Sunday, June 19, 2011

Knit Pencil Skirt



I love stripes, I don't know why, I just prefer striped fabric to any other fabric.

I bought some knit fabric to make the little man some pants, and I had plenty left over, So I made myself skirt. It seriously took like 25 minutes. There is only one seam and some elastic. I didn't even finish the hem. (I didn't want to lose the length, plus knit doesn't fray)


Here is how I made it:

I took a pencil skirt which fit me well and turned it inside out. I folded the fabric in half. I wanted only one seam in the back of the skirt. So I placed the skirt with the front lining up with my fold. I traced the skirt and added about 5 inches to the bottom. I wanted this to be a long pencil skirt:


I cut my fabric:


(Later as I sewed the seam together and tried the skirt on, I realized I should have tapered the bottom if I wanted that pencil skirt look. I fixed it)
So your bottom should be almost as wide as the top:


Then I put the right sides together and sewed the one seam:



Next, I measured my waist and cut some elastic:

Sew the edges of the elastic like so:

Open up the elastic and sew down both of the flaps:



Then put the elastic and skirt with the right sides together (line up the elastic seam with the skirt seam) and pin in 4 places:



Sew the elastic to the skirt. Stretch the elastic as you go:

That's it!

I love my new skirt:

The back:

Now little man and I have matching clothes :)


Yipee!!


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81 comments:

  1. wow, i love this skirt and you look fabulous in it! And 25 minutes!! that is my kind of project. I need that skirt! and i love the heels with it. who took the pix? I can never find anyone to take good pictures for me.

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  2. that is so cute and EASY!!! it also makes your curves look great...i think i need one! haha. i also love your nude heels! so cute!!

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  3. Really cute! Come check out a dress shirt skirt!

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  4. Oh love the matching outfits! And a great straightforward tutorial for the skirt too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  5. Okay, I love your skirt. And I love your style. Love love love. Kay I'll stop saying love. ;)

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  6. You are rocking that skirt!! I love it!! Your little man is so sweet too!! I want to try this and hope I can pull it off with my 4'11 frame ;) I totally feel you on the stripes :) I'm your newest follower!

    We host a linky party "Strut Your Stuff Sunday!" We would love for you to link up! We appreciate it!!

    Kristine
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  7. You look ADORABLE! Great job! and you make sewing look so easy! Love the matching bottoms for you and lil man!

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  8. LOVE IT! I'm pinning this for later!

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  9. I love your skirt! It looks so easy! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try my own!

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  10. Wow - I LOVE your striped skirt! Stripes are so in this summer. Thanks for showing us how it's done!

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  11. I love these striped pencil skirts! I'll have to make myself one!

    xoxo

    Ana Paula - Pretty in Polka Dots

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  12. Love it! Especially your outfit! It is fabulous! I love the colors. I have a skirt kinda like that and I may have to copy you.... :)

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  13. P.S. I pinned this here: http://pinterest.com/pin/45377304/

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  14. Visiting from Sweet Floweret... LOVE that skirt! And you can never go wrong with stripes :) I'm a stripe-aholic... nautical stripes, french stripes, color-blocked stripes... it's all wonderful!

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  15. Love it! I've made em for my daughter but never for myself. Maybe I'll have to give it a try. ;)
    By the way, do you live in the NW? Your fence and trees look like Seattle. (I grew up there.)

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  16. Love it!!! I am working on (my first!) skirt now as well and I have to say that working with a stretchy fabric is so hard (as I'm only new to sewing). I need more practice! Will bookmark this great tuto!
    Esther.

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  17. Looks great! Your whole outfit is fabulous. I wish I could wear stripes that well.

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  18. Wow what a great skirt, and I love the turquoise with it too!! Where do you get black elastic? I can't ever seem to find any :(

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  19. Great skirt!! I am just starting to sew clothing so it is good inspiration for me! I wouldn't have thought to use knit for a skirt.

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  20. It looks great! I love stripes too. Thanks for the tutorial. :) I found you on Funky Polkadot Giraffe. I'm a new follower.

    Amanda
    www.thelittlegiggler.blogspot.com

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  21. How cute! Very nice tutorial- really well written! You're welcome to link up to my Manic Monday linky party: at SewHappyGeek

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  22. That skirt is HOTT!!!! I love it. It is an amazing length and goes so well with that cardi. Great work!!!!!!

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  23. You and that skirt rock! Thanks for the link!I'll be featuring this on Friday on BCD!

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  24. Thi is sooo pretyy! Love it.. and you look amazing in it! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/06/pink-hippo-party-34.html

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  25. Beautiful! And you style it so nicely too!

    Found you via Funky Polkadot Giraffe.

    http://modjoonthefly.blogspot.com/

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  26. visiting from fireflies and jellybeans, love the skirt and even more the matching outfits
    craftedbymama.blogspot.com
    amy

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  27. Oh, I love this! Saw it featured at Sugar Bee. SOOO cute. This is going on my to do for sure.

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  28. I really, really love your skirt. Nice job!

    A Winding Road

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  29. Great pics and love that skirt!
    Thanks again!
    Jenni
    kissedbbyafrog.blogspot.com

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  30. This is so adorable! You look too cute and the skirt is fabulous!

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  31. The lines, the colors, the lengths ... you have quite possibly stolen my little crafty heart!
    Thanks for linking this up to the Throwback Thursday party.
    www.luxeboulevard.blogspot.com

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  32. Visiting from the party over at Kissed By A Frog. What a beautiful, classy and chic skirt and a perfect tutorial to go with it!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  33. wow. I can't believe how great that turned out! I am going to have to try that sometime!

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  34. what a gorgeous skirt! i cannot believe it really is that simple. i think i might just be on the hunt now for some fabric like that so I can make my own :) thanks!!

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  35. Hey Hot Mama! That is adorable and i love that you based it on an existing piece that you like. :)

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  36. Question: About how much fabric would you estimate that you used for this? 1/2 yard? 3/4 yard? I am such a bad guesser! If you could reply via email, I would totally appreciate it. This looks like a perfect weekend project!

    Thanks for sharing yet another great tutorial.

    -MJ @ MD School Mrs.

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    1. Did you ever found out the answer of this?, I'm a bad guesser too.

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  37. Hey, just wanted to let you know I featured your link today at SewHappyGeek's Feature Friday!

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  38. Really cute! I love it. I am a new sewer, so a stripe would intimidate me....but you make it look easy! I will have to try. I just made Mommy and Me dresses for me and my 2 y/o daughter.

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  39. Love it LOVE it LOVE IT!!! Please share this at my blog party Simply Creative over at 365 days to Simplicity. I would love it if you did! ;)

    http://365days2simplicity.blogspot.com/2011/06/simply-creative-blog-party-2.html

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  40. nice skirt - beautiful family! thank you for sharing!

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  41. Great skirt - thanks for the step-by-step photos. 25 minutes - wow - you couldn't go shopping for a skirt in that time. You are one little hotty!!

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  42. Thanks so much for sharing with my Pink Hippo Party! Can't wait to see what you share next week.. and I am your newest follower!

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  43. WOWOWOWZA!! You are one hott Momma!! Love love the skirt!!

    XO Lindsay

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  44. Thank you for joining me at my blog party Simply Creative! Stop by this Thursday and we'll party again!!

    Angela
    http://365days2simplicity.blogspot.com

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  45. Love this skirt! I would love for you to share it at my Fantastic Friday link party. http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com
    Thanks

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  46. Loved your post so much I featured you this week at my Weekly Link Party

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button!!

    xoxo
    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  47. Wow! You rock!

    I'm curious what color is on your living room wall? I'm painting mine right now and it looks quite similar to Refreshing Pool by Behr.

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  48. so cute!

    Your newest follower,

    abby
    i---create.blogspot.com
    (come follow me?)

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  49. You are rockin' that skirt Chicka! I am featuring you in the a.m.

    Halz

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  50. so cute, I am going to give this a try.

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  51. Ah this is so cute!!! Love it and going to make me one ASAP!!!


    Ourlifeasmrandmrstaylor.blogspot.com

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  52. I'm obsessed with stripes! My husband laughs, because I can't shop without buying at least 1 striped thing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this skirt! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. What a beautiful skirt and it looks so easy!

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  54. Nice job! I'm loving stripes too :) Visiting from Grosgrain!

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  55. popped over from pintrest! you are too cute! please say you ordered that fabric online? I cannot find striped jersey!! thanks!

    xo

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  56. Love the skirt! Soon as I am at the weight I want to be, I'll be making a ton of these :D
    What is your sons name? Ours is Nicolai, and since he was born Daddy has been calling him his "Little Man"

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  57. Wow! This is awesome, I can't wait to try it out! Nice job, I LOVE the striped fabric as well! :)

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  58. Love the idea. I was actually thinking of an-line skirt using the same process. Question: was the skirt you used as pattern a woven or knit?

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  59. Excellent tutorial! I want to make a matching skirt and pant set for me and my little man!! Too cute!!

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  60. gorgeous! so stylish and practical. And your photos are great. You've got talent!!

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  61. Such a cute idea, and it looks great on you!

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  62. Darling skirt. Just love it. And it looks fabulous on you!!

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  63. PS. Stop by and link up to Make It Wear it @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  64. I just featured this! Stop by and grab a featured button if you'd like!

    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

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  65. LOve this...great job! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/

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  66. Love this! Where did you get that fabric? Found some big red/blue stripe at Joann, but no nice blue/white.

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  67. Love this skirt! (Like everyone else!!) :) Just wondering where you bought the fabric??

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  68. very very cute! I must make one... :D

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  69. Made it! I love it! Thanks so much! You make it soo easy!Btw, you look great in yours! :)

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  70. Wow it looks amazing. And fits perfectly. This never happens when I make clothes for myself:(


    www.2littlesuperheroes.com

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  71. So cute!! Thanks a lot for sharing. I pin it. I really love stripes.
    Carolina

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  72. I'm about to try this! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  73. I loved it! It will be my next project ;)

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  74. what kind of material did you use?

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  75. Thank you for sharing and I like that you made the skirt a little longer. I'm in the process of upcycling several items in my closet and this is a perfect project!
    Cheers,
    Marie @ Substance of Living

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  76. This is such a great tutorial! Thank you for documenting it step-by-step. AllFreeSewing would love to link up to you so that our readers can learn how to make this skirt.

    Thanks again!

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