• Big Bow Pencil Skirt

    When I found this pretty rose fabric at a yard sale last year I knew exactly what I need to make with it: a high waisted, big bow pencil skirt. It was just kind of meant to be and I’ve been saving it since then.

    I used a pencil skirt tutorial from a sewing book I got for Christmas called Sew Everything Workshop. I love it because it has actual patterns + easy to read instructions with pictures. Of course I had to add the high waist band + the big bow.
    New things I learned this time: an invisible zipper, invisible hemming + darts!I love the freedom of creating any skirt you want in any fabric. Sewing is kind of my new obsession. I have a bunch more projects in the works to show you, so stayed tuned!

    I need you opinion though: how do we feel about the length? Does it need to be hemmed up to my knees? I’m still unsure

  • 86 comments

    1. Kalani said… November 6, 2011 7:48 am

      love this! Where is the peter pan color shirt from?? I saw it on pinterest and was like, I NEED THIS OUTFIT!!

    2. Shelly @A Creative Space said… September 7, 2011 3:16 pm

      Your skirt is gorgeous, and so is the photo! I am pretty sure I "pinned" it on Pinterest… Kuddos for learning the darts and hidden zipper. I have yet to learn the "regular" zipper. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a great blog -I'm going back to look around some more…

    3. murielle87 said… May 16, 2011 2:57 am

      I love your Skirt ….

    4. Nicolette Dirks said… May 11, 2011 12:48 pm

      Chair + Skirt = Perfection!

    5. Miss B. said… April 16, 2011 11:57 am

      I loves this photo + skirt1

    6. La Maison Reid said… March 21, 2011 9:40 am

      what a beautiful color that is! And the fabric looks substantial, too. Love it. Love it. Love it. Leave it long…it's so much more elegant. Any shorter would cheapen it. Glad you're enjoying your sewing. I put my machine away for many, many years and am just now creating away again….AND…my husband just bought me a new machine I'm addicted to.Keep creating away!xoxNancy

    7. katielizabethawkes said… March 5, 2011 9:52 am

      ohhh. DROOL. …..DROOL.

    8. Elรฉgance Confidentielle said… January 23, 2011 5:49 pm

      The length is just perfect!!! This is such a lovely skirt!

    9. Rocio Chavez said… November 17, 2010 1:07 pm

      wow!!! im in shock this so gorgeous!!! i want one of these!!! ill buy one from you, and the lenght is perfect, i hate all these short skirts, long lenght is very classy!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    10. Cassandra Marie said… October 6, 2010 7:51 am

      This skirt is perfect! I just discovered your blog via A Cup of Jo and thought I'd stop by and say hello :)xoCassie

    11. Lisa said… July 13, 2010 3:59 pm

      Really cute skirt, and I think its current length makes it look sophisticated. Great job with the sewing! Next question: where'd you get that cute blouse?

    12. Therese said… July 12, 2010 8:16 pm

      Love the length! Too cute! What an inspiration.

    13. Callie Grayson said… July 2, 2010 3:51 pm

      love this skirt!I so need to learn to sew!!! i think you just pushed me into it!xxcallie

    14. AmberLee said… June 25, 2010 7:35 am

      I have been meaning to stop by for some time and tell you that, well, you are amazing.

    15. Kelly said… June 24, 2010 2:34 pm

      This is almost too much. So beautiful, and such gorgeous modeling shots. Love this length — it hits so flatteringly when you sit down.

    16. Elise said… June 24, 2010 11:19 am

      Where can I buy this skirt? It's GORGEOUS!

    17. The Design Boards said… June 23, 2010 4:08 pm

      I love it! What a great fabric too. I love that sewing book, I've had it for a few years and always take it out and marvel at the projects and then never do any of them…this one is great, I might have to pull that book out again…

    18. mardi said… June 21, 2010 10:02 am

      awesome. did you know my mom made all of her own (super cute) clothes until she was 30? you will have to chat about it next time you see her. sad that i have no idea when that will be! : (

    19. Jhothem said… June 20, 2010 2:14 pm

      The skirt looks fantastic! I would hem it up and maybe let out the front darts just a bit, or shorten them so there is no puckering. They you will have a really custom fit!

    20. wallspank said… June 19, 2010 6:18 pm

      what a stunning skirt, love the colour, love the bow! The current length makes it look very 1940's, gorgeous!

    21. acte gratuit said… June 19, 2010 12:51 am

      Beautiful as is!Wanna send one to Japan?

    22. Mandy said… June 18, 2010 8:01 am

      I love this skirt! And I would keep the length as is.

    23. Sarah said… June 18, 2010 7:34 am

      question: did you use a pattern and if so which one? p.s. keep the length. ๐Ÿ™‚

    24. Bryan and Sarah said… June 17, 2010 7:52 pm

      You're kind of amazing, liz! I took sewing in college and all of my stuff took hours and looked like crap – definitely not wearable. Excellent work!

    25. Paisley Petunia said… June 17, 2010 3:06 pm

      Wowzers! Congrats to you. Its lovely. I'd say leave it this length for awhile, it really suits you, then perhaps hem it shorter next season/year, etc

    26. ElisabethSpace said… June 17, 2010 11:28 am

      I don't know that I would have ever guessed that I could love a skirt that was PINK with a BOW, but…::swoon::I think the length is just fine, given the body hugging nature. Flirty and sexy, but always appropriate.Name of link

    27. Vanessa Hutchinson said… June 17, 2010 8:25 am

      It's perfect! Will you post a pattern?

    28. mina said… June 17, 2010 7:37 am

      the length is perfect & this is amazing. i wish i had your sewing abilities.

    29. chelsea said… June 17, 2010 12:36 am

      wowza! you are a genius, girl!

    30. elsabags said… June 17, 2010 12:10 am

      2 thumbs up! leave the length- it's more old fashion (in a super good way)

    31. Mike and Dejah Morris said… June 16, 2010 11:09 pm

      This is gorgeous! I wouldn't change a thing!

    32. Fatale Femme said… June 16, 2010 9:34 pm

      Don't change it! That length is so cute and retro! I'm in love with the pink and the bow, just adorable.

    33. Jana @ Weekend Vintage said… June 16, 2010 8:59 pm

      Lovely design for your skirt.Jana

    34. Jessica Goldklang said… June 16, 2010 7:05 pm

      I really really really love this skirt! I'm all about the bows! xoxo

    35. catherine said… June 16, 2010 6:40 pm

      this is the perfect skirt, i love it!

    36. Emily said… June 16, 2010 3:41 pm

      Wow. My thought when I saw the first photo was – "I am going to buy that skirt."Rats- I barely graduated from Home Ec. Keep the length! Looks amazing!

    37. michelle said… June 16, 2010 2:54 pm

      Oh my Liz. You're killing me with your sewing skills. I need to see it in person or a full body shot for the length. Or just ask your husband. Or Mark Elliot.

    38. Shari said… June 16, 2010 1:39 pm

      so pretty, i wish i could buy one. I'd do it in a heartbeat.

    39. the binghams. said… June 16, 2010 1:06 pm

      SO beautiful! you've totally inspired me- it's so fun to see your sewing skills progress instead of going to blogs where it seems like the girl has been sewing since the womb. you give us all hope and you make super cute stuff.

    40. Gabrielle of Design Mom said… June 16, 2010 11:56 am

      Go Liz! Fabulous skirt.

    41. Jess said… June 16, 2010 9:53 am

      it's adorable but i would shorten it just a tad. lovely work!

    42. Charlotte said… June 16, 2010 9:53 am

      this is incredible, seriously super cute

    43. Jayne said… June 16, 2010 8:57 am

      Liz, I love it! I am in SF, too, and have been wanting to start sewing dresses and skirts. Let me know if you ever need a test model for your designs. ๐Ÿ™‚

    44. Melissa said… June 16, 2010 8:02 am

      Gorgeous skirt!! The length does a lot for the skirt, I wouldn't change it a bit.You look so chic. Great job!

    45. Kate @ {wit + delight} said… June 16, 2010 7:39 am

      i LOVE this look! so sweet.

    46. heylee brooke said… June 16, 2010 7:32 am

      so pretty! reminds me of a "mad men" outfit..and that's definitely a good thing. i love!

    47. Anonymous said… June 16, 2010 6:22 am

      I'm in love … this looks amazing!margie

    48. Gina said… June 16, 2010 6:09 am

      I love it! I can't sew to save my life, but if I saw it at the store I would buy it in a heartbeat!

    49. everyday katie said… June 16, 2010 4:27 am

      I think pencil skirts are best at the length you made it. Great job.

    50. Tara said… June 15, 2010 11:54 pm

      I would try sitting down in the skirt and seeing where the hem ends up. I typically like the hem to reach the top of my knees otherwise it feels like I'm baring more thigh that I want to.

    51. '47 Ranch Dressing said… June 15, 2010 9:16 pm

      Liz. Keep the length. The skirt is abs gorge and timeless!

    52. Heather J said… June 15, 2010 8:21 pm

      love it Liz.

    53. robin k said… June 15, 2010 7:48 pm

      Love the length.

    54. Michele said… June 15, 2010 7:41 pm

      The second I opened up the blog page I thought, oh I hope that is for sale because I am getting it!I'm such so frustratingly new/impatient with sewing. sigh. so far away from pencil skirt perfection.

    55. Courtney Price ~ Vintage Ginger Peaches said… June 15, 2010 6:11 pm

      The length fits the fabric to a T, don't change a thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    56. Paige said… June 15, 2010 5:46 pm

      so cute, well done! i like the length, great to go with heels.

    57. Jenn H said… June 15, 2010 5:38 pm

      I LOVE this! Great Job Liz!

    58. You Are My Fave said… June 15, 2010 5:04 pm

      Sometimes I don't think you can get any cooler and than you go and do something like this. Love.

    59. Sara said… June 15, 2010 4:09 pm

      That skirt is AMAZING! Wow, I wish I could sew that well. So lovely.

    60. Brooke said… June 15, 2010 3:46 pm

      it looks fabulous just the way it is!

    61. Molly W. said… June 15, 2010 3:37 pm

      your talent never ceases to amaze me! I think I would hem it up a bit.

    62. the southern hostess said… June 15, 2010 3:13 pm

      You are amazing! I want one.

    63. Louise said… June 15, 2010 2:35 pm

      This is fast becoming one of my favourite blogs! I love the skirt, it looks fantastic. I think it would look good both ways, but I think it looks very glamourous (UK spelling) the length you have it now.

    64. Deborah said… June 15, 2010 2:28 pm

      is it wool? i love the fabric!

    65. heidi said… June 15, 2010 2:19 pm

      super impressed, this is an adorable skirt. very chic.

    66. Breanne Smoley said… June 15, 2010 1:34 pm

      This is a lovely skirt! I think it would be perfect at knee length, but it sounds as though others like it the way it is!

    67. liz stanley said… June 15, 2010 1:33 pm

      wow, thanks everyone! you're all too kind. maybe i will keep it this length and try to ignore the voice telling me that it's making my calves look huge

    68. Emily said… June 15, 2010 1:22 pm

      Gorgeous! Love the length unless shortening it would make it easier to walk in. ๐Ÿ™‚

    69. Stephanie Sabbe said… June 15, 2010 1:09 pm

      love it! good job

    70. mskaz said… June 15, 2010 12:57 pm

      Completely perfect! Leave as is.

    71. Madeline P said… June 15, 2010 12:42 pm

      Holy Crap! I am so in love with this, there aren't words. The color the bow, the shape!You never stop surprising me with your DIY skills.uberchicforcheap.blogspot.com

    72. Andrea said… June 15, 2010 12:40 pm

      wow. when i first saw the pics before reading the text i thought "geez! I gotta get to anthropologie, they are getting some gorgeous new stuff!". you've got some talent. i'm way jeal.

    73. Carrie said… June 15, 2010 12:39 pm

      Ummmmm that's amazing. If I totally copy you is it ok if I source you? That's a serious question.And I think the length would be great both ways, just for the record. It's certainly gotta be more comfortable to sit in church this length (especially with kids). ๐Ÿ™‚

    74. molly said… June 15, 2010 12:39 pm

      yeowzers!want to make me one?you've got mad skills.I think I need to learn how to sew.how long have you been sewing?

    75. Emily said… June 15, 2010 12:27 pm

      Definitely keep it the way it is! I think Azucar gave the perfect explanation of why. I just love the skirt, nice work!

    76. Kelly said… June 15, 2010 12:26 pm

      That is absolutely darling! Well done!

    77. c said… June 15, 2010 12:24 pm

      whaaaaaa? you made that? that skirt is ridonculous. in a good way. love it just the way it is.

    78. heidi adnum said… June 15, 2010 12:03 pm

      Loving this, Liz. Such a beautiful colour and I can't get enough bows! The length looks great, esp. when you're sitting down.

    79. Jackie said… June 15, 2010 12:03 pm

      I love mid calf length!

    80. tkangaroo said… June 15, 2010 11:59 am

      This would be a perfect skirt for the character of Emma Pillsbury on Glee! I can see it now. . .

    81. kim said… June 15, 2010 11:52 am

      um, your sewing skills have sky rocketed! so pretty!

    82. camie said… June 15, 2010 11:52 am

      oh my word lady, this looks amazing on you! good work! and from the pics, the length is perfect.

    83. Elaine said… June 15, 2010 11:46 am

      I absolutely love it. Make me one?Keep it as is.clothed much, a modest fashion blog

    84. Elaine said… June 15, 2010 11:45 am

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    85. Elizabeth said… June 15, 2010 11:42 am

      are you freaking kidding me. awesome

    86. Azรบcar said… June 15, 2010 11:42 am

      I think the current length is super chic–saves the skirt from being precious.

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