Back
Entre Deux Dos: are the back pieces that are between the center back and side back
Cote Devant: Side Front
Milieu Devant: Middle Front (cut this one on fold where it says pli au tissu
Entre Deux Devant: are the front pieces that are between the center front and the side front
Cenforme Devant: Front facing (cut on fold)
Enforme Dos: Back facing
If you know French and if I am completely off, please leave a comment so I can fix it. 
 Sweater: Thrifted, Skirt: Handmade, Shoes: Ninewest, Necklace: Forever21
I'm claiming this skirt as a solid basic. I looked for a few different ways to wear it and I was surprised to find so many ideas that kept it polished and even, dare I say it, work appropriate! Or in my case church appropriate since that's really the only place I go dressed up.  I also wanted to see if I would be able to carry it into my spring wardrobe, and I have to say it transitions quite nicely!
I made a Colette Sorbetto from some floral fabric I had left over. It ended up being a little short for me but it's the perfect length for a high-waist pencil skirt. the mixture of leather and floral makes me feel like a fashion ninja. I know that combo isn't a new concept but it opens up a whole new world of possibilities when you go beyond just color matching but think about texture, pattern, etc.

So what about you? Is there a combo you've been wanting to try?


  1. Love the look! Thanks for the inside info on the free pattern! Who knew? I've translated the page and can't for the life of me figure out how to get the download of the pattern. Can you walk me through how you get it? Thanks! Karen

  2. I fixed the link for the pattern, you should be able to download it now. I also wrote out the translations of the pattern pieces. hopefully that will help everyone. What fabric are you gonna make your skirt out of?

  3. Thanks! Just saw this and the new link works!