A quickie


I’ve been starting a lot of projects but not finishing much. /sigh. Never a good sign. But when this scrap of knit jacquard (can knits be jacquards?) threw itself in my path last week, I thought that maybe it would be something quick enough that I could actually get it out. It was a piece as-is, a cut barely over half a metre, but it had the most gorgeous roses pattern, and it obviously needed to be the world’s simplest knit skirt.

Simple knit skirt.

Simple knit skirt.

It didn’t end up being quite as simple as I might have liked. The wider feature of the roses wasn’t centred on the panel, but I wanted it centred on the skirt—I figured I’d cut the panel so the roses were centred, with a single seam at the back. As it turned out, this wasn’t quite wide enough, so I had to add a narrow panel to the back. We’ll call it a feature.


I took the opportunity to use a bit of snuggly-soft grey elastic I’ve been hoarding as an exposed waistband. Possibly black would’ve been a better choice as the grey is a bit lighter than the charcoal in the skirt, but I think it works, and it’s every bit as comfy and snuggly as I had hoped it would be.



Since it’s visible, I didn’t just want to overlap my elastic; so I sewed it right-sides together and then topstitched the seam allowances down to the sides to flatten them. This may not have been the cleanest way to finish the waistband, but it’s serviceable, and it won’t likely be seen often anyway.

I used Steam-a-Seam in the hem and finished it off by hand with catch-stitches for lots of stretch. And that’s about as complicated as even I can make a simple knit skirt.


It’s almost nice enough to make me excited for fall…



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18 responses to “A quickie

  1. Very nice indeed. Simple is ever bad!

  2. Good call. That skirt is simple but packs a punch visually. It’s lovely. The roses are gorgeous.

  3. Carolyn

    Love this! What a great use of a remnant!

  4. gilliancrafts

    It’s lovely!
    Do you have stores called Len’s Mills out west? They carry that exact elastic in white, grey and black, so if you ever want a bunch of it shipped to you, let me know! I use it for underwear for my husband, and it’s so nice!

    • Oh, cool! Fabricland actually carries it right now (for how long, who knows?) in several colours—but I only got a metre of black and of grey because I’m boring. πŸ˜‰ only the one width though. It would be great for underwear elastic!

    • You know my new house is 1.9 km from the Cambridge Len’s Mills, that is dangerous information that they stock that elastic in multiple colours…

      And the skirt is FANTASTIC. Absolutely adorable and quirky and awesome.

  5. roary

    I love this and it looks gorgeous on you.

  6. Such a fun skirt! And to answer your question, yes, jacquards can be knits too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacquard_weaving

  7. Ann M.

    Your skirt is lovely!

  8. That skirt is awesome! I can’t ever get anything out of a full yard of fabric, (let alone half!) that fits me, so I’d have just hoarded this piece forever. πŸ˜‰ Glad you made such a beautiful use of it! πŸ™‚

  9. Wow, it looks fabulous on you! How did you ever find that gorgeous fabric?

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