Last summer I tried shopping for a RTW one but could not find anything I liked. So looking ahead to spring and summer, I decided I needed to make some knit elastic waist skirts. After searching the pattern stash, I decided to use Butterick 6464. It is from their Lisette collection. This was probably finished early May but just now getting blog photo; weather was some of the problem.
I traced out a size 20. I could have sworn I measured myself correctly. I think my problem was either the stretch material or I measured myself when I was having symptoms from endometriosis and this caused the difference. So far, the endometriosis theory is the front- runner. In the end, I took about 4 inches off all over so I should have traced a size 16 instead.
The fabric used first is a candy apple Ponte knit. With my Pfaff Ambition, it handled the Ponte better at a slower sewing speed.
I did not shorten the pattern when I traced it out. I knew I would most likely take off some length but I wanted to be able to see the skirt on before deciding how much should be removed. I shortened it by an inch then took a 3 inch hem.
I later traced out a 16 one weekend. The following week, I spent cutting out Butterick 6464 skirts in grey, royal blue, and tan Ponte, plus able to cut a Liesl & Co Classic shirt and doll apron.
Over the weekend, I put on my “Home Fires” DVD and went to work on putting together my skirts. As for “Home Fires”, I still don’t agree with the decision to cancel the series. But back to the skirts, I decided to top-stitch down each side on the center front and back panels. As for the side seams, I ended up taking them in an inch (2 inches total). This is a more reasonable amount based on fabric stretch, so I didn’t decide to re-trace out the size 14.
The skirts went together fairly quickly and I had all three completed by Sunday afternoon.
Over the spring, I had a little “knit elastic skirt” project. Last summer I went to a store and couldn’t find any. So this year, being proactive, I made about 8 different skirts so I would have plenty for separates over the summer. First up on the blog is McCall’s 6654 which was the second pattern I tried.
I made two skirts of view F (19 inch length), one skirt in view G (23 inch length) and one skirt in view I (42 inch length). All skirts are from ITY knit. I did a larger hem allowance at 1.25 inches for 3 out of the 4 skirts. I also used size 16 for all of them. Only the maxi skirt had any major pattern alterations.
First up the View F. I made two version of this view. The first was from the black patterned ITY. I used the 1.25 inches for the hem so it was above knee-length. As it was the first, I also had doubts so I took in the side seams some which I shouldn’t have done.
The second View F (skirt 3 from pattern) is from a brushed sueded ITY knit. This fabric did not like heat at all. I burnt it with the iron which was set under 4 (just on the steam side). Because of that, I did a double folded narrow hem that I would not need to take the iron to. It is serged then rolled twice. Otherwise there were no pattern alterations.
View G was the second version of the pattern completed. This time the only change made was to use the 1.25 inch hem. Everything else was according to pattern.
Last skirt completed was View I (the maxi skirt). I knew immediately that 42 inches long was too much. I had my dad check the length I needed with a tape measure. It came to 36 inches. I ended up using 37 inches. I figured I would rather have the pattern piece too long instead of not long enough and I used a deeper hem (the 1.25 inches like previous versions). I started at the lengthen and shorten line and marked off every three inches 4 more times. At each line I took out an inch of length then blended the side seam from top to end of adjustments.
I really like this pattern (I guess making it 4 times proves it). It was extremely versatile and allowed me to try out a midi length also. The pattern is extremely easy to sew together and would make a perfect beginner project. I think all total each version was probably about 4 hours from cutting to finished. It took two evenings to complete just because I don’t like fighting elastic late at night. It always seems to twist.
It is also fairly easy to modify. I made my mom one for mother’s day and at the side seams to fit her. But she doesn’t like having her items posted to the blog.
My parents got a new slim tall Christmas tree this year. The old tree skirt was just too big (even after taking and trimming it with scissors). No stores really seem to sell small (like 36 inches or 30 inch diameter) skirts.
So the Christmas tree got a simple full circle skirt with lace and fleece backing.
First up was estimating how much fabric to buy. Guessing, 15 inch waist for the tree (because I didn’t have the ability to measure it) and back calculating to check to see if it is a reasonable pole diameter. Remember that the circumference of the circle is Pi multiplied by diameter. Estimated pole was 4.5 inches. Outer radius for bottom of skirt was estimated at 20.25 inches (for around 36 inch skirt diameter). So I could squeak by with 1.25 yards of fabric (that is with 5 inches of extra space. I told my mom 1.5 yards just to be on the safe side.
After we picked up the fabric, I measured the tree. Its waist line is more like 7 or 8 inches instead of 15. Also, my parents decided on 30 inches diameter instead of 36 inches. All the math had to be recalculated. Since I didn’t pull back up the circle skirt calculators from the internet, I had to make sure I added at least 1 seam allowance for the waist. It is a case were smaller diameter will be fine.
Half circles were cut. Lace was applied to the outer layer. Then fleece and outer layer were stitched together with an opening for turning it right side out. Everything then was top-stitched closed.
I have at least 5 navy tops (either just plain navy or navy/ cream stripe) that really needed a lighter colored skirt to go with for the summer. My current light colored skirt (Vogue 1247 ) is just too short to wear to work. As for fabric, I had a light colored cotton twill which was recently added to the stash. I decided to try out the Liesl + Co everyday skirt to fill the wardrobe hole.
After reading some reviews and such, I was torn on what size to make. In the end, I decided on a large. The only alterations I made was to shorten the skirt by an inch and to shorten the elastic (probably by three inches). Since, I didn’t have three- quarter inch elastic at home, I went ahead and used one and half- inch elastic instead. This did make the back of my skirt bulky especially because of shortening the elastic. To tame it down some, I zig-zag stitched down the center of the elastic.
As of right now, I am not sure if I would be better going down to the medium or just altering the large more. The side seams feel too far back. I think taking a quarter-inch (for a half- inch total) out of the center front would help that. I would definitely go out and buy half- inch and three-quarter inch elastic for any future versions. Otherwise, I know the back piece needs less width but I don’t know how much to take out. The length needs to go up at least another inch beyond what I have done. I really want it to end just above the knee that way there is a gap between the top of my boots that I wear in winter and the bottom of the skirt.
Looking at great everyday clothing, I realized I am lacking a denim blue jean skirt. Thanks to my mom I got two yards of denim (or as she told the lady cutting 2 pounds of denim).
I choose to use the skirt Vogue 1247 (Rachel Comey) again. I love my tan denim version; however, it is a little short to wear to work without leggings on under. It is hard to believe that this pattern is out of print now especially when you look and see 120 reviews for it on Pattern Review.
Like before I used the size 18. But this time I took the bottom skirt front and bottom skirt back and added 2 inches in length (most of this ended up being use in the hem of this skirt). For a faster sew, I didn’t use the bias binding on the seams. I went ahead and used my serger instead.
Because of the stretch of the denim, I pulled in my side seams an extra quarter-inch on each side. The pockets use a little of the quilting cotton I picked up to make my Samantha doll a new dress (not even started her dress yet but do have the pattern cut).
So I tried really hard to get a photo of the skirt without Lala on it and it was near impossible without locking him in his cage. Pictures with bunny it is then.
This is the present I made my mom for Christmas. I used the size 22 for a start (37 in waist); then adjusted it for a 44 inches total. I divided this evenly between the front and back. At the back I added to the center back about 1 inch (for 2 inches total) then the rest went to the side seams. The front I did slash and spread some and then added the last on the side seams.
The skirt does have pleats on the front wrap (to be honest they do get lost in the print of the skirt). Otherwise, the skirt went together fairly fast. I think after I finished the pattern alterations, it only took two evenings to sew everything together.
I did used a little bit thicker waistband and elastic for the skirt. I serged the bottom then rolled it twice for the hem.
I probably finished this in August. I am just now getting around to get pictures of it. Every time there was nice weather for pictures, I either forgot to bring the skirt or my camera out to my parents’ house. Finally, I broke down and decided just to just the timer on the camera so I can get the pictures done. So you got pictures with the bunny so I didn’t fall over him while doing pictures.
This is the Veronika skirt from Megan Nielsen patterns. It is available for free! It is a circle skirt with waistband, fabric and pocket options.
I used the left over scuba knit from my Lindy petal skirt to make view C of the skirt. The scuba knit was very easy to sew with. Since the scuba knit has some body to it, the skirt sort of ripple folds and flairs away without any sort of petticoat to hold it out.
I didn’t do any pattern alterations. I used a size XL. Instead of the normal 5/8 inch seam allowance, I used a smaller one so I would have a 35″ waist for my skirt.
I think the skirt is a little long for me; maybe around an inch or two. I feel a little short when I wear it and look in the mirror. If I was to make this again, I would definitely be shorting it. I would like it to fall at my knee.
This would definitely be a skirt pattern to consider using again. I am at the top of the size range with using a knit skirt. So any future knit skirts, I would be taking the extra length off the bottom. But considering that I would have to alter the pattern to get it to fit for woven, it may be more beneficial to take the extra length off in the waist of the skirt to get the wider waist and just add the length needed on the waistband.
So the failed Closet Case Files Ginger jeans really have taken a toll on my sewing confidence. Since the failure, I have only made 2 items, the McCall’s 7094 blouse and the True Bias Sutton blouse (still needing pictures). I am still planning on making a skirt for my mom for Christmas. After that, I think I may switch up to doll clothes and a couple of Pinterest tutorials for boot cuffs while I decide what pattern to do next. I am definitely not ready to tackle the jeans again.
So far the top pattern considerations are:
- Liesel & Co Late Lunch tunic
- Pattern Review’s Winter Street dress
- McCall’s 6605
- Tilly & the Button’s Bettine
- McCall’s 5856 (pleated skirt)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.