The knit story continues. As you know by now from my previous two posts, I rather fell in love with this lovely, fleecy, knit fabric, found at Spotlight for $25.00 per metre (half price). It is a polyester, acrylic and wool blend and such gorgeous colours. I first settled on a knit dress (blogged here) and then decided I wanted a skirt. I cut one from the leftovers from the dress project, but it was really too short. In the meantime, I had decided I wanted a sweater as well, to wear with my plain, boring, black basics. So I had purchased another piece. It dawned on me that if I used Simplicity 1255 which had dropped shoulders, (blogged here). I could cut the sleeves out of the too short skirt. That meant I was only needing to cut the body of the sweater - and in turned meant I had enough for a skirt that was nice and long!
I used a very simple elastic waist skirt pattern, McCall's 6654:
I did not use the sweater knit for the waistband, as it would have been far too bulky, and the skirt is bulky enough already. I also didn't have enough. I found a piece of rib knit in my stash, leftover from something else,so I used that. I use a casing and thread the elastic through that. I prefer this method, because I can adjust the elastic to suit my waistline. I also made the band much wider than specified in the pattern - the elastic suggested was 1/2 inch wide, which is far too narrow for me. I like a wider, firmer elastic, especially for a heavier knit like this. I added a bow at the back so I can easily tell back from front:
I'm afraid that I don't have a good back view, but I am sure you can use your imagination here. And thank goodness I am small - the knitted fabric is quite bulky and gives a rather rounded look, but that's okay - I will be wearing it with a handknit mohair sweater, which also adds some volume.
Oh, and I can also wear it with the sweater, to make another dress!
Which will be handy if I go away in winter, because I can take sweater and skirt, plus a black mohair sweater, plus black pants and woolly skirt, and have a warm capsule wardrobe.
Now, I have nearly finished the sweater knit - but I managed to squeeze one more garment out of the leftovers. With a bit of help from a remnant of black tracksuit fleecy.
So I shall continue the knit story next week...