Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Color {Block} Maxi Skirt

I LOVE the maxi skirt! (You can probably tell how much because of the caps/bold/underline of the word love.) It is impossible to quantify just how much I love this clothing item. Seriously, I know of no other article of clothing that is as comfortable as yoga pants or sweatpants, yet so much more acceptable to wear outside of the house! I bought one last summer on sale and I have never looked back.

This summer, in general has been the summer of skirts for me, so after buying a ton of fun knit fabric from one of our local fabric stores, I set out to make myself some new maxi skirts.

I was just going to go with simple, one color skirts at first, but some fun patterned fabric caught my eye at the store and got me thinking. I knew I wanted to use the patterned fabric along with a solid color, but I didn't want to do traditional color blocking. I am very short so I was worried that it would cut me in half and make me even shorter, yikes!

Then I saw this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, using striped fabric fabric and a diagonal layout and inspiration struck.

I bought 3 coordinating fabrics, 2 different solid blues and my wacky patterned fabric.

Then I made a pattern for the skirt using the maxi skirt I already have. Once I had the whole skirt traced and cut out, I drew 2 diagonal lines at different heights and lengths across the pattern. There was no measuring or math involved, I just eyeballed it and drew 2 lines that gave me shapes that I liked.  Then, I made notch marks through the lines on my pattern, numbered them and cut it apart.

I chose the light blue to do the upper panel and the waist band of the skirt. (To make the waistband, I used this fantastic tutorial from Sew Much Ado.) Then, using pattern piece #1, I cut out a front and a back from the light blue fabric, transferring my notch marks onto the wrong side of the fabric.

Having some kind of marks to match up is super important because knit is stretchy, and since I was going to sew it on the diagonal (bias), I wanted to make sure that I didn't stretch it out as I went. Then I did the same for the dark blue fabric, and the patterned fabric, pieces #2 and #3.

Then, beginning with the light blue piece (the largest) I sewed the 3 pieces together, being careful not to stretch the fabric as I sewed and serged it. *Note, it's not necessary to serge knit fabric because it doesn't fray, so if you don't have a serger, just sew the pieces together.* 


Once all the pieces were together, I had a skirt front and back. I sewed the side seams together, and added the waistband. Then I tried it on before hemming to double check the length.


I don't know that this truly qualifies as color block, but I really love how it turned out, and of course it's a maxi skirt, and I think we all know how I feel about them! The extra bonus with this skirt is that even with the piecing, this is still a make it tonight, wear it tomorrow project, another one of my favorite things. It could also be an excellent project to use up scraps, for you or any little girls who like long skirts.

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