Alterations needed

I love this leather pencil skirt. It's buttery soft, fits perfectly at the waist, and it only set me back $7. However I feel like it could be serving me better if it were either hemmed above the knee, or more tapered at the bottom.

Typically I opt to do my own alterations, but this isn't a project I feel I can take on right now when my current to-do list seems unending. I think if I can find a seamstress who isn't going to charge me the cost of buying a new leather skirt to make the changes I'll go for it; tis the season for leather pencil skirts after all.

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The Rundown
Cowl Neck Sweater Gap similar
Leather Pencil Skirt Lord & Taylor thrifted similar
Black Loafer Pumps Ferragamo via Roundabout similar
Bag Vintage Coach thrifted
Pave Hexagon Earrings Thrifted
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Pave Toggle Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



  1. Yea, I agree, shorter or more fitted and the skirt will go from good to amazing! Just like with my $10 leather skirt from Coco's a couple years ago! :D

  2. What a great deal on that skirt...but you're right--the alterations would be more than you paid. Maybe just wait until you're not as overwhelmed to do it yourself? I vote for slightly shorter!! jodie

  3. I love a good leather skirt, and taking a good one to perfect does sometimes require alterations, sadly. Working with leather is no easy feat, so taking this beauty to a seamstress would probably be for the best... but finding a good one whose prices are affordable is no easy feat. I have to say, I know the focus of this post is the skirt but I can't help but be drawn to your sweater, the cowl neck, colour and thickness all look so perfect. What are the chances I'll find a similar one at Gap, I wonder? Probably none, but a girl can dream!

  4. Take me thrift shopping with you and teach me your ways! I can't believe you scored that for $7! Definitely worth getting it altered since you got such a great deal for it! I had an alteration lady in the town I used to live in who only charged $15 for most things. Now where I live, they charge $40! I'm on the hunt for a good but affordable seamstress.

  5. I can't believe it was only $7!! What a great find!!

    La Joie de Vivre

  6. That skirt is beautiful! Can't wait to see it after the alterations :)

  7. I love leather pencil skirts. I own one that I wore so many times last fall/winter. I think if it were a little above the knee it would be perfect on you.

  8. I have a leather skirt that fits me the exact same way. I have been debating getting it altered because I don't feel comfortable altering leather, but like you, I am nervous about the cost. I think I just need to bite the bullet because I would get so much more use from mine if it fit better!

  9. What a great price for the skirt! I think it's definitely worth altering. A little more fitted would be perfect!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  10. 'Tis the season for leather skirts indeed! I've been on the hunt for one of my own and I'm jealous you thrifted this pretty one.

    District of Chic

  11. Love it! Leather and turtlenecks are so on point this season and you really nailed the styling here.


  12. Great skirt! I have a few pieces I need to go get hemmed as well...I've been super lazy about it though!

  13. $7?! Wow great deal! Looks great - can't wait till see after the alterations!

  14. Ooh that leather skirt is an awesome find! You always make me feel like I need to do more thrifting. I hope you find a tailor who can make the adjustments you want so that you'll truly love it and love to wear it.

  15. Wow what a score!! Good luck finding a seamstress that won't charge an arm and a leg to shorten the hem, I can imagine it would be pricey for leather.

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.