I've had a length of doubleknit sitting on my sofa since I started planning for my SWAP last year. I bought it last winter for a jacket and when I had it in my hand I changed my mind. It's black on one side and charcoal grey on the other and it looks a little like denim. I toyed with the idea of making a pair of skinny jeans, but at the last minute today decided to make this skirt.
It's BWOF 05-12-113 and I made version A, the shortest of the three. It's one pattern piece, the same for front and back. Two of the views use a sew on facing, but one version has a cut-on foldover facing and that's what I used. I really is a simple skirt, but with six pleats folding onto each other, it got a little bulky in the doubleknit so keep that in mind if you go to make this skirt. I've graded the seams so it sits neatly now, but it was a struggle to get it under the presser foot. Even in a jersey, it's still a lot of layers.
It doesn't look that good on Vera as it's shaped to fit my curves, not Vera's angles, but I really like the way it looks and feels. I've made this for the sole purpose of sitting in an all day meeting. Once a month I go to Melbourne for a managers' meeting and six hours sitting in one chair can get really uncomfortable. Last month I wore the wide-legged pants I made for my SWAP thinking they'd be loose and comfortable, but they weren't. This skirt should do the trick.
To go with it I made yet another version of my TNT long sleeve tshirt from KS3338. This fabric is leftover from a UFO/wadder that has been in my sewing room for abut 6 years now. It represents my first foray into sewing from vintage patterns so the fit isn't good. I probably need to throw it away, but I love the fabric so I tell myself that one day I will fix it and finish it. In the meantime, I was delighted to realise I had plenty left to make a tshirt. I bought the fabric from Fashionista Fabrics many years ago now and it makes me think of Beardsley prints, although it's nothing like one. It feels a little art nouveau anyway.
Judi asked me about how I finished the neckline on the red and white striped top and I never got around to answering her. I know a lot of people sew knits on the overlocker but I don't like to. I use the stretch stitch on my machine. I sew the binding on to the neckline with the edge of the presser foot lined up with the edge of the fabric (I think it's 4 or 5mm). I then fold the fabric over to the inside using the seam allowance to determine the width. With a twin needle I stitch from the outside with one needle in the ditch and the other needle on the neckline. This gives a clean and simple finish. Sometimes on fabric that has a more casual, sporty feel I stitch with both needles on the binding about 2mm from the seam so both lines of stitching remain visible. I hope this makes sense. I really should have taken pictures - sorry!