Black, White, and Green All Over

cardigan: target, tunic: h&m (seen here), green pencil skirt: made by me, tights: f21, patent leather wedges: forever young shoes

Remember when I went to LA’s fabric district with my mom and scored all those awesome fabrics? Well I’ve been working my way through the stack for the last few months, and finally arrived at my beloved grass green twill.  When I bought the fabric, I had a specific skirt in mind that I wanted to make — one that I’d pinned (and could never find the original source for). I scoured pencil skirt patterns online and at the fabric store, but couldn’t find anything even close to what I wanted.

Finally I settled on Butterick’s B5566 and went with version C. I reversed the front skirt piece so the point was inverted, and then added an extra inch or so to the sides for the pleats. Then I used the larger of the cross-in-front pieces, folded it in half and adjusted it enough to make the pointed waistband.

I LOVE how it turned out. It was the perfect pencil skirt I was hoping for. Although the sizing on the pattern was off (according to the sizing charts I was supposed to make a size 12, but I ended up having to take it in about 3 inches), it fit like a glove once all was said and done. The fabric does get pretty wrinkly (I’d been sitting down all morning at church so those lines on the waistband are wrinkles, not fabric pulling), but the color is gorgeous and fun, and this will definitely be my go-to pencil skirt.

I have a baby houndstooth fabric that I’m dying to make into a pencil skirt just like this one, so if you’re lucky I’ll make a little tutorial for the pattern adjustments. And if I’m lucky, I’ll put pockets in it this time around.

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Black + White | Everybody, Everywear 

I’m linking up with EBEW: Black and White today. We’ll see if anyone else does a primarily non-black-and-white outfit like me. Oops.



  1. I love this! Obviously especially the green skirt! Its so cute.
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  2. Oh Merrick, you little seamstress you! Loving the green skirt. I may have to commission you to make me a new skirt after I drop a few more lbs. πŸ™‚

  3. Erica says:

    Oh my goodness, that skirt is amazing! You and Kayla just kill me with your sewing skills! I especially love the darting/pleating/whatever below the waistband. What a darling detail.

    North Meets South

  4. Mae says:

    LOVE this color combination! I've been trying to wear more green lately and it's perfectly paired with black and white! Visiting from EBEW…you're such a doll! Following now

  5. Jodi Ann says:

    that looks adorable! You've got mad skills! πŸ™‚

  6. You made that skirt yoiurself? It is amazing! I love its shape and colour πŸ™‚ And it's perfect for Spring too πŸ™‚ x

  7. The Liddells says:

    Love the skirt and color combo! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas, and just bought a bunch of fabric, so onto making skirts it is! I'm so excited! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Thessa says:

    That skirt is amazing! I <3 green too and fit is just perfect.

  9. Love the color combo and love that you made that skirt! It is gorgeous.

  10. kaila sue says:

    Oh, I LOVE this skirt! I cannot believe your sewing skills! Honestly!

  11. Great addition of the green- that seems to be the color for the spring! You look great!

  12. Sam says:

    I clicked through because of those lovely stripes and was thoroughly impressed with what I saw! That skirt is so beautiful! Like, seriously!!! I love this outfit lol. So cute.

    My Growing Obsessions

  13. You are such a hawt mama! LOVE itttt

  14. Love that skirt's color and cut! Tres pretty.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  15. The skirt is really amazing! Lovely outfit.

  16. Cerise says:

    Oh my goodness! Your skirt turned out beautifully! Would love a tutorial!

  17. BiblioMOMia says:

    Holy cow! That skirt is adorable! And you've set it off so nicely with the black and white. Looks great, chickadee! Found you through EBEW, so come on by if you have a minute–I love meeting new folks!

  18. Terri says:

    You look fantastic! I discovered your blog through Everybody Everywear, and I love it! Feel free to check out my blog, too, if you'd like. I'm a new follower!

  19. So talented! Love the color combo. Beautiful family! Visiting from EBEW.

  20. Rachel says:

    I love that skirt.. the color is amazing!! Good job πŸ˜€ impressive!!

  21. Jess says:

    So, I just found your blog through the EBEW posts today and laughed when I realized your title and mine were almost identical (I went for pink instead of green ha). Thought I'd stop by and check out your great outfit. Amazing skirt. Impressively made!


  22. the skirt is so katespade! and i can't believe you only started taking pictures outdoor recently! you're all pro now! πŸ™‚


  23. Jill McFee says:

    So cute! Love your green skirt. You have a new follower!

    peace&love, Jill
    Favor the Brave

  24. Cassi says:

    OK, the pleats on that handmade skirt are ridiculously perfect, and I love your watch!

  25. Holy Moly- so cute!! From what we see, the green is really vibrant! Annd a possible tutorial? Score! Air high-five, friend, air high five!

  26. Hayley says:

    Gosh! I just love that skirt, I can;t believe you made it! Came over from EBEW to say I loved your look!

    The Weekend File

  27. Cathy says:

    Love that green skirt! πŸ™‚ Following!

  28. Elisabeth says:

    Can't believe you made your skirt…it's adorable!

  29. .Chrissy says:

    This is my favorite! Perfect color, perfect style! Love it!

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