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DIY High Waisted Midi Pencil Skirt

When it comes to pencil skirts, I will never have too many.  Not only are pencil skirts the easiest piece of clothing to wear, but also one of the easiest pieces to make and fit.  This skirt was made with a ponte knit I picked up at Joann’s using the same method used to make this with the following changes.Cut a waistband 1.5″ wide.

The top was made with old faithful Vogue V8840 with the following alterations:

Added 8″ to the bottom sleeve
Added sleeve cuffs made by cutting two pieces of fabric 3 1/2″x9″ sew the two pieces of fabric together leaving the 3 1/2″ sides open.  Fold the cuff in half and sew the open end to the end of the sleeve.
Removed the breast darts  and added darts to the shoulder
Removed  3″ from the hem of the pattern
Added a 1.5″ non rolling elastic to the hem








Jacket-Burberry love this version
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat similar version here and here
Clutch- Fendi


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  1. October 28, 2013 / 11:45 am

    Beautiful skirt! Its a great piece I'm always checking your etsy store for those. Just a beautifully designed!

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you Sheila

  2. October 28, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    Very inspiring!

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:33 pm

      Thank you Shelly

  3. October 28, 2013 / 2:52 pm

    I love this color! Tailored knit pieces are some of my favorite things. Relaxed and comfortable, yet they look so polished. Fabulous!

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:32 pm

      Thank you Erica

  4. Anonymous
    October 28, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I really enjoy seeing what you have made day to day! you make it look so easy! I want to sew so badly and you have inspired me to pull my sewing machine out and try!

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:32 pm

      Thank you, I'm truly happy to hear when people find inspiration in what I do.

  5. Ziggy
    October 28, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    I love everything you make. I follow a lot of sewing blogs and your pieces are the best, others can't even compare.

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you Ziggy

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you Donne

  6. October 30, 2013 / 1:12 am

    Great color and design!!

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you Roz

    • October 30, 2013 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you

  7. October 30, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Thank you Cherie

  8. Anonymous
    November 1, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    I love your page!

  9. November 3, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    Love this look! Looks very polished.

  10. November 12, 2013 / 4:32 am

    Love the bracelet. Where can it be bought?

  11. December 26, 2013 / 9:15 am

    You have got to start producing more of these pieces and selling them! I absolutely, positively LOVE everything you create, especially the pencil skirts! Please inform me of how I can purchase your creations, PLEASE!

  12. March 14, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Awesome skirt. Great jacket, too.

  13. May 25, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Love this outfit. I'm a beginner at sewing. Recently I purchased a brother XR9 and I'm so excited to get started on my sewing journey. However the stitching on the top looks very tricky. I work on Wall Street and yes I on a budget . I'm going to start making everything .

  14. Celyse
    May 30, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Hello Nikki! I have browsed through your blog, and I am in awe! I cannot believe you have only been sewing since 2012!! I am a mom of 2 girls (7 and 1) and I love to sew, however I keep making excuses for not putting my all into my dream of being a fashion designer. I would love to sew 5/6 days a week, because I love all things fashion! I Love what you do, you are so very very talented, and such an inspiration. I cant even tell you how I found you blog, but I am glad that I did!! Absolutely everything that you have constructed is impeccably tailored clothing suitable to be sold in high-end department stores. I am going to stop holding myself back and begin sewing for myself and my daughters, as well as teach them how to sew. I think this is such an amazing talent to have. I would love to connect sometime, and pick your brain since you have become my new favorite person, you are living my exact dream!! Thanks for doing what you do! By just being yourself, and without evening knowing it, you have inspired so many women, evidence of all the sweet comments from everyone who sees your work! I know I can be a bit chatty! So all i can say now is THANK YOU! YOU GO GIRL!! and congrats on your pregnancy!

  15. carol
    November 9, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    good afternoon would like to know q type of fabric is so cute dress elaborafo this … thanks

    • Nikki
      November 10, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      Any type of 4-way stretch will work. Ponte knit works better, it provides stretch as well as structure.

  16. September 3, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    This outfit is EVERYTHING!! Thanks for sharing.

    • admin
      December 29, 2018 / 4:47 am

      Thank you so much