I don’t know about you but right I feel a bit like the ‘Energizer bunny’ when his battery is starting to run down. It’s a sure sign that I need a break over Christmas, so with that in mind, today I just have a quick make to show you in the form of an easy DIY sweater-knit midi skirt made from some fabric that was leftover from this cardigan. The marled charcoal fabric seems to have a touch of wool in the blend and it was an absolute steal at about £2.50 from Birmingham Rag Market.
I was inspired to make this design when I was watching some fashion vloggers on Youtube and one of them was wearing this particular one by Nu In. and I think I’ve made a pretty good dupe for it 🙂
Making My Easy DIY Sweater Knit Midi Skirt
So as I said this was an easy make and it really is. I started off with two rectangles measuring the length I wanted plus enough to turn over at the waist for elastic and to turn up at the bottom for the hem. I tapered in towards the hemline and a little bit in towards the waistline for some added shape (bear in mind that the waist has to stretch over my hips so I was careful not to taper in too much at the top).
As I was cutting out, I thought how nice would it be to play with the directions of the ribbing on the fabric, so I cut a 5-inch wide strip with the ribs going horizontally down it. This strip would be folded in half to create a finished width of 2 inches.
Next, I trimmed 2 inches off the left-hand side of the skirt front and then stitched on the side piece using my overlocker. Then I basted a line down the middle of the added side piece and stitched the back of the skirt along the basting line leaving a slit opening towards the hem.
As you can see on the inside I folded back the rest of the extension and stitched it along on the inside where it was attached. I also stitched the other side of the slit edge and finished off with a machine-sewn hem.
For the waist, I simply folded the top down stitched it along and threaded elastic through. I like to use Hemline Sport Elastic because it’s nice and soft. I can’t stand firm elastic around my mid-section.
All, in all, this only took me a couple of hours to make, but I love the end result. After my recent skirt post where I said I wasn’t keen at all on the style that I’d sewn I have to say that this slim silhouette feels so much more ‘me’ I have a Summery jersey skirt which is a similar style that I love to wear a lot so I think this new one will get a lot more love from me.
This is truly a comfy skirt and I suspect with its nice elasticated waist it will come in handy when I’m stuffing Christmas goodies in my face and relaxing on the sofa with family. Talk about secret pj’s!
(I’m adding this skirt to the link-up party for December held by Stefanie of Sea Of Teal. December’s theme is cozy and I think my skirt fits the bill. Here is Stefanie’s cozy blog post)
Well, this will be my last post before Christmas so I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for always stopping by at my little corner of the internet to read and support my blog. It means the world to me.
I know that for most people this will be a very different and possibly a very difficult holiday period but I hope you manage to make it as good as you can and perhaps take gratitude in the small things (its all we can do eh?). Let’s hope for a better 2021.
Take care, stay well and I’ll see you in the New Year xxx
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