DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall’s M7542 Review

DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review   DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review

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ON ME || Pleated Sleeve Blouse, McCall Pattern m7542 bought at (Joann Fabric Store);
Blouse fabric: Thrifted at the Goodwill which is awesome but I have no links to share with you all 
(hint, hint fabric stores – help a sista out); Skirt: Tutorial in thie post (YAY!!);
Fabric: Michael Levine’s Loft store (found in L.A. from their bargain bins);
Purse: Nicole Lee USA – sold out but you can choose another goodie from their “New Arrivals”;
Platform Heels: Sam Edelman (sold out, but currently find similar ones from the designer, here);
Lipstick:  Samon + Kiss for a Cause. Message me for more details, over HERE.
I have never worn lipstick on a regular basis until now and this product has changed my makeup game!

Hello Lovelies! This week I’m showing you how to quickly whip up an easy knit skirt and I’m also showing you my love for McCalls once more with this m7542 blouse. Swoon! I made one of the versions once over here with my gold tassel choker tutorial and it’s such a fun top to wear around. If you do not own a blouse with a fun sleeve, I highly recommend it! If you know how to sew, I COMPLETELY recommend this amazing blouse! Put on your sewing “to make” list before summer ends! I really love the high low feature of this top, the sleeve DANCES.  Tres chic!

The skirt, this life changing super easy skirt, is  a snap to make. Did I also mention it was easy? If you read my Summer Lounge Dress Tutorial then you’ll know that sewing can be relatively forgiving sometimes and not always so over complicated. With that said, let’s get this DIY show on the road!

DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review


  • measuring tape;
  • rulers (18″ clear, grided straight and curved),
  • Pencil, paper scissors, and paper (I LOVE to use old grided wrapping paper),
  • Fabric and sewing supplies


  1.  You need to get your measurements. If you can get someone to do it for you in front of a mirror, do it. Ask your mom or friend. Shoot, go ask your boyfriend or hubby – just remind them they get to touch your booty – ha! It’s the only way I can talk my hubby into helping me sew – half kidding. More seriously, you want to get the following mesasurements:

    • Waistline – this can be your natural waist (smallest part) or where you want your skirt to lay on your waist (don’t stress over the number – your body is perfect),
    • Hipline (you have amazing hips, girl, OWN IT),
    • And then measure the distance between your waistline and hipline. If it helps to tie a piece of yarn or string around those two spots – DO IT. It might even help boyfriend figure our where to measure for all those spots.
    • Measure the length of the desired skirt to end.
  2.  Then you want to half all of these measurements and throw all of this info on paper…
  3. This is where the rulers comes in handy. You need the straight ruler to put all the pieces on the paper and draw out your hem line and waistline AND you need the curved ruler to smooth out the hip area and blend the lines.
  4. I recommend the corners of the waistline (where the waist and side seam meet) run perpendicular to each other. This means that your waistline will most likely rise above the waistline measurement, it may go over 1/4″ of an inch but don’t go past a 1/2″. It’s totally okay!
  5. And should look a little like this picture:
    DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review
  6. As far as seam allowances go, I would ditch it. It’s a knit skirt and so it’s gotta be smaller than your actual size. IT MAY be a little too big depending the fabric, so always remember to try on your garments. Fit is important.
  7. Be the designer. The hem can be as wide or narrow and long and short as you wish – YOU ARE THE DESIGNER. You could attach a waistband to it, but I personally like to throw on a piece of elastic. I saw it once in a target skirt and have been obsessed ever since! It makes it’s easy and I bought rolls of elastic from Michael Levine’s before I left LA so that’s what I usually use fore elastic. If you visit the store in person, they have some amazing decorative elastics, like LEOPARD!!

Anyways, this little thing is pretty easy and waaaaaaay cheaper then what you will find in stores already made. Generally you only need a yard of fabric to make it work! I use the the excess for my daughters! Score! Now go my lovely designers and make your pencil skirt and tag me on Instagram! I wanna see the goods, ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a glamorous day!

Ciao babes!
Riva xoxo

Can I add a quick 8th step? CUT YOUR LOOSE THREADS.
I went the whole day with these babies sticking out, smh.

DIY Knit Pencil Skirt and McCall's M7542 Review

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