Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

Simple and essential pencil skirt!

I just made a very versatile and simple pencil skirt to go with my brown clothes--you don't often see such basics at the fun and cheap stores I shop at, especially in 100% wool.  I had a yard or so of super nice, soft, mid-weight wool that was perfect for a basic skirt, in a beautiful brown color!  I lined it with teal lining, since it won't show and it makes it a little more fun.

I used the pencil skirt part of this funny Butterick B5147 pattern:
Here's how it turned out!
Hardly shows up in the picture, huh?  Trust me, it's soft, comfy and practical!


  1. It turned out great! Looks good on you too.

  2. That's so cute! My sister's been looking for a nice pencil skirt, too. I might have to make this part of her Christmas present!

  3. I've been following your blog for a while now and I love your work! I love recycling or refashioning!! I just made a pencil skirt yesterday from a baggy old Ralph Lauren dress. You should check it out!! I know how annoying it is when people leave links, so sorry about that, but it is soooo exciting that we both did pencil skirts, so I had to leave a comment.


  4. That looks great. I love a nice pencil skirt. This could have come out the J.Crew catalogue.

  5. Yes, It's a nice staple to have in your wardrobe. I just whipped up three myself to beef up my fall/winter wardrobe.

  6. This is certainly a well-crafted staple for the wardrobe! Love your site!!

  7. Really nice- I love pencil skirts!

  8. Even though it is not showing much on the picture, but it looks like a really nice skirt. :)

    Adin B

  9. It looks great!! I have been wanting to make my own skirts. I'm 38 weeks pregnant right now, so I'll have to wait until the Spring. I'm enjoying your blog...thanks for sharing your stuff!

  10. Here's a great pencil skirt pattern...very flattering on most figures!

  11. Anonymous12/09/2010

    Girl you need a better camera to do justice!

  12. I love pencil skirts. Nice work.



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