DIY Pencil Skirt & How To Style It For The Best Looks

This side slit pencil skirt is one of the very first skirts I made since I started sewing and it is one of the DIY clothing projects I actually wear all the time. To me, it is very important that the skirt looks chic and stylish on a daily basis. The midi-length pencil silhouette skirt with a side slit seems like the best option based on its timeless and versatile character.πŸ’œ

DIY pencil skirt & crop top
My Side Slit pencil skirt &crop top set

How I Made The Pencil Skirt

Making process in the video:

Materials I used for creating the skirt:

How To Style A Pencil Skirt

crop top with pencil skirt
With Crop Top & Pencil Skirt

Pair it with a crop top and strappy heels for a simple, chic, and sassy look πŸ˜‰

Crop top styles: High neck crop top

V neck crop top

Knit crop top

Heels Styles: High point heels

Strappy Heels

turtleneck top and pencil skirt
With Turtleneck & Ankle Boots

Pair it with a turtleneck top and ankle boots for a classy and sophisticated Look πŸ˜‰

Turtleneck Styles: Long sleeve turtleneck

Elbow sleeve turtleneck

Ankle Boots Styles: Patent leather ankle boots

Slender heel ankle boots

leather jacket and combat boots
With Leather Jacket & Combat Boots

Pair it with a Graphic Tee, a leather jacket, and combat boots for a funky and sassy look 😎

T shirt Styles: Retro graphic Tee

Leather Jacket Styles: Moto leather jacket

Combat Boots Styles: Zipper front combat boots

Laced up combat boots

button-down blouse and python boots
With button-down blouse & Python Boots

Pair it with a button-down blouse, python boots, and a mini handbag for an office yet quirky look πŸ€“

Button-down Blouse Styles: Semi sheer blouse

Python Boots Styles: multi color python boots

Handbag Styles: Mini top handle bag

cropped sweater and knee high boots
With Cropped Sweater & Knee-high Boots

Pair it with a cropped sweater, knee-high boots, and a mini box purse for a casual and fun look 😊

Cropped Sweater Styles: Crew neck cropped sweater

Turtleneck cropped sweater

Knee-high Boots Styles: Suede knee-high boots

Leather knee-high boots

Mini box purse Styles: Square mini box

Check Out My Other DIY Fashion Projects:

Gathered Front Knit Dress πŸ‘—

Wonder Journey In Dumbo, New York……Bring Magic Into Reality

wonder girl baby doll dress
“Lost In The Wonderland–Night Play”

The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

The joy of wondering

Summer is short this year in New York, it is probably short in other places in the world as well. The virus “Covid” is like a hidden lock, closing the usual activities and entertainment. Without beaches, vacations, and parties, summer seems never really begins, the fall is already here. But it’s ok, I am not all that disappointed, I started my journey of wonder, I simply find there is no time for feeling down.

One thing I do a lot during the pandemic is free my imagination to wonder. It might sound a bit easy and lazy, but when you put your ideas into action, you will push yourself to learn and create. The process of wondering and creating generates magical and positive energy.

(*Note: All outdoor photos taken with no one else around . Safe social distancing, safe photoshoot.)

girl and bird surreal art
“Lost In Wonderland–Dawn Play” The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

β€œImagination is the only weapon in the war with reality.”

Alice started her adventure with curiosity, wondered through the rabbit hole, she explored the most bizarre and exciting world. I often wake up with odd and funny dreams, which add lots of colors in my night world. While the day-time is filled with routine, I would think about how to turn magic into reality, it turns out there are many ways. One way is to be open to your wondering imagination, get inspiration, then take action. Before the pandemic, I knew nothing about pattern making (Patternmaking for Fashion Design)or sewing, now I can not stop creating my own clothing designs and transferring them into digital art. It is a learning process, I explore, I make mistakes and I enjoy it very much.

The baby doll dress for the curious kids

alice in wonderland inspired dress
“Lost In The Wonderland–Day play”
The Max Family Garden, Dumbo, New York. 2020

Fashion& Digital Design: Terrisa Chen
Photography: Joel Halbert

This cotton baby doll dress is a wonderful piece for me. I found the cotton fabric online and they are actually meant for kids’ wear. However, I immediately had the look of the baby doll dress in my mind when I sew the fabrics, it is a perfect type of dress for the forever kid in my heart.

Materials For creating this baby doll dress

  • The baby doll dress pattern
  • Light cotton Fabrics. eg: cotton lawn, cotton poplin
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needles and threads
  • Pins
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Steam Iron

Sketch, Cut and Sew

DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern
DIY baby doll dress sewing pattern

The Wonderland

This stop of the wonder journey is The Max Family Garden, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY.  This open-air garden shares a wall with St. Ann’s Warehouse, a performing-arts venue.  The original brick walls and the scenic archways represent an industrial and rustic aesthetic, they also provide access for community members and visitors to come together for exploration and inspiration. I have visited Dumbo many times before, this garden corner always fascinated me. The Max Family garden, any garden in-fact is a wonderland if you want it to be.