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I made a skirt for my sister today

2013 May 2
by elizabeth_admin

I didn’t mean to.  I meant to make myself a skirt.  It ended up being too small.  *sigh*

I used this tutorial I found randomly on the web.  I just used the PDF pattern hoping my knit would be forgiving.  It wasn’t.  I should have followed the instructions at the bottom which went by your measurements.  I did not.  *another sigh*



slight flare at the hem

slight flare at the hem


I will attempt this again in another knit tomorrow as the silhouette is cute and the waistband on the skirt is comfortable.  Hope it works!


14 Responses leave one →
  1. Karla permalink
    May 2, 2013

    Here’s a free downloadable pattern from the site, that might be helpful. Don’t let the dress fool you; it’s actually a skirt pattern.

    The only review (or rather, the first one I encountered) on PR:

    I really like this pattern, because it doesn’t have too much flare; it’s just right.

  2. Karla permalink
    May 2, 2013

    ooops – flare or flair? There’s a bad sector in my personal memory disk….

  3. May 2, 2013

    She’ll love it. You’re on fire!

  4. May 2, 2013

    Lucky sister – that is a beaut skirt. Love the fabric.

  5. susan permalink
    May 2, 2013

    does anyone else think it looks like eyes at the waistband seam? Too cool.

  6. May 3, 2013

    Great fabric. I’d love to see it on.

  7. Judi permalink
    May 3, 2013

    Lucky sister…pretty skirt!

  8. May 3, 2013

    Sister really hit the jack pot on this one. You’re building good sister karma 🙂 Love the fabric, hopefully you can get more of it for your own fabo-self

  9. May 3, 2013

    That’s the tricky thing about knits, one pattern does not work for all stretchy fabrics. They don’t all preform like we would like. You can cut 2 garments from the same pattern, and they will fit sooo different. You have to be prepared to cut wider seam allowances and pin or baste and do the try on before serging those seams. I have 2 wrap tops I made from a darling Sandra Betzina pattern hanging in the closet, one baggy and one too tight…the knits, one with rayon and one with polyester refused to play nice so they are doing “time out” until I can escape the bridal gowns at the end of the season. I saw “eyes” on the waistband seam too….clever or by chance?

  10. May 3, 2013

    Definitely sew it again! Way cute pattern, love the little flair. I’ve been making myself some maxi skirts with this waistband, soooo comfortable and the whole thing is so easy to sew. I’ve had the best luck with cotton jersey, mid-weight, about 25% – 30% one-way stretch. I made one with interlock knit, which has lots of stretch, and it was awful to manage all that stretch in the waistband. Ended up running a 1″ elastic through a casing at the bottom of the waistband. Interlock is kind of like mini mini rib knit, in case you haven’t sewn it. Have fun!

  11. May 3, 2013

    Rats! I have done that sooo many times. Currently, my almost-thirteen-year-old is the “lucky” recipient (although our tastes often differ, so this doesn’t always work out.) And at the rate she’s growing, that won’t last much longer…

    At least your sister will get a lovely skirt. 🙂

  12. Rosie permalink
    May 3, 2013

    Lucky sister / very cute skirt! The mojo is back at Chez Larson.

  13. Meredith permalink
    May 9, 2013

    lucky me!! can’t wait to try it on!

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