This is the easiest project I’ve worked up in a long time. I picked up this slinky burgundy knit fabric at a thrift store last week for a whopping $0.75 for the one yard piece, along with 3 others at the same bargain.
I usually shy away from large scale prints since I’m a petite 5’2″ and they usually overwhelm my frame. But… I loved the color combination and the Lycra/spandex drape. I knew it was destined to be a skirt.
Once I got the pieces out, though, I realized I wasn’t going to eek it out of the yardage that I had. I tore through my personal stash of about 120 patterns searching for a skirt that would work.
I came up empty handed and even considered donating the fabric back to the thrift store in frustration when it occurred to me that I could use the half circle skirt from another pattern and cut a straight waistband to fit. Being a knit it would have plenty of stretch to work as a flat waistband casing fitted with elastic.
I went straight to my McCall’s 9393A from 1953.
I made this dress up for my sister-in-law’s wedding in June so I had already traced and adjusted it to fit me.
From the time I took the envelope out to finished cutting was less than 5 minutes. Just a half circle and a straight waistband. It sewed up just about as fast. I did almost all of it on my serger. For the hem I serged the raw edge then turned it under and narrow zig-zagged it on my regular machine. Total time under 30 minutes! I’m not usually one for “fast sewing” as I like to take my time to do things right but every now and then it feels great to crank out a quickie project like this one.
For the photos I paired it with my hand knit Girly Top, Take III (click for Ravelry notes) which I completed in June. It’s really a snowy white yarn but I was having some trouble with the lighting in the photos. Though I love this top to death, I think its a little too “heavy” so next time I’ll pair it with my fave black blouse.