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Not a Pattern Review: Missoni Knockoff Skirt

2013 April 30
by elizabeth_admin

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…

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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!

14 Responses leave one →
  1. April 30, 2013

    That’s fantastic. Glad you found your mojo.

  2. April 30, 2013

    Impressive turnaround, and it looks a fun wear! I wish we had time for more than our way too quick intro & meeting last weekend, but I’m happy that we at least had a moment to meet 🙂

  3. April 30, 2013

    Love the inspiration skirt and love your version! I’m never sure what to do with miss on I knits even though I like them and a skirt like this is a great idea!

    Nice stripe matching too!

  4. April 30, 2013

    Love your skirt. Great for summer, but the colors will also transfer over into fall.

  5. Trina permalink
    April 30, 2013

    Very. Cute. I like your creation better than the original.

  6. April 30, 2013

    Missoni fabric is wonderful isn’t it. I love how it transforms a really simple design into something special.

  7. Rosie permalink
    April 30, 2013

    Another lovely skirt! Silk thread is fantastic for basting other fabrics such as silk charmeuse, chiffon. If you use a fine beading needle along with the silk thread to baste (as couturiers do), you will find that when remove it, voila no holes :-). Go with the mojo – looking forward to seeing the new stuff!

  8. April 30, 2013

    This looks so good on you, the fabric is wonderful.

  9. May 1, 2013

    Very nice, Elizabeth! Thanks for the skirt tutorial link too. I made a Missoni dress earlier in the spring and am tempted to turn it into a skirt like yours.

  10. SusieR permalink
    May 1, 2013

    I love this skirt.
    L.O.V.E. it!!
    It’s a heaping bowlful of TOTALLY AWESOME! And it looks sooooooo fab on you!

  11. May 2, 2013


    That is a great skirt and it’s awesome that you used that piece of fabric so quickly. I love that you’ve found your style in your new lifestyle and are making garments that suit it!

  12. Judi permalink
    May 2, 2013

    Your knockoff is way prettier! Beautiful skirt!!!

  13. May 4, 2013

    This skirt is lovely. Looks very ‘Missoni’ like!

  14. May 7, 2013

    Love the crochet misoni-like fabric. The fit is great too. I’m intrigued by the waistband. I’ll have to check out the link as I have a few knit skirts in the cue to sew up.

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