I haven’t always enjoyed wearing skirts. In school, I was required to wear a uniform that until the year after I graduated, meant skirts only for girls. It wasn’t until nearly the end of my college days that I started adding skirt back into my wardrobe. As it is now, I find I am more comfortable in a skirt or dress than pants of any type.
A skirt can change my perception of who I am. I can pull on a denim mini skirt and feel young and carefree. A knee-length patterned skirt gives me a flirty feeling. When I slip into a pencil or straight skirt, I am ready to be serious (I don’t wear those often)! Even changing the fabric can change the mood of a skirt.
This skirt is just plain fun! The changing directions of the stripes provides the fun attitude. While the use of jersey knit makes it comfortable to wear all day. I found the pattern and directions over at Pretty Ditty. She provides a nice little printable to follow in making the pattern.
To cut out my pieces, I cut out the little pieces from the printable. I used the little pieces to make sure I got the angles correct on each piece. I used the measurements given to make the pieces the correct sizes. I used a meter stick and chalk to mark out my pieces. As for sizing. I am currently about a size 12. I added a couple of inches, but then had to take the skirt in back to the pattern measurements.
The fabric I used was in a big tube, so I had to be a little bit creative when it came down to the bottom of the skirt. I did my best to complete the skirt using the striped fabric, but didn’t quite make it. I wore it with the uneven seam a few times, but didn’t exactly like how it looked.
To finish off the bottom of the skirt, I picked up a bit of white knit fabric. I couldn’t find a blue to match. Rather than trying to piece together the white to fit into what I had already done, I lopped off the bottom bit, making and even, angled edge. I cut the white to match the edge and sewed it in. I also used my serger to finish the edge of the skirt.
I will make this skirt again, it is quite comfortable to wear. Though next time I’d like to make it a bit longer.