Cold weather currently has the UK in its grip and I’ve been delighted to wear this new make of mine. I’ve sewn a cosy Ponte knit winter maxi skirt based on the Style Arc Indigo which I’ve made twice already here and here
The fabric for my skirt came from My Fabrics. It’s a lovely quality Ponte with a subtle all-over leaf design in muted tones of ochre, brown, burgundy and rust on a black background. The idea behind my make with such an easy-to-sew, stretch fabric was for it to be something long, cosy and warm with an elasticated waist… secret PJs no less!
As I said, my starting point was the Indigo maxi but, to be honest, you probably don’t even need a pattern for this style just a bit of creative flair for the slit shapes.
I omitted the front pleat and pockets from the design and took surplus width out generally around the upper hip and waist area. Being a Ponte knit the fabric itself is stretchy so I was able to get rid of most of the bulk that’s often created by an elasticated waist.
I used the original back slit shapes of the pattern but I added my own spin on the shape of the front slits. At the top of the slit, I’ve extended the fabric out at a right angle and then I’ve gradually angled the outer edge of the slit back in towards the hemline.
I’ve added facings to the slits because the wrong side of the fabric is just plain and I prefer being able to see a little bit of the print peeping out as I walk or sit down
I finished off the top of the slits with ties and d-rings for something a little different and I love how it looks. And finally, for added warmth, it’s all lined with a stretch lining (I kind of wish I had bought a charcoal or a black lining but it doesn’t show on the outside so not to worry).
This is such a warm skirt and worn with thick tights and ankle boots feels stylish too I’m actually wearing it with my blush sweatshirt as I write this and it feels great. It’s extremely comfy and warm too.
I love this make and I didn’t know my winter wardrobe was missing something like it until I made it. Love it when that happens, don’t you?
Thanks for reading!
See you soon.