{How To} Knock it off!!

A few weeks ago while shopping, I picked up what has quickly become my favorite skirt.  Sadly, the store only offered it in dark gray and black.

So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and “Knock it off”.

And when I shared the photo of the finished skirt on my Facebook wall, I quickly realized you might want to do the same!

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 1/2 Buttons


  • large piece of paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • favorite skirt

Basic Instructions:

  1. Find a large flat surface to lay your paper (or scrap fabric) on.
  2. Place your skirt flat onto paper.  Be sure to spread out all fullness.
  3. If your skirt is knit like mine, your grain line will be on center.  But if you are working with a woven fabric, you need to be sure you are marking the grain line.
  4. With your pencil, mark along the outside edge of skirt.  I created small dots and then played “connect the dots” with my ruler.
  5. If you see any funny bumps along the way, just even them out.  You would not expect to see a wavy or wonky seam on a store bought skirt. So, fix it- before we get stitching!
  6. Then add your seam allowance.  For my joining seams I added 3/8″.  For my hem line I added 3/4″.
  7. I continued this method for all pieces. The front, back and waistband. Be sure to add  the same seam allowance to each joining seam.
*Note- my skirt was super simple. A front, back and waistband.
Now, go find your favorite skirt and start knockin’! Next week, I will show you how to stitch your skirt together!
**Remember, I love seeing your finished projects.  Be sure to share photos on the Facebook wall!
*Quick note: This “how to” is really just a “quick cheat method on knocking off your favorite item.  True pattern making is a killer skill that comes with tons of practice and years of experience.  Even after all my years of  training and experience in the apparel industry, I do not consider myself a “true” pattern maker.




  1. Lovely! And the skirt is beautiful, too! =0)

  2. WOW! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

  3. Fantastic! Love knocking off………..

  4. Lovely.. Lovely.. the skirt is pretty too..

  5. Great little knock-it-of tute!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. Love the color! Great job knocking it off!

  7. Wow – love your green skirt! You are so talented!! Thanks for your inspiration. I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a Dime! I’m pinning this.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your skirt/knock off at Project Queen’s Link Party!

  9. Fabulous knock-off Heather!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  10. I love the green one! Don’t you love being able to have multiples for less?:)

  11. You look beautiful and the skirt is awesome!

  12. You look beautiful and the skirt is awesome!!!

  13. Too, too cute! Each time I see one of your projects I resolve to get my very ancient sewing machine out. This summer for certain!

    Thanks so much for sharing this week at Pin’inspiration Thursday. Can’t wait to see next week’s project.

  14. Very cool! That’s so smart of you. I never think that I could make something on my own. I would’ve just settled for the black or gray! Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays.

  15. northlaurel says:

    Neat…I *think* I could do this… maybe.

  16. What a great series idea. Totally motivating. Thanks for sharing this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  17. So great! I always want to re-create favorite skirts. Your post inspires me to actually do it. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  18. Trish @ Mom On Timeout says:

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see the next post! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  19. I don’t sew well at all, but I was able to do something like this with a favorite summer top. Now I have 5 unique summer tops in amazing cotton prints.

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