Weekend Project: Lickety Split Jersey Skirt
Along with the influx of great patterned knits in the store, we have some standout solids, too. I could not leave this "denim" cotton blend jersey just sitting there, so I brought home a yard of it last week. It was a toss up between the Jalie 965 Tank or T pattern and a four seam jersey skirt.
The skirt won, only because I am trying to cram in too much into these days and this was a guaranteed 20 minute job-- or 5 minutes, as it's basically an even simpler version of this one.
I cut two rectangles and gently tapered each side from hem to waist about 1 1/2". I curved the hem line slightly. To sew the side seams together you could either use a serger or a short zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. To finish the skirt, I flipped the waist over an inch and created a channel using the short zigzag. I did the same for hem, opting to flip it just less than a 1/2". I threaded some narrow elastic through the channel and tacked each end. Done and Done.
If you have more than a few minutes, this is the kind of skirt that is crying out for some Anna Joyce style applique or freezer paper stencil printing.
This is definitely a kick around the house sort of skirt... the jersey is light to midweight with a beautiful drape, but it does do a little too much curve hugging for this particular body. I could have avoided this problem by buying more fabric and creating a fuller skirt. This fabric would be DREAMY in a fuller skirt (check out SewU Home Stretch or Jalie skirt patterns). Meredith is teaching a knit skirt class down at MD at the end of the month and her finished product is going to give you a comfy AND flattering fit. Her skirt also features a great jersey waist band that I'm seeing all over the shops these days. Are you scared to sew with knits? Take this class and you'll get over it. Or come into the shop and we'll get you set up with the right tools to get you going.