While browsing FB, I saw a post for a knit pencil skirt and it was free if you were a member of their site. Hmmm, I thought I was a member but maybe I had deleted it. So I joined again and whipped up a skirt that I have been planning in my head.
The patterns are PDF files. Last week I swore I wouldn’t buy another unless I was desperate. Tired of matching notches, folding paper, and taping 66 times. Patterns for Pirates (P4P) does it differently. The printer paper is just matched up and taped, plus they use the layers technique so that you only have to print your size or the sizes you need to make any necessary adjustments. Cool!
I had purchased fabric for a pair of leggings awhile back. Super soft, super perfect for leggings. I bought it at Zenith and Quasar. It’s a brushed polyester , 89% polyester 11% spandex. The weight is around 200 grams. 4-way stretch. This company has buy-ins where you can get good deals on a mass order but also can purchase at other times. At least that’s how I think it works.
I saw a lady on tv with a pencil skirt made of similar fabric and I knew I’d be making one soon. Last night was the night and I LOVE.
This pattern has 2 pattern pieces and a waistband with dimensions to cut. The skirt and waistband have choices of a mid-rise and a high-rise. I chose the high-rise. If you are 20, you might want the mid-rise, it’s a 2-inch difference. The pattern has 3 different length options. I chose below knee.
I cut out one size smaller in the waist and graded to the next size in the hips. (Notice I didn’t say I went ‘larger’ for the hips. It’s all a mind game)
The fit was PERFECT.
I used my serger doing a 3-thread for the side seams. Then I decided I had to use my favorite 3-thread coverstitch since this fabric is basically athletic wear. So I then coverstitched the side seams and the hem. I sew on the inside of the skirt for the triple coverstitch.
Then when you turn it over there is the fabulous stitch. Everytime I see it, I get excited.
As I said in a previous post, I like to sew my waistband with my sewing machine using a regular stretch stitch.
Then I iron it flat.
See how flat it looks, instead of a big serger lump. You can hardly see it.
The waistband was serged on the skirt, then coverstitched. Another nice feature of this pattern was the big notch in the center back. I wondered what it was for. It’s quite large but came in handy when putting the waistband on the skirt. Often the front and back of a skirt look so much alike that they get mixed up if you don’t have it marked. This notch was my mark.
I started this skirt late in the evening and finished it fast!
I went to bed thinking that I want to make more. I had ordered some pink ponte from Girl Charlee that I didn’t really like so I thought it might be an ok summer skirt. So the first thing I did today was pre wash that ponte on the quick cycle 😍.
I cut her out quick, then serged those side seams. Since it’s a ponte it will probably look best without the triple coverstitch, so this skirt is even faster than the other.
Here is a tip on how I do waistbands with a serger. For these skirts, the seam allowance is 1/2″.
- Sew short ends together with sewing machine. Iron flat.
- Put 4 pins evenly around waistband, one in center back, center front and each side.
- Do the same with the skirt.
- Match pins.
- Get ready to serge.
- Take an area in the back near the side seam, cut about an inch long and 1/4″ deep like this:
- Place under serger.
- Serge around waistband stretching to fit skirt to waistband.
- Then come around to the cut area.
Comes out like this, so iron well.
Then I did a wide coverstitch.
I love this coverstitch foot.
For the hem I had already serged the raw edges then press up 1 inch and coverstitch.
That’s it. Don’t forget your label.