I have traced out the back of the pencil skirt pattern. There is an interesting section in the Easy Guide To Sewing Skirts about how to add walking ease to a slim skirt. The purpose of this ease is to allow for movement so that the pleat or vent stays in place and doesn’t turn itself inside out or spread open unattractively. This book is on Google Books and you can read this section even if you don’t happen to have the book. Just search for ‘walking ease’ in Google Books and click on The Easy Guide To Sewing Skirts.
For my first skirt, I am going to use the pleat just as it is and see how it works on my daughter. I can always add more walking ease in future skirts.
Here’s my finished pattern with the pleat transplanted to the center back.
I found a length of brown wool blend suiting in the stash, so I will try to buy some Bemberg lining at the sale this weekend and make my first lined skirt. For the first attempt, I am going to do interlining and Hong Kong finish and a centered back zipper.