Spur of the moment Maxi Skirt – No pattern required
Right before PR Weekend, I made the grand announcement that I didn’t have the time nor the mojo to make anything new to wear to the weekend. Soon thereafter, I ate crow pie. I went home at lunch that Thursday and made a quick and simple maxi skirt using the fabric I bought with Susan in San Diego on the Man Forgetting Tour.
It’s a crinkle knit with very little stretch. I loved the graphic border print and the muted palette. The print was perfect for a column style maxi skirt. After PR Weekend last year, I was inspired to make a ruffle skirt like the one I saw Jaeng wear in Chicago. Mine was sewn together rather slapdash, but I loved wearing it and thought the column look was quite flattering. For this skirt, I did things a little differently. I made a casing for the elastic and I made the skirt a little wider, adding about 1.5 inches, due to lack of stretch in this fabric. It came out perfectly. It’s a single CB seam just serged together with a 3-inch elastic waist band encased in self-fabric. I wouldn’t call this pattern self-drafted as it’s just a rectangle based on my hip measurement. There was no drafting at all. I didn’t even hem this puppy. I just used the fabric’s selvedge as the “hem”. How much more easy can it get? I think the longest amount of time spent on this project was threading the serger. Seriously!
And some money shots…
One thing to note though: This column maxi skirt shortens your stride considerably. I am considering adding a godet to the CB seam with some of the fabric scrap for walking ease. It should be relatively simple to do, I think. Or am I just setting myself up for an epic fail?
Jack took my picture today instead of me setting up my tripod. I think he took a great shot of my skirt. We just have to work on including my head in the future. 😉
This morning I wore my maxi skirt again (without the godet) for an impromptu meet up with Liana at the FIT Museum. She mentioned on Facebook that she was in town for the weekend and I asked if we could meet. I just love meeting all the people whose blogs I read on a regular basis. It’s so wonderful to connect in real life. The interwebs are amazing.
Happy sewing everyone!