Thursday, April 4, 2013

DIY Spring Pencil Skirt

Springtime = bright colors! I love it!

Materials Needed

1 yard knit fabric
matching thread
fabric paint
elastic {for the waistband}

Go To It

First, fold your fabric so that it's doubled up. Then, grab a pencil skirt you like the shape of and lay it out on your fabric. Trace around your skirt, leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch for seam allowance.

Take the width of your elastic {mine was 2"} and times it by two {4" for me}. Make the top of your outline a rectangle:  the length of your waist measurement  x your elastic times 2 {length x width}.

Your outline will look something like this:
See how the top of the outline is squared? That's so that when you fold the elastic down you'll get a nice, clean fold.

Next, cut out your two pieces. Sew them together using the seam allowance you provided.

Cut the elastic to fit your waist / the top of your skirt. Sew together to two ends of your elastic to form a circle. With the skirt inside-out, sew the elastic to the top of your skirt using a zig-zag stitch.

{like my pictures?}

Next, turn the skirt right-side out. Fold the elastic down inside the skirt twice so that it's covered, and use a stretch stitch to sew it down.

Hem the bottom also using a stretch stitch {so the hem will allow stretching as you walk}, and you're done with the sewing part!

For the painted flowers {or painted whatever-you-want}, lay the skirt out flat and place a piece of cardboard underneath the front layer. 

Using a fabric pen or fabric chalk {something that will wash out}, draw your design. Then, use a small paintbrush to slowly and carefully paint over your drawing. You could also make a freezer-paper stencil.


Pair your cute spring pencil skirt with something bright and fun, like blue stripes and a DIY scarf {i ended up sewing the ends of mine together to make an infinity scarf}.

Enjoy the stretchy, comfy fabric, the cuteness, and hopefully the warm weather!

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