DIY Quick and Easy High Waisted Pencil Skirt

DIY Quick and Easy High Waisted Pencil Skirt
When it comes to skirts, high waisted pencil skirts are my absolute favorite.  They tend to be quick and easy when your in a wardrobe crunch and can be made in a matter of minutes.  I made this one using this silk jersey from Mood that feels so incredibly rich. Following the instructions below, I challenge you to whip your own up.

Top-Zara dress altered to become a top last seen here
Skirt- DIY
Heels- Gucci
Shades:Ralph Lauren

Stretch jersey/knit fabric approx
Tape measure
Rotary cutter or scissors

1. Measure your waist just below your belly button, divide that number in half-make note of that number (for curvier figures, add 1″ to that number).
2. Measure from your belly button down to where you want your skirt to end and add 1/2 inch-make note of that number.
3. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and using your yardstick mark the above measurements on your fabric.  ex: waist 28 /2 14 +1 15″  by length 30 1/2″ and cut your fabric to those measurements.
3. Fold the fabric so the correct side of the fabric is touching each other and sew this side seam closed.
4. Once the seam is closed, lay your fabric flat with the seam on your left and starting at the top left, cut fabric at a diagonal removing only 1″ from the right side.

5.  For the waistband, measure the smallest part of your waist and divide the number- make note of that number.
6. Cut a piece of fabric, 7″ X your waist measurement.
7. Fold the fabric so the correct side of the fabric is touching each other and sew this waist side seam closed.
8. Lay the waistband flat at the top of the skirt edge and cut the bottom of the waistband at the angle that corresponds with the edge of the skirt.
9. Sew the waistband to the skirt
10. Fold the waistband over 3″ and hem.
11. Fold your skirt hem under 1/2″ and hem



  1. July 1, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    very nice. I may try this with some stretch denim looking jersey material that I have.

    Finally made it to Mood in NYC. it was overwhelming

  2. July 1, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    I felt the same way initially lol It's a lot going on. The selection is betetr online but the ability to touch and feel the fabric makes it all worth it 🙂

    • July 2, 2013 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you Sing

  3. July 1, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    Love this skirt! And the tonal browns look so rich!

    • July 2, 2013 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you Erica

    • July 2, 2013 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you Timesha

  4. Anonymous
    July 2, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    Lovely! and your body is sick!!

  5. July 2, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    You are fab….I wish I knew how to sew how did you learn?

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you Greg 🙂 I watched youtube videos and simple trial and error

  6. Anonymous
    July 2, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    I love your body and skirt…I wish I knew how to did you learn?

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:21 pm

      Thank you I just kinda jumped in along with a few youtibe videos

  7. Anonymous
    July 2, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    oh my goodness, you have a gorgeous body! keep doin what ya doin!

  8. Anonymous
    July 3, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Do you make custom orders of this skirt?

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      I will starting next week. It will be up in my Etsy store

  9. July 4, 2013 / 12:51 pm

    One of my favs so far! This is your calling 🙂

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you Norma

  10. Ashley
    July 5, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    Do you have a DIY for your belt?

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      I do, I haven't gotten around to posting it yet but it's on the agenda.

  11. July 6, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Your shape is amazing!!!! Oh and nice outfit too!!!!! Lol

    • July 9, 2013 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you Angie 🙂

  12. Anonymous
    July 24, 2013 / 3:18 am

    I love this! How long have you been sewing? This skirt is so rich in color its stunning what was the length of this skirt

    • October 19, 2013 / 12:23 pm

      I've been sewing now for about a year and a half. I'm relatively new considering most people that sew have been doing it since they were kids. The skirt is 30.5 " long

  13. Anonymous
    July 24, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Hi I love the skirt but I have some questions what did you sew the side seam at 1/2 inch and also how did you finish the hem blind hem twin needle or just a straight stitch also do you wear the seam to the back or do you wear the seam on the side when wearing the skirt. Everytime I sew a skirt with one seam and wear it to the back it looks like the seam is bunching up any advice? Thanks

  14. August 1, 2013 / 3:07 am

    ce modèle c' est fabuleux tu la porte a merveille cette tenue pour ce modèle il faut être mince c' est ton cas et le mien aussi j' adore ce genre de jupe c' est ultra féminin!! bravo merci

  15. Anonymous
    August 10, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    This was an easy skirt to make. I loved the picture of a real life girl with curves. My waist is small, but I have a booty, hips and legs, toned from running. The way the skirt looked on you made me want to do it, and I was not disappointed. Again, easy to make.

    • October 19, 2013 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I'm so happy it turned out well for you. I would love to see a picture.


  16. Anonymous
    October 17, 2013 / 4:28 am

    Hi Nikki, I just founded you on pinterest this week. I'm one happy SOUL. 🙂 I'm sitting at my sewing making the high waisted pencil skirt now. The waist band instruction are a little confusing to me. When I measurer the smallest part of my waist. Do I dividend that number by 2? Also, I'm not sure what to do with the 7" of fabric. Please help. Thanks

    • October 19, 2013 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you :

      You should divide your waist number by 2. Make sure you are using a stretch fabric. The 7" of fabric is the the high waist portion of the skirt. Your going to cut the fabric 7" wide by the number you come up with after you divide your waist by 2. I hope this helps.


    • November 3, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      Just saw this on Pinterest…and I love it! You look absolutely fab in this outfit and I can't wait to check out your other posts.

  17. Anonymous
    November 6, 2013 / 11:01 pm

    So inspired but I don't think I can quite pull off the look as effortlessly as you do!

  18. January 11, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I know this is older post but I love this brown skirt. when you post your fabric that you buy from mood can you link it? also you since you recommend them maybe you can $$ and offer discount for users from your blog, Mimi G offer discounts and I'm sure she gets discounts too:)

  19. January 17, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Im so lost on the cutting at a diagonal and waistband part, heelllp lol.

    • January 27, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      If you cut it straight across, it will give the same effect. I usually cut at a diagonal because on my body it more flattering.

  20. February 12, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    I absolutely love this tutorial! I'm going to try this asap! You are in excellent shape. Would love if you posted your fitness regimen too.

  21. February 12, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Absolutely love this tutorial! You look amazing too!

  22. Anonymous
    June 21, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    This is a great tutorial, and I love the color combination. You look amazing!

  23. September 17, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    This is an awesome skirt and I feel very inspired by it but I was more inspired to go to the gym ( which I have). Thank you so much for your two inspirations you gave to me!!!!

  24. Anonymous
    September 30, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous outfit! Thanks for the tutorial, going to a rockabilly themed bday party and need a 50s type skirt! This will be perfect 🙂 Really love your belt too!
    Awesome job for being self taught!

    From another self taught sewist! lol


  25. November 11, 2014 / 9:40 am

    I love this, but am so confused! You say take your waist measurement and divide by 2. But looking at your example, 28 ÷ 2, that would = 14. But you've got 17+1….how did you get 17? (i understand the +1 inch part, but not where you got 17 from?)? Please help!! I bought fabric today to make this and I'm keen to get started but please help! 🙂

    • November 12, 2014 / 11:52 am

      Hi Jacqui your are absolutely right and the first person that caught this math typo lol. That number should have been 15.

      Thank you

  26. February 18, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Not sure if my question made it previously so I apologize if this is duplicated. I am a newbie to sewing and this skirt is on my list to make. Exactly how much fabric do I need to make this skirt? I am 5'4, small body type. I do know measurements are different when buying patterns but I wear a size 6 in store bought clothes. Also I did check out mood fabrics and did not see jersey/knit combo. What fabric type exactly did you use.

  27. Anonymous
    February 22, 2015 / 1:58 am

    What's your name on Etsy? Love the look!

  28. July 15, 2015 / 12:23 am

    Saw one of your pics and Pinterest and had to come here, great post. Love your entire look. Thanks for sharing instructions on how to make the skirt.

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