With summer heading this way fast (last week it was here in force, today its raining?)
I think I need some wardrobe additions, fast. The last two summers, I pretty much lived in my Everyday Skirts.
I figured that it was time to make some more, with a bit of an update. I am so happy with the way they turned out!
Same yoga waistband, same comfort for on-the-go women or teens. Just changed up a bit.
I had some wide navy and white striped knit I bought at Michael Levine a while back and I just loved the way the stripes lay. This tribal knit I found at The National City Swap meet in San Diego- they have about 4-5 booths full of fabric for super cheap.
The skirts can be super casual with a plain tee and flip flops or dressed up a bit with heels. I just bought this cute white denim jacket and love the way it pairs with the skirts.
So I am on a roll, I made a digital pattern (Comparible to a size Medium at Gap, Old Navy or Target) to share.
I busted these 2 skirts out in about 2 hours total- so a nice, quick project!
1 3/4 yds knit fabric (probably avoid super clingy or 4 way stretch knits)
Sz. M Pattern available for download here
- Print pattern. Make sure to set scaling to 100%. Use Adobe Reader for printing for best results. Measure your test square to make sure printing is correct. Assemble your pattern as shown below.
- If your fabric is a stripe of some sort, be careful when you fold your fabric to line them up as well as you can. Cut 2 on the fold and your yoga waistband.
- Fold your yoga band right sides together, and sew your side seam, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. You can use a straight stitch for this part, or serge.
- With right sides out, fold down the band in half and press, as shown. The seam will be center back.
- With right sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch your skirt side seams. You can use a straight stitch for this part, or serge.
- Divide both your waist band and skirt top into quarters. Put pins at each quarter mark.
- With the fold side down, pull your band over your skirt top, with all raw edges at the top.
- Pin the two together at each quarter mark.
- Stitch the band to the skirt. Starting at the center back, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, serge or use a narrow zig zag stitch the band onto the skirt top. You will need to stretch the band as you sew in between pins.
- Once your waistband is sewn on, it is time to hem.
- I used knit stay tape. This really helps hemlines look perfect.
- Fuse your stay tape onto the wrong side of your hemline.
- Turn under about 5/8″ and press.
- Stich hemline with a double needle OR (like I did) two rows of straight stitches (since this hem won’t need to stretch)
Done! Happy Sewing.