Not a Pattern Review: Missoni Knockoff Skirt
Although Robin beat me to it the night she got home from PR Weekend, I made something out of my new fabric purchases the day after. I think that’s gotta be a personal best for me re: purchase to sewn time. *patting self on back* I didn’t really use a pattern. I was restricted as to what I could make because I only had a 1/2 yard remnant with which to work. I knew as soon as I saw it though; I had to make a Missoni knit skirt knockoff. Something like this…
The knit itself is not Missoni and looks like crochet-like. It’s not very stable. I knew I needed to serge the seam allowances and I wanted to add a lining as it was quite holey and sheer in some places. So I hand basted a creme knit to the zigzag knit using silk thread to create an underlining. This was the silk thread that I bought at Britex in SF. OMG, it was amazing. It was like using liquid thread. So easy to use and so silky. Loved working with it. Credit to Claudine for telling me about the benefits of silk thread.
Then I hand basted the side seams to ensure decent stripe matching and to see how it fit on my hips (with the silk thread again!). It was great, but needed shaping at the waist. I pinned out the waist and then used the hip curve to draw the hip line on the skirt (from the 9.5 inch marking at the waist to the 17 inch marking at the hip). I basted the new hip line and took it to my serger to sew/serge the side seams. These scraps are all that remain after sewing up the skirt. Barely anything.
Next I used Katie’s knit skirt tutorial for the elasticized waistband technique. It’s quick and easy and doesn’t add a lot of bulk to the waist. Love it.
After that, it was just hand stitching the hem and I was done. I think it took me about 4 hours from start to finish with all the hand basting I did. Not bad actually. Using silk thread makes hand basting pretty quick as it just glides through the fabric.
And I love my new skirt. Here it is flat so you can see the shaping.
And here it is on me. 🙂
I have a few small projects queued up before I tackle the Gatsby dress. So you’ll be seeing some new finished projects soon. I want to strike while the mojo is hot. Happy sewing everyone!