{How To} Skirtin’ Around

Now that you know how to “Knock off” your favorite knit skirt, the question is how do you put it together??

No worries, I have you covered!  Like I said, my skirt was super simple.

Knock Off your Favorite Skirt -The Sewing Loft

~Knit fabric

~Front

~Back

&

~Waistband

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

Materials:

  • knock off pattern
  • knit fabric
Tools:
  • Sewing machine (serger or standard)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • double needle

Basic Instructions:**This how to is focused around using a serger. But do not worry- you can use a standard machine set to a stretch stitch.  Refer to your owner’s manual.

  1. To start the process- Pin and cut your pattern.  Remember to line up your grain line.  Cutting the fabric is super important so, please take your time!
  2. To create the waistband: match right sides together; pin and join sides.  *Note that I inserted my label at the side just for kicks!
  3. Match the front and back of skirt with right sides together; stitch side seams.
  4. Fold your waistband in half wrong sides together; match side seams and pin to right side of skirt front & back.  Be sure to pin at each side and evenly distribute any extra fullness.  The waistband should be slightly stretched when stitching to match the skirt.
  5. Hem time- I give my hem a quick spin around the machine for a clean finish. (not needed but a nice touch)  Fold up and press your seam allowance for hem.
  6. Now, the fun part…. You know that envelope with the double needle that you have NEVER used?  Well, grab it and let’s go!  Please check your owner’s manual for double needle set up.  (if you have issues…. leave me a comment.  I will create a post on how to use.  I LOVE it!!) Quick tip- instead of purchasing an extra spool of thread for the double needle set up, I wound an extra bobbin.  Then stitch away.  It is that simple!
How to Make a Knit Skirt- The Sewing Loft
Now, I have 3 skirts based off my original and I think I will make a long one next.  I just love them.
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Comments

  1. What beautiful skirts!! Great colors too!
    Stopping by from the Friday Blog Hop! Hope you can come check our site out too!

    http://www.SweepstakesMama.com

    Shannon,
    Sweepstakes Mama

  2. Great skirt! I really must look into whether or not my machine takes a double needle! I’d love to try that!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  3. where is the pattern?

  4. Yea! These are so cute, I need to try them! Pinning :)

  5. Very cute!!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I’m pinning it. I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime.

  6. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Heather, love these skirts! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  8. Cute & Comfy! I need to search for some fabric ASAP :)

  9. kkrisdan28 says:

    How cute! And I love the bright colors =)

    Visiting from Lil Luna

  10. jeepgirl93 says:

    Love this! I’ve pinned it to my “Sewing” board and would love for you to share on our Creative Corner Blog Hop. It starts on Monday’s and is open all week – http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/05/creative-corner-blog-hop_28.html
    Holly
    http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/

  11. Yay, another project to add to my things to make list! :)
    Found you on The DIY Dreamer!

  12. Way to go Heather!!! Such a wonderful skirt!!!!

  13. I featured this tutorial at Romance on a dime this week!! Feel free to pick up a featured button!!

  14. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  16. Wow, so inspiring! Great to “meet” you and thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again!

  17. great tutorial!!
    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  18. So the only thing you used the double needle for was the hem?? Also, does the waistband fold down? I can’t tell from the picture but it doesn’t seem like it from the instructions. I can’t wait to make one though!

    • Hello Niki,
      Yes, I only used the double needle for the hem. And I made my waistband wide enough to fold down. I love the skirt and seem to be living in them this summer. Keep me posted if you make one!

  19. Jennifer Reyes says:

    Where do you get the pattern? Looks so cute and I just paid $30 for a skirt like that. I would love to make more.

  20. Hello Jennifer,
    I made the pattern. If you are interested in “knocking off” your skirt and creating your own pattern, check out this post. Let me know how you make out!
    ~Heather

  21. Roughly how much material did you have to purchase?

    • To be safe, I picked up 3/4’s of a yard. My skirt was above the knee and I am an average size. You can always bring your pattern piece with you when looking for fabric. This way you are sure to get just the right amount!

  22. how do you sew with a double needle on a regular (non computerized) sewing machine??

    • Hello Monique,
      The double needle set up is the same for all machines. There is no need for a computerized machine. You will just need to use two spools of thread and follow your machine set up. Just check with your manual to see if there are any special tips or tricks for your specific machine.
      ~Heather

  23. Just clarifying, the waist band is slightly smaller than the top of the skirt, correct? That’s what holds it up? Thanks!

    • Hello Dri,
      Yes, the waistband is slightly smaller than the waistline of the skirt. This stretch will keep your skirt in place When on the body. I would love to see/hear about how your skirt turns out!
      ~Heather

  24. Great tutorial! The colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Charissa Sweeting says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your info. I will be making this skirt or rather many of them. Love your work . Thanks again.

  26. I love this skirt. It looks so easy to make and best of all, depending upon your fabric choice, you can dress this one up or dress it down.

  27. where do you get your knit fabric / what kind do you use?

    • Hello Marcle,
      I pick up my knits here and there. I am always on the hunt for fabric. Do you have a local fabric store? I find it best to touch and feel the knit before purchasing.
      ~Heather

      • Yes, I have a joanns but I feel like their knits are either very heavy like athletic type, or too thin like I would have to double up the fabric to ensure its not see through. :) Just thought there was a certain type or weight that you liked. I will just have to try a couple out! Thanks!

  28. I would SO love to have a double needle but I’m not sure it would work in my old sewing machine.

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement GROUP Blog

  29. Pat Graham says:

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  30. Hi Heather, great with the yoga waist, isn’t the skirt comfy? Just for info. I made a pattern using my favorite stuff—-freezer paper—-now when I need a new skirt, I just unfold the pattern… I have it made to my size, length and hem or no hem…love the tutorial………

    • Fantastic Lori! I actually just started to straighten out my patterns this week too. Freezer paper is the best for so many things in our workroom. Would love to see your finished skirt.
      ~Heather

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