DIY: Bright Pencil Skirt

It's DIY Mondays and this week I've made a pencil skirt. This is my second skirt that I've made like this. The first one was black and I thought it would be nice to have one in a bright color for the summer. After browsing the selections at the fabric store, I chose a shade of pink. Isn't it a pretty color? Here is the tutorial.

Supplies needed:
1 yard of stretchy fabric like Jersey
1 package of 1 inch wide elastic
measuring tape
chalk or marking pencil
sewing machine
Take your waist measurement around the smallest part of your waist. Divide in half.
Measure from your waist down to the bottom of your knee or the length you choose. Add about 2 inches for seam allowance.
Fold the fabric in half. 
Using a ruler mark the waist measurement horizontally from the fold. Mark the length measurement vertically from the waist measurement. 
Cut across the markings. Sew a seam down the length of the skirt about 1/2 away from the edge.
Put the elastic around your waist and pull snugly. Cut and sew the ends together using a zig zag stitch.
Sew the ends of the elastic together. 
Pin the elastic to the edge of the skirt. Make sure the seam of the elastic is lined up with the seam of the skirt. 
Sew a zig zag stitch or use a serger to stitch the elastic to the skirt. You will need t o pull the elastic to make sure it is lined up on the waist.
Fold down the elastic and tack on the seam to make sure it stays in place. You can also sew around the bottom of the elastic.
Hem your skirt about 1 inch using a long zig zag stitch. This is supposed to help jersey and knit fabrics from gathering.
You can also watch the video tutorial from Mimi G.

I used the skirt as my day to night piece on Saturday. I changed the top, shoes, and accessories and my look went from comfy and casual to date night. How was your weekend?

Outfit Details:
Skirt - DIY
Denim Button Up - H&M
Printed Button Up - Buffalo Exchange
Tank - H&M
Sneakers - Keds
Pumps - Payless
Hat - Kohls


  1. wow, that is a great skirt... lovely

  2. Just gorgeous! I doubt I could make that skirt as well as you did but this makes me want to try a bit of sewing! I love the date night outfit x

  3. Thanks Hannah. I'm sure you can. The original tutorial was made for beginners. :-)

  4. That is so cute. I love a good pencil skirt, I wore my black one out this weekend! I am not as crafty as you when it comes to making clothes, I'd probably end up with a t-shirt or something.

  5. This is actually one of the easier tutorials. Anyone can make a pencil skirt. :-)

  6. Your outfit is awesome. Simple and chic.

  7. I love how this skirt turned out :) Plus I love pink so even better!


  8. Gorgeous skirt Mo! Looks great on you and what a perfect color for summer,


  9. Never in a million years would I have thought we could make our own pencil skirts. I'm def saving this in my 'DIY' files and hopefully get round to doing them one day or most like just give to my mum to make it.


  10. That looks like a really awesome and versatile skirt!

  11. Ivy, you should definitely try it on your own first. :-)

  12. Thanks Tiffy! I may make a purple one too.

  13. Thanks. :-) I like pieces even more when it looks good dressed up and down.

  14. This came out so cute! I really wish I could sew...I see so many bloggers making amazing clothes for themselves.

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  15. Thanks Sharon. The only way to learn is to just do it. Practice makes perfect and I'm still learning. :-)

  16. I am so impressed with anyone with sewing skills! This turned out sooo good!

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  17. I know Mo but I'm terrible at sewing and I'm always scared that I will sew my fingers together wityh a sowing maching :(

  18. Would love for you to share this at my link up that goes live tomorrow at 8am


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