Rosy’s Freja skirt!
This icy blue sweater knit is wonderful! It is sparkly but not itchy on the skin. Its a soft but stable fabric and is oh so delightful to wear! I have worn this skirt so much; its perfect for working from home as it’s smart and looks nice with lots of tops and jumpers, but it’s also super comfy and cosy!
I originally wanted to make a circle skirt, but soon realised that would take too much fabric, so I decided that a simple a-line style would be a great choice for this fabric. Its quite thick, so I didn’t want anything with darts, pockets or extra embellishments but try as I might, I couldn’t think of any patterns that would fit the bill. Then I remembered an a-line skirt pattern that might work. The Freja pinafore and skirt from Simply Sewing magazine. Its an a-line shape for woven fabrics that doesn’t use any darts. The only problem was that the Freja is a knee length pattern. So I pulled out my Swedish tracing paper and set about lengthening it by 10 inches! If you want to do something similar, but don’t have a suitable sewing pattern, you could trace a ready made skirt. Don’t forget to add seam allowances and to reduce the size of pieces if you’re tracing a woven skirt for use with a knit fabric.
Once the pattern pieces were cut and ready, it was super easy to put the skirt together as it is only 3 pattern pieces…a front, back and waistband! However, I was concerned that when I hemmed the bottom, the fabric would ripple or pucker. So, a friend suggested that I use more of the, ever so useful, Swedish tracing paper over the top of the fabric when I stitch. I followed her advice and Hey Presto! I had a beautifully smooth and flat hem!
I’m super duper pleased with my special sparkly skirt and it only took me a couple of hours to complete, so was a quick but satisfying project too!