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2013 February 1
by elizabeth_admin

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!

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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.

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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.

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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)…

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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.

Happy sewing!

15 Responses leave one →
  1. February 1, 2013

    Love it! You look fab in it – especially with your boots too :)

  2. February 1, 2013

    Your skirt looks amazing! Love the leather details. Good luck on whipping out a circle skirt – you can do it!

  3. February 1, 2013

    It looks great! Especially paired with those boots!

  4. February 1, 2013

    That is one great skirt. Have fun in NYC

  5. February 1, 2013

    Whew! Awesome! I can’t wait to see it. And you.

  6. February 1, 2013

    Ooh sexy!

    You should come to the leather class with Kenneth King at Mood next week! A bunch of us are going.

    Here’s the link: http://register.asapconnected.com/courses.aspx?coursegroupid=6128

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      February 1, 2013

      I wish I could, but I am going to the DG Expo that day. Bummer. :(

  7. February 1, 2013

    Leather class in Mood?! Don’t say such things! Elizabeth, you look hot, hot, HOT. Perfect for New York. Enjoy!

  8. February 1, 2013

    Fabulous skirt! You totally rock it. Enjoy your trip. g

  9. February 1, 2013

    Very sexy! Navy and black’s such a great colour combo too.

  10. February 1, 2013

    Super cool for cold weather!
    I’ve started to wear black and navy too even though it was for so long the fashion faux pas. I think the two deep colours together add richness and depth.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. February 1, 2013

    Fabulous!

  12. February 1, 2013

    I love this! What a stylish look. Enjoy your NY trip :-)

  13. Carolyn permalink
    February 2, 2013

    So are you wearing this fabulous skirt when we meet up?

  14. February 2, 2013

    Ten out of ten for the perfect skirt.

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