I’m going to New York this weekend. The climate there is just a wee bit different from what I’ve become accustomed to out here in San Diego. It’s going to be in the low 30′s the whole time I’m there. So I thought I better make something that would be comfortable and warm to wear. Coming off the high from my double knit skirt I made a couple of weeks ago, I knew another knit skirt would be just the ticket. And then Karen of Did You Make That made a gorgeous blue wool and black leather skirt the other day. I. LOVED. IT.
I totally had to have a skirt just like Karen’s. ;)
Knowing I had some navy double knit in my stash as well some faux leather, I thought another double knit version of Simplicity 2452 would be perfect. I used Katie’s knit skirt tutorial again. This second time around, I feel my sewing was much better and the fit is much smoother at the waist than the first version. For the leather side strips I wanted to add, I had to consult with Claudine on how to add them to the skirt pattern. My initial idea was to just to make the leather strips as long rectangles down the side seam. But then I started second guessing myself. I wasn’t sure if I needed to incorporate the hip curve into the strip or not. Claudine came to my rescue and confirmed that easing the hip curve of the front and back panels into the side rectangles would indeed work. Phew!
For this version of S2452, I added a lining early on in the construction process. My first double knit skirt, the heathered grey skirt, I didn’t think to do it until later in the process and then couldn’t add it in, forcing myself to throw together a sorry looking slip.
The topstitching I added to the sides performed double duty. It keeps the seam allowances flat and gives a sportier look to the skirt. Because my coverstitch machine hated the faux leather and I didn’t want to detract from the top stitching, I coverstitched the hem for the double knit portion of the skirt only. For the faux leather strips, I just stitched in the ditch to secure the hem allowances.
And here’s how it looks on (I only have a cell phone in the mirror picture as my usual photographer, the little boy who lives with me, was not home this afternoon)…
I love my new skirt. I love the navy with black “leather” accents. I can’t wait to wear it in NYC next week. Thank you Karen for inspiring me to make this skirt today.
Now I just have to figure out if I can make my niece’s circle skirt in one day. Wish me luck please. I’m gonna need it.