Easy Knit Skirt

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Project: Easy Knit Skirt

  • Patterns used: McCall M6654
  • Fabric Used:
    • 1 yard of gray polyester blend knit fabric
  • Notions:
    • 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:

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.

First pattern project: Kids Pajama Pants

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Kids Pajama Pants

  • Pattern: Simplicity 2027
  • Fabric Used: 1.125 yards of 100% cotton flannel
  • Notions: About 1.5-2 feet of 1″ elastic for the waistband

You know those ladies (and sometimes men) who sit at those tables in the middle of Joann Fabrics, in the sewing section, thumbing through immense books of patterns? I’ve become one of them. With Joann’s having sales on Simplicity and McCall patterns, I went on a pattern buying frenzy and now my queue has become, let’s say, impressively ridiculous.

First up on the block, pajama pants. After pinteresting and googling “easy sewing projects,” pajama pants came up over and over. If that many people were suggesting it, it couldn’t be a wrong way to go. The pattern I used was Simplicity 2047 and I made the C Pants in size 4, with my nephew as the lucky (or unlucky..) recipient of my first work of art. At least he picked out the fabric himself.

Reading a pattern for the first time is like trying to read a book in a different language when you only know the alphabet. I had to google so many words (e.g., what is a selvage), look up what different symbols meant, and watch youtube videos on how to cut patterns. I also had the opportunity to use my brother in-law’s serger, which was incredibly daunting given I was a novice at a regular sewing machine. There were a few rough patches in the construction and it was pretty slow going. All in all, the end product came out decently except for one minor issue. I used the wrong end of the fabric and placed the pieces such that the pattern on the pants is upside down. It’s a good thing these pants were for a 5 year old who was going to wear these at home.

One technical note, I decided to leave the pants long (instead of cutting off the excess) and adjust the length using a blind hem stitch on the sewing machine. It took me several tries and in the end, it means there’s a bunch of fabric folded under at the ends but I think it is fine. Now, when he goes through a growth spurt, I can let down the hem and the pants remain wearable for a little while longer. That is, if the rest of the pants hold up to the wear and tear of an active 5 year old.

He seems happy with them.
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