DIY herringbone pencil skirt and sweatshirt

Then there’s that wool you love so much you make multiple looks out of it.  Being the lover of wool that I am, this wool from Mood is probably one of my all time favorites. I’m madly in love with the fact it’s a rich fabric that provides structure with a slight stretch, making it a perfect choice for dresses, skirts, pants and jackets.

The skirt was made using my favorite self drafted pencil skirt found here with the following alterations:
-Added a 2″ hem band

The top was made with this McCalls M6992  sweatshirt pattern view A with the following alterations:
-Added a back seam
-Added a 9″ zipper down the back
-Removed 5″ from the length
-Removed 1/2″ from the back pattern at the neck
-Added 1 1/2″ to the length of the sleeve
-Added 4″ to the waist band

Skirt- DIY
Clutch-Bottega Venetta
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Shades- Stella McCartney




  1. December 9, 2014 / 7:25 am

    Beautiful! I've made four versions of this sweatshirt. But yours is just so gorgeous. I like your changes. And those shoes! Love!

  2. December 9, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Me again….could you provide details about your jacket? Thanks.

  3. December 9, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    OMG!!! Sweatshirt never look so good and that ass!(sorry I know everyone will be thinking the same but can't help but comment) And you had a child not long ago!!! I need to start following your exercise routine if you posted some.
    I could not find this fabric when I went to mood, and bought another herringbone to make the other dress and after seeing this, ordering online:) This is just way too cute. PS: How many yards of fabric did you use?

  4. December 9, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    Love this! Impeccable as always…..your talent is absolutely amazing!

  5. December 9, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    Oh I can't wait to try this love it!!

  6. December 9, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    Never mind re question on the jacket…I see that's a Burberry. Nifty. I'll have to see how I can recreate that on my sewing machine.

  7. December 9, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Oh I love it!!! I'm truly inspired with this look.

  8. December 9, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I love your ability to take an awful looking pattern and see beyond the pattern sleeve to make a fantastic garment.

  9. December 10, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Love this! You look great post-baby! Cant wait for your post about getting back to your pre-baby weight/size.

  10. Anonymous
    December 10, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    Lovely outfit!

  11. December 10, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Such a chic interpretation of our sweatshirt pattern! Well done as always, Nikki.

  12. December 13, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Beautiful outfit! As usual, I'm in awe of your creativity!

  13. December 14, 2014 / 4:38 am

    Wow – that's one gorgeous sweatshirt!

  14. December 22, 2014 / 12:48 am

    This is ahhhhmazing!

  15. January 4, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Do you make and sell any of your pieces? I'm heartbroken that this is DIY cause I have no idea how to sew!

  16. Rebecca
    June 21, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Do you accept clothing requests?? I absolutely love this outfit and would love to have it as a part of my wardrobe!

    • Nikki
      June 23, 2017 / 4:00 am

      Unfortunately, I don’t at this time.

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