Project: Easy Knit Skirt
- Patterns used: McCall M6654
- Fabric Used:
- 1 yard of gray polyester blend knit fabric
- hem tape
- ball point needle for sewing machine
This is going to be a quickie. It’s been a busy week: interviewing for a job, preparing for our annual weekend camping trip with college friends, and some re-structuring of my site. I haven’t had much time to do new crafting but this was my most recent project that I did about two weeks ago. The picture was a quick snap from my phone, nothing fancy, folks.
Having had success in several sewing projects making purses (which I will post when I can get around to uploading my pictures!), baby accessories, and kids clothes, I decided to take on making a skirt for myself.
I was under the impression that making a knit skirt would be super quick and easy. For the most part, it was as advertised, except the final execution of the skirt was not my best work. I’m going to chalk up the less than stellar performance to my super basic sewing machine not being able to deal well with stretchy fabric. …that or I’m a totally novice at working with stretchy fabrics (totally the latter).
I used a McCall pattern to cut the main panels of the skirt but I wasn’t thrilled with the elastic band it was proposing, so I did some internet-ing and opted for a yoga-style band instead (much better for hiding the gut). Here were some super helpful tutorials I came across:
- Everyday Skirt from iCandy Handmade
- How to Sew a Knit Pencil Skirt from Simple Simon and Co.
- Knit Pencil Skirt from Delia Creates
The band part came out great. It was definitely tricky figuring out dimensions but I ended up measuring my waist and subtracting about 4 inches from the waist measurement. In the construction of it, I had trimmed off even more because the fabric was pretty stretchy and at only 4 inches short of my waistline, it was still too roomy. The hemline was the trickiest part for me. Granted the picture I posted is of the skirt unpressed, but you can see how super puckered the hemline is. I had wanted to use a twin needle to finish the hem, but after snapping 2 (ok, 3) needles, I decided my machine wasn’t savvy enough to know how to use a twin needle.
I’m not sure if I’ll be adding this to my wardrobe without some tweaking, but it was definitely a good first try at making an “easy” knit skirt. I’d definitely try this again, perhaps when I have a better machine.