We’ll tell you how to calculate how much fabric you need to get on a narrow pencil skirt.

## What determines the consumption of fabric for a pencil skirt

**A pencil skirt differs from a classic straight skirt by narrowing down along the side sections** .

For convenience, in most cases, the middle seam of the back panel is formed by a slot or a cut. More complex models may have embossed seams, undercuts, coquette and other design features.

The following factors affect the amount of tissue consumption.

**Girth of the hips**. Measured parallel to the floor, through the protruding points of the hips, buttocks and abdomen.**The length of the product**in the finished form.**Web width**, standard - 1.5 m, less often - 1.1 m.**Drawing**on the material:**the greater the rapport, the higher the consumption**.**Design features of the**skirt**model**.

**Important!** If the model has too many reliefs and additional elements, the consumption will increase at least 2 times.

## How to make a calculation of fabric for sewing a pencil skirt

### Fabric selection

First you need to decide on the materials.

**Tip** . For the first time, you should choose a canvas without drawings, because special skills are needed to sew a product with a print.

A dense fabric that stretches slightly in the transverse direction is best. So the skirt will be easier to fit on the figure.

### Fabric calculation data

To calculate the material consumption for a classic pencil skirt with a slit at the back, we take the following quantities.

- Canvas: width 1.5 m (folded 0.75 m).
- Half hips - 0.5 m.
- The allowance for free fit on the hips is 1 cm.

**Reference.** The amount of increase depends on how tight fit you need to achieve, as well as on the elasticity of the material.

- The allowances for the side seams are 3 cm (1.5 on each side).
- The allowance for the back seam is 1.5 cm.
**The last two values can be reduced, but for beginners it is better to**play it safe**.**

### How to calculate web consumption

- Subtract all other values from 75, we get 19.5 cm. For a given size, one material length is enough.

**Important!** If the number turned out to be negative, it is necessary to take two lengths of the product.

- Product length - 0.6 m.
- The seam allowance along the waistline is 1 cm;
- Belt width - 5-6 cm;
- The allowances for the belt to be fitted to the waist line are 1.2 cm x 2 = 2.4.
- 4 cm hem allowance.
- Shrinkage and bevel allowance - 15 cm.
**As a result, we get the final result of the amount of material used for a pencil skirt**: 60 + 1 + 6 + 2.4 + 4 + 15 = 88.4.

They will not measure this in the store, so we **round off the result to 0.9 m** and boldly go shopping.