I saw this simple knit skirt tutorial on the blog I am Momma Hear Me Roar and just had to make one for myself.  It turned out great and now I want to make many more.

Skirt shown with waistband folded down.

Skirt shown with waistband folded down.

I did a few things differently:

1. Cut waistband wider, so it finishes to 6″.  The cut piece measured 13″ tall, folded in half to 6 1/2″, 1/2″ for seam allowance.

2. I only had one yard of fabric on hand, so I cut the skirt piece the length I wanted, plus seam allowance (20″) by the entire width of the fabric.  Then trimmed off the selvages.  My skirt piece isn’t as full and doesn’t have as many gathers.

3. I didn’t want the raw edge to show at the waistband/skirt join, so I just put them right sides together and sewed them together on the wrong side.

4. I hemmed mine on my serger using a rolled hem.

Overall this skirt took about 1 hour to make from cutting to finished product.  If you are new to the world of sewing with knit fabric then this would be a good first project.  Just to be clear, you don’t need a serger when working with knits (they are very handy), but you do need to have zigzag capabilities on your regular sewing machine.

 

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Sewing with knits tips:

1. Always use the correct needle when sewing with knits, you will either need to use a ballpoint needle or one  that is labeled stretch!  If you are using a serger, then you need to change those needles also.  Believe me on this.  Universal or sharp point needles cut the fibers of the knit fabric which will create holes in knit fabric, making what you have sewn unwearable.  The ballpoint or stretch needles will not cut the fibers of the knit fabric, so no holes.

2. TEST, TEST, TEST your stitching on scraps before sewing your project.  Try out different zigzag settings to see what works for the fabric you are using.  Make sure the stitching stretches about as much as the fabric, on any seam that goes around your body.  So on this project you really must make sure that the waistband/skirt join does stretch enough to go around your hips.  Also, if your machine has specific stitches for working with knit fabrics you will want to test the settings for each of the different stitches you will be using, you may need to adjust the tension/stitch length/stitch width to get something that works.  Refer to your manual for the basic settings and go from there.

Close up of rolled edge done on my serger.

Close up of rolled edge done on my serger.