Simplicity 2452: The Double knit Not-So-Mini Skirt Edition
I have a party to go to tonight. Yesterday I decided to make something to wear to said party. At the last minute. Of course. I always do that to myself.
I knew I wanted to make a knit skirt. Specifically I thought I would make a double knit mini skirt to wear with tights and my black boots. But I don’t have a pattern for a double knit skirt in my stash. That’s when I got the harebrained idea to draft it myself. Before I went off on this undoubtedly time-consuming tangent, I asked my sewing peeps on Facebook if they had any suggestions for my last minute project.
Well, Katie of KatieKadiddleHopper came to my rescue right away. She suggested I use her tutorial on how to make a comfy knit pencil skirt and then modify it for a mini skirt. The genius behind this tutorial is that you use a darted skirt pattern that you have already used before and that fits you well as the base for the knit version. Except you don’t sew the darts and use elastic instead for the waist. Katie explains it better than I do, so head on over to read her tute.
I used my TNT pencil skirt pattern, Simplicity 2452 (original review here).
I just shortened it and left the darts unsewn, then added the elastic. And wham bam, thank you ma’am, I had my double knit mini skirt that’s not so mini since I’m not that brave. I could go a little shorter, but I won’t change this version. Oh, will there be more versions you ask? You bet there will be. I love this skirt. I love the coverstitched hem too. This skirt is going to be a well-loved addition to my wardrobe. Oh and I slapdashed together a slip to wear under it because the double knit would stick to my tights in an unattractive way. This slip will never see the light of day. It is not pretty. But it works. So that’s all I’m going to say about that.
When I make it again (oh and I will as this is a great skirt for my new lifestyle), I will shave a little of the hip curve out and take it in at the waist a little. I have a little poofiness (or poi fines as Katie was auto-corrected on Facebook last night – so funny) at the waist. Not enough that I wouldn’t wear this version though. I’m just being picky.
I can’t wait to wear my new skirt tonight. The navy double knit in my stash is definitely gonna be made into this skirt as well. LOVE. THIS.