Over the summer I attended a Fabric Weekend in LA with a bunch of apparel seamstresses. I wrote a tiny bit about it here. For two days we shopped the LA fabric district and at Mood, ate really good food (like bacon wrapped hotdogs from a street cart), and had a total blast hanging out with like-minded women (baby Buck was the only man there… ;)) 
In fact, while I’m mentioning it, let me share a couple of photos from the weekend, since I never did (and I took a bazillion). 
Anyway, while we were shopping at Mood, a few of us came across some amazing abstract floral knit, and we decided to give ourselves a bit of a challenge — everyone gets one yard, and we all make something fabulous. So today is our day to share our projects with you! 
me, leanne, melissa, miriam, jen, and andrea (bethany got a cut of it too but she wasn’t here for the photo)
I went back and forth with my fabric, and finally decided on a midi pencil skirt. It took a little trial and error, and a bunch of alterations at the end to get the perfect fit, but I’m thrilled with how it came out. I styled it with my favorite chambray and a knitted infinity scarf to make it feel a little more fall-ish.


chambray: target
skirt: made by me, similarsimilar
wedges: old navy
scarf: c/o gussy sews 
bag: c/o lily jade
cuff: c/o inpink

Now hop on over to everyone else’s blogs and see what they did with their one yard!
(leanne just moved so she’ll be sharing her project later…but still check out her amazing blog! 


  1. Every time I check out your blog, I am saddened by my lack of sewing skills! : ) I keep telling myself that someday I will sit down at my machine and crank out a project that looks amazing…hopefully that day will come. Until then, I love seeing your creations! This skirt is perfect!

  2. Love how you made florals work for fall!! Love this look!
    You have amazing style! 🙂

    The Style Storm
    xo, Christina

  3. Tracy Miller says:

    I love this! I used to sew a lot and want to get back to it. I need to invest in a new sewing machine though. Do you have any suggestions on a machine under $200?


    • Hmm…I don't really have any good specific suggestions. I'd just recommend reading reviews, and going for a big brand name machine. Also, try not to buy the cheapest model since even the big brands have cheap junky ones. I have a Kenmore that's at least 15 years old and it's still going strong because it's a good brand and a good machine. Hope that helps!

  4. Madeline says:

    I really need to learn to sew ! This skirt is gorgeous, loving the print !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  5. Gah, I wish I could sew! The skirt you made is so cute!

  6. What a fabulous skirt, perfect for Fall!!!

  7. RoselyC says:

    Wow turned out great.

  8. Lauren says:

    I love what you did with this!

  9. Allan says:

    Merrick, this is so hot! You nailed the perfect length, I wish mine was just a TAD longer. And seriously, you have to be the most photogenic person in the world, your pictures are gorgeous.
    Mim (not Allan:)

  10. Andrea says:

    Once again you look fabulous! Love, love the midi pencil skirt and fabric. Please do a tutorial SOON with the midi length and the shape. Thanks!

  11. You are SUCH a cutie. Love this on you!


  12. Oh I love this idea! I wish I had more friends that sewed.

  13. Looks amazing! I love the light chambray top with the print. Classic.

  14. It was cool seeing everyone's projects. It was nice that not everyone ended up doing the same thing.

  15. Gorgeous!!!! You did a great job. I would not have guessed you had a bit of trouble with it. Looks great with the scarf and chambray top as well.

  16. Ahh I wish we had amazing fabric places like this in Australia! Love the skirt its gorgeous x

  17. Miranda says:

    yes. yes. love it all.

  18. This is SO awesome! All the women were so creative with the fabric. Loved it!

  19. So pretty merrick I love seeing everyone's different takes.

  20. Melkorka says:

    Adorable! – love the skirt and the midi tutorial on babble! you are an incredible stylist!

  21. Melkorka says:

    Adorable! – love the skirt and the midi tutorial on babble! you are an incredible stylist!

  22. A lot of you seemed to pick pencil skirts, and they all turned out so well!

  23. rongzhi says:

    Loved it!and they all turned out so well!

  24. Anon says:

    Hi Merrick, I fell in love with this outfit. I am wondering if you have a tutorial for this skirt, or a previous tutorial that is similar? I would love to make myself one as well!

  25. Andrea says:

    I keep coming back to this post over the last 6 months because this skirt is awesome. I would love for you to do a tutorial on this midi skirt!!

  26. Andrea says:

    I keep coming back to this post because I adore this skirt. I would love a tutorial on this midi skirt!!

  27. I catching skirt. The young lady so beautiful with the skirt. Thanks…………

  28. Mahbub says:

    Oh sweet lady really beautiful you and job. Thank you so much.

  29. Once again you look fabulous! Love your style and fabrics dress very much. thanks for sharing.

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