Sometimes, you just want results. If you are a lover of sewing, it is beneficial to have a pattern or two that you can sew up within an hour and wear. A finished product is like an energy drink….at least for me.
I would say generally, if you have a whip-it-up-in-an-hours pattern, you are sacrificing detail and (usually) fit. Also, depending on the design, you might be limited on your fabric choice. With the skirt I made, I am limited to highly elastic fabrics; because it’s stretchy I don’t have to worry as much about the fit.
The skirt is semi-flared and knee-length. It is held in place at the waist or lower abdomen by the fabric’s own stretch. So, naturally the fabric needs to be highly elastic with great resilience to add to the life of the skirt. A serger, set up for stretch, is the ideal machine for knocking out this project.
Originally, I made this skirt pattern for myself when I was pregnant, but my sister-in-law wanted one for everyday use. She has worn it so many times that she has asked for a new one.
I made the pattern and cut out the pieces. There are only three pieces: the front & back skirt and the waistband. The first three seams are side seams of the skirt (2 of them) and the center back seam (1) of the waist band.
Once those three seams are stitched, fold the waistband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and pin it to the top of the skirt on the right side. This will be the final seam. It’s important that this seam is on the stretch setting or the threads will pop when you slip it over your waist.
As for the hem, you can choose whichever is most convenient for you. I used my coverstitch machine. I will introduce her on another post because she is my favorite machine (at least for hemming stretch material).