+ Pencil Refashion and Embellishing

It is time for some refashioning! I bought this skirt at DI for $4. My dress form was drowning in thick navy blue fabric. But you’ve got to LOVE the buttons and the lace up back. It is also vintage ralph lauren (well, maybe it was from the 90’s, I have no idea, it is just in need of a makeover). So, I decided to make this a pencil skirt tutorial, which will also double as a pencil skirt embellishment tutorial.
First, put the skirt on inside out and pin it tight from the waist to the end of your rump and from there pin more out to make a pencil shape.. Then SEW along the pin line. Also, pin your hemming length, which is about an inch below the desired length
Cut the hem length and the excess fabric after it has been taken in. Optional: you can use a serger on the ends or a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
Iron down the trimmed fabric in different directions, then iron the salvage bottom in, then iron the bottom in one more time to conceal the nasty end. Pin and sew! I sewed two rows because I liked how it looked.
Optional: top stitch the thicker part of the waist band to make it more flat and secure.
First draw two half circles, the smaller one being the exact length (following the dotted line, the exact line of the circle) of how big you want the ruffle to be from left to right. Then mark how long you want the ruffle (like mine was 3 inches from the smaller circle) to be measuring of from the smaller circle. Cut and hem!
Straighten the smaller circles, lay them on top of each other and this is what it will look like.
Pin to the center back of the dress and sew, sewing one after another.
1 ruffle
2 ruffle
3 ruffle
cut a strip of fabric, sew together and turn inside out. Pin right sides together aligning the top of the strip with the top of the ruffle. Sew, the turn strip up and sew the strip to the skirt.
Finished look!


  1. so cute! i am a fan of making anything high waist. :)

  2. ha the before pictures of it are so yucky! I can’t believe you made such a cute stylish pencil skirt out of it. YOU’RE AMAZING LIZ! You need to open up a boutique or something

  3. I don’t even know how you do it. you made an ugly skirt into a masterpiece! the final project is so darn cute! nice work!

  4. This is sooo cute, the ruffles are the perfect touch too!! You have such an eye for items that have potential.

  5. So cute! Thanks for sharing after you saw my pencil skirt post =)

  6. I had no idea you had such skills!!! AWESOME! I have added you to my blog as well, hope you dont mind but I gotta show this off!
    Aunt Donna!

  7. VERY cute Liz!

  8. WOOOOOOOOW Liz! AMAZING! Freakin PIMP! And to think I was there when you found that skirt.. I feel special. You were right about seeing its potential!

  9. inspiring!
    Love the embellishments!

  10. OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS AWESOME!! I love it. Gorgeous! And you are SO SKINNY!
    Cardigans and Cookie Dough

  11. I’ve been going through my closet today, where I’ve found that I kind of hate most of the things in there. I believe I will be vising your blog insanely often over the next few weeks, and that some local thrift stores are going to be getting a few garbage bags anyway…

    Seriously, you’re awesome, and I’m so impressed.

  12. Adorable! Love the embellishment!

  13. Just found your blog on Pinterest. Your stuff is amazing! I cannot believe this skirt, so impressive!

  14. love this so much. and those shoes–love them x 10000000. (that’s 10 million, i guess.)

  15. I love this skirt-so cute. And you are SO tiny, you lucky girl.

  16. great job!!!

  17. amazing

  18. Very cute. The original skirt is a take off on the pants of a US Navy enlisted man’s dress uniform (the “Cracker Jack” suit.) Traditionally there are 13 buttons for each of the original 13 colonies. Laces up the back give those sailors that lovely tight fit look.

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