This skirt was once a thrift store dress that was... let's just say...not quite my style. It probably enjoyed a life of clubbing at one point.
I picked it up at a thrift store because it was made from a thick stretchy knit. Even the check out girl gave me a sideways look when I brought it to the counter.
Sadly, the before pictures are nowhere to be found. So you'll just have to trust me on this one.
Anywhoo... refashioning this to a pencil skirt was quick and painless. Here's what I did:
I don't actually own a pencil skirt (ummm.. except for this one). So I used a well-fitting straight skirt as a guide. Just pretend the skirt in this photo is not dirty. OK?
First I cut off the top of the dress. I lined up the gray skirt at the bottom of the dress so that I could use the existing hem. I cut out the skirt along the sides and top. That left me with a front and back piece.
I stitched up the sides again. No edge finishing is needed for knits. And with the hem already done... double bonus!
There was just enough fabric left over to make the waistband. I wanted a high waist that I could also fold over.
I measured my waist divided that number by two. I cut two rectangles to that width. The height is twice as high as I wanted the waist to be.
I sewed the sides together and folded the waist band over with the sides seams inside. This picture shows the waist folded the wrong way. Not sure why I took a picture of that...
I pinned the waistband to the skirt. The skirt is right side out and the waist band is sewn to the outside of the skirt.
And that's it! the waistband added just enough extra length to bring the skirt to my knees, which was exactly what I was going for. So, yeah!