Lisette is a knit pull-on skirt that relies on negative ease for the shaping (i.e. it doesn’t have darts, and fits snuggly!) I’d love to try the angled version in stripes!
This time though, I knew what I wanted: A fitted skirt to go with my new Sewcialists tee!
The Sewcialists reboot turned 1 this month, and in celebration we created and shared files for printable fabric transfers! I put mine on a Tuesday Stitches Ultraviolet tee, which is a cropped tee with a deep curved hem. I knew it needed something high-waisted underneath, and this pencil skirt was perfect! (BTW, this is my 3rd Ultraviolet (1, 2) – it’s surprising me by becoming a TNT!)
I muslined the skirt in ponte, and as soon as I’d cut out the pattern pieces, it was clear the skirt was going to be TIGHT! In my recommended size, it’s skintight, and shows my lumpy bits from all angle! Instead, I followed Itch To Stitch’s excellent tutorial on how to measure for a pencil skirt. I won’t even explain how it works – just go look at her pictures and it will make sense to anyone with a curvy belly and a big butt!
In the end, this version has about 5 more inches of ease than drafted, and it’s just right for me. No pulling anywhere, and it hangs nice and straight! I ended up ripping off my waistband and adding darts so that the back sits smooth. The elastic waistband is designed to flip to the inside, but I did exposed elastic for a belt effect!
Are you ready to talk about FABRIC? (*Shimmies and waggles eyebrows*)
It’s two fabrics!!!!
Underneath is the same ITY I just used for my Jalie Mimosa tee, and on top is a great laser-cut scuba that I ordered online from Club Tissus in Quebec. The scuba had a solid border at the selvedge, so that’s what I used as my hem. The ITY hem is just left raw, so it was an easy sew! The two skirts are cut in the same size, then attached at the waistband.
I nearly put a solid black lining in, but I’m so glad I went with the print instead. From a distance, it’s clearly a floral, but from close up it just shows a glimpse of colour. I like the way it goes with the colourful Sewcialists logo, and makes a simple skirt more fun!
(I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I almost never sew skirts. I don’t like having to find a matching top! Dresses are so much easier!)
I hope that review is helpful – basically, good pattern and I love my finished skirt, but consider sizing up or adding some ease! I’m really hoping we get lots of people making their own Sewcialists swag. Now that I’ve finished blogging mine, I’m looking forward to wearing it more and seeing how the transfer holds up through wash and wear. So far, so good!
Now that I’ve blogged 3 Jalie projects in a row, I’m switching to Closet Case Files… I’ve got 2 pairs of Sashas from May, 2 Netties, and the new Fiona dress to share! I also have a handful of things to sew for family, so I”m glad that summer vacation is starting soon!