I seem to be on a roll lately with projects that are both stylish and comfortable my latest ribbed knit midi skirt is pretty much secret PJs plus it just happens to be a style that’s really on-trend right now (though in my opinion, this silhouette is a classic).
I’ve made a similar skirt before in charcoal grey which was my own design and I’ve also made a woven midi using a Fibre Mood pattern. This skirt really is is quite simple to make so let’s dive into the details…
How I Made My Ribbed Knit Midi Skirt
First off, I’ll tell you about the fabric which is a melange knit in polyester viscose and elastane blend from Calico Lane Fabrics. It has a really nice, slightly silky handle and as soon as I saw it my eyes went straight to the lovely fringed selvedges and I just knew I had to incorporate them into my design somehow.
To cut out my skirt I used my existing charcoal one as a guide (this is cutting out freestyle folks!) I simply took rough measurements and started off by cutting front and back rectangles, each with some fringed selvedge down one side.
Next, I cut out two long strips of fabric about 4 inches wide going across the width because I wanted to play with the rib direction in my design. The two narrow ribbed strips were sewn together through the middle leaving them open for about 12 inches to allow for a side slit then I gently press the seams open. Lastly, I overlocked the edges on either side.
Now the fun bit…I laid the lovely fringed edges of front and back pieces over the top of the overlocked edges of the narrow strip and I stitched close to the fringing. I actually did this part all by hand so that I could have greater control and accuracy.
So now I have one large piece of fabric with a rib section in the middle and most of the hard work is done at this point. To finish my skirt off, I adjusted the fit at the second side seam and overlocked it together. Finally, I turned 2 inches over at the top to make a channel for elastic. (I always prefer to use Hemline Sport Elastic which I get from Sew Essential) and then I hemmed it. Oh, and don’t forget to do some vertical rows of stitching through all the layers of the waistband at the sides and the centre front and back because this stops the elastic from rolling over when you pull on the skirt.
And there you have it. I told you it was a simple make and pretty quick too. I’ve styled mine with boots and a knit top, but it would look great with a chunky sweater. It would look great with ankle boots or chunky loafers and a blouse…
I hope you enjoyed this make and I’ll be back with you soon to share more creations 🙂
See you soon!
I really like the effect the change of direction in the rib makes; very sporty!
Thanks, Catherine! Yeah, it just adds a bit of interest.