Not a Pattern Review: The Ruffle Knit Skirt a la Jaeng
This morning I got it into my head that I had to use my ruffle knit fabric to make a skirt just like the one Jaeng wore at PR Weekend in Chicago. Here’s her version which Karen snapped.
Jaeng’s skirt, my inspiration was charcoal grey and her ruffles were wider, probably about 2 inches.
My fabric was black and my ruffles were probably less than inch wide. But they were still ruffles! I will not be showing any close up pictures of the skirt or it’s interior as my sewing was fast and slapdash. I mean embarassingly slapdash. I would be ashamed for you to see my stitching. And let’s just say that my skirt will be worn with a top over it at all times.
- I used a 4 inch wide piece of elastic as my waist band. I just wrapped it around my waist and left seam allowances. I zigzagged over both edges to make a sturdy seam.
- Then I cut my ruffle knit one inch over my hip circumferance (1+ 40 = 41).
- I draped it against my body to determine the length and cut under one of the ruffles all the way across.
- I serged the right sides together to make the CB seam.
- I then joined the elastic waistband to the skirt by distributing the skirt width equally in four sections around the elastic.
- I sewed them together with a zigzag stitch holding the elastic taut in front and in back of the needle. Because I had to really stretch the elastic with both of my hands, it was really hard to control the stitches and the fabric, hence the slapdash appearance of the stitches.
I tried on my skirt and loved it! But there was just one thing wrong with it. It was a bit see through, despite the ruffle layers. The underlying knit was very see through. And, as I moved the ruffles would move, exposing the see through knit underneath. I definitely needed a lining to prevent scaring other people. So I cut a black knit lining about 19 inches long with the same 41 inches width and sewed it to the elastic right underneath the ruffle skirt. My lining stops right above the knee so the bottom of the skirt looks light and airy and the top of the skirt is modest. 🙂
Here’s how I wore it all day today.
This skirt was very comfortable to wear. Super comfortable. It was so easy to make too. I highly recommend making your own. I wore it all over downtown this morning and while I didn’t get any unsolicitations, I could tell people really liked it. I think it’s a very flattering skirt. I felt tall and skinny wearing it. It has a kind of column effect on the body. Originally I thought my body would be too curvy for this look, but I don’t think that now. I really love this skirt. I wish I could wear it every day. Honest.
Now buy some ruffle knit and go make your own. Now!