Monthly Archives: December 2012

Pencil Skirt Re-Fashion — I made this!

I haven’t been able to sit down and blog for the last few weeks, I blame it on the crazy holiday season, but I am back and today I am posting about my attempt at re-fashioning a skirt.

I have read a lot of tutorials on clothes re-fashioning and have always been fascinated by them. I’m not much of a seamstress, due mainly to my lack of patience, but the thought of finding oversized clothes at a thrift shop for a few bucks and transforming them into classy clothes was too much for me to resist.

So I took a look at our local Goodwill and found this wool skirt:

Wool Skirt

It was a quality skirt with a lining, and while I probably shouldn’t have chosen a lined skirt as my first attempt, it was too good of a deal to pass up. $3? Yes please.

Side note, I also found these rocking yellow heels at Goodwill! Wee!!

Fancy Yellow Shoes


Back to the refashion — here’s the before picture…please forgive my jeans and slippers, it just shows how big the skirt was.

Ugly Before Picture

And here is what it turned into:

IMG_1646 Finished!Finished!

Here’s how I did it. First I put on the skirt and pinned it in the shape I wanted. I had to do, and re-do this several times until I got a relatively even shape on both sides:

Pin Up

I want to note that I only pinned the wool skirt, not the lining, I dealt with that later. I pinned it in the shape I wanted and then drew lines with a white pencil where I wanted to sew. Note — I wore this inside out and pinned it to make it easier.

Pattern Drawn

If you look closely the pins are there and I traced the line with a white pencil. This kind of gave me an extra line to follow when sewing.

The next bit of the process took the longest of all. I sewed along the lines and then tried it on. This resulted in a few sessions of ripping out the stitches and re-doing the line so it would fit better. I’m sure there is a better way to do this, but since I’m a novice and I like “doing” I just went for it. 🙂

First stitch

You can see my first attempt resulted in some lopsided stitching. But never fear! I ripped out the stitches and adjusted and came out with this:


 I would try on the skirt after each seam I made to see if it was fitting correctly and would adjust as needed. You can see I have multiple lines sewn here, I decided to use the first stitching line as a guide for where I needed to take in the skirt. After I had it how I liked I took out the extra stitches and began pinning the lining:


I trimmed it all up and hemmed both layers:

IMG_1622 Trim & Hem

And then we have the final skirt!


I hope this inspired you to take some oversized clothes and make them new again! I think using a pattern would also have made this a bit easier, but this worked!

Happy Sewing!


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