Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A quick knit skirt that packs some punch!

I bought this remnant from JoMars when I was on the great fabric shopping trip with Shams, Peggy and Noile earlier this year.  It was just a scrap that I found on the table across from the cutting table where I was rooting around while waiting for my fabric to be cut.  I thought it would make a great top and I totally forgot about it until I found it mixed amongst the lace trimmings that I bought yards and yards of  during the trip.


Seriously this took about an hour and a half to sew up and only that long because I got it into my head to add a tricot lining to the knit.  You know me...if it needs to be complicated count on me to complicate it up!  *LOL*

Stats:

Fabric:
Knit Remnant that's kinda embossed

Notions:
1 yard of 1" non roll elastic
Tricot knit lining

Construction:
Baste the lining fabric to the knit. 
Serge finish the edges. 
Sew the back seam and press it open. 
Press down a 1.5" casing for the elastic. 
Thread the elastic through the casing and smooth it out. 
Finish off the casing seam. 
Done!  Try on skirt! 
Oh and I didn't bother to hem it.  It has the serged edge and you can't even tell...the stripes hide the finishing or lack of one!

This skirt was so quick and easy and packed such a punch!  Even my daughters loved it...especially the younger one who rarely likes what I make. She's 21 and funky & edgy in what she wears.

...another front view...


...a back view...


...a view of the skirt on the hanger...


I love how this works and from a remnant piece of fabric too!

...as always more later!

51 comments:

  1. Love your skirt. I have a few knit skirts in my wardrobe like yours that I wear all the time. Sometimes the quick and easy things are the best.

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  2. Love the skirt! Just happened upon your blog via this post and I love so many of the dresses you've made, I wish I had your talent.

    But those pointy little peep toes look so painful, it makes me wince! I would love to see you wearing a chunkier heel, I think they look awesome. Sorry if that comes out as insulting your taste, because that's the last thing I want to do, I just look at shoes that like and my own feet ache, lol!

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  3. Beautiful fabric and what an instant gratification...Really love the skirt

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  4. I love this skirt. I would not ever have thought about using the stripes horizontal, but it looks great! Love it when an inspiration comes together!
    I just culled a bunch of the blogs from my Google reader, it is so hard not to have too much time sucked down the computer, but your posts are always some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. You know, horizontal stripes are supposed to be one our enemies but throw out that rulebook because this skirt looks great and is incredibly slimming! Who knew! :-)

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  6. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! Fabulous little skirt and it looks great on you.

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  7. I remember this! Debbie is right, that skirt is SO slimming! What a great outfit!

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  8. Great skirt, great outfit. You have a excellent eye for matching fabric with a pattern.

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  9. This is a great result from a remnant of fabric and a couple of hours sewing, I love it!

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  10. What a triumph! It is very flattering and pretty. I can imagine lots of different ways to wear it. It was easy to make and made out scraps practically! Love it.

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  11. Fabulous! And such a bonus to be able to get it from a remnant piece of fabric.

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  12. Nice, Carolyn!! Hey that tricot lining is worth the extra effort. When I am in a rush, I skip that step and wear a slip. Now, I am finding out that my slip causes static cling - but my tricot lined dresses don't have that problem at all. I guess it's that particular slip, but it is maddening!

    Great skirt!

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  13. That is just the perfect use for that fabric! Love it.

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  14. Really like this fabric and it is perfect for this skirt.

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  15. I love that you dove right into horizontal stripes. They look fabulous! Who makes up those crazy rules anyway?

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  16. Great skirt! That pencil shape looks great on you.

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  17. That is such a cute skirt.

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  18. Wow . . . whoever said that horizontal stripes aren't slimming was totally wrong in this case . . . this skirt is very cute and very flattering!!!

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  19. You look SO VERY awesome in that!

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  20. I don't know why, but I think I have never seen you look prettier and fresher than in this outfit. You look radiant. You took MAHVELOUS!!

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  21. Really lovely skirt, and you look great in it.

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  22. Bah, I've always heard that horizontal lines aren't flattering on a plus body, but that's obviously a myth! Your skirt looks wonderful.

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  23. Cute skirt. You find some the best fabric. Even in remnants. :)

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  24. Love it! Great fabric find. I had to laugh about your girls not liking what you sew. I hear it from mine all the time!

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  25. I love this!! Your daughter is right..it is a great fresh look on you!

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  26. What a great skirt. I love how you take that 'no horizontal stripes' rule and drop kick it right out of the park. Way to go!

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  27. Oh, I WANT one! Nice instant gratification project. Looks fab and fresh on you.

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  28. Great skirt! I love it when an easy, off-the-cuff project turns out to be a high-impact piece.

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  29. What a genius use of a remnant! Fast and fabulous - an unbeatable combination. It is very flattering and looks very modern and expensive. I bet you'll wear this one a lot.

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  30. Love, love, love! Fabulous and flattering. Well done, again.

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  31. I love it! It's very flattering. Another home run!

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  32. Love your skirt. The fabric is beautiful!

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  33. Love the skirt! What a great remnant to find.

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  34. I think it's great! Fun, quick and just right for in between projects.

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  35. Lovely!!! I can never go wrong with knits!!! I am a huge fan.

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  36. Double bonus, getting a great skirt out of a remnant! You are stylin'.

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  37. Great skirt! What a nice way to use a remnant. Plus that print really is an attention-getter:)

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  38. Very cute!!!

    Nice separate to add to your wardrobe. You look terrific in this ;-)

    Lynda in LV

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  39. I love that on you! Great job!

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  40. Your skirt looks beautiful and very flattering. What an instant gratification!

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  41. That's a very pretty outfit. Love that skirt!

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  42. Looks awesome!!! Beautiful print, what a nice way to use a remanant.

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  43. Wow - you sure know how to make a rectangle and elastic classy!

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  44. WOW ! This is my favourite garment that you have made. My second is the Vogue SWAP jacket.
    You look so slim,tall and modern. I can't believe it is a remnant. It makes me want to try to sew a skirt !
    Thank you for all your generous sharing, Aileen in Nova Scotia

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  45. Carolyn :
    Could you please let me know the pattern that you use for your TNT pants. I would love to be able to make myself a pair. Also have you sourced the special elastic that was recommended by Nancy Z.

    Thank you !!! Sewing Goddess :))

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  46. That is an incredibly flattering skirt! The whole outfit is fab!

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  47. You placed the dark bands in this skirt absolutely perfectly, Carolyn. They emphasize the narrower portions of your curves and make you look sizzlin'. You should wear this skirt every other day. :)

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  48. Great summer sewing and a good reminder that style doesn't have to be difficult.

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