DIY: The Everyday Skirt Take 2

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!

Main Graphic

This skirt is a bit fuller and circle-ish, kind of like if my Ice Cream Social Skirt and my Everyday Skirt had a baby. :)

Striped Version 2

Same yoga waistband, same comfort for on-the-go women or teens.  Just changed up a bit.

Tribal Version 2

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.

Striped Version 1

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.

Tribal Version 1

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!

Materials:

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.

Pattern Layout:

Pattern Map

  • 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.

T2

  • 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.

T1

  • 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.

T3

  • 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.

T4

T5

  • 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.

Jen