The pattern is super easy and a beginner could sew this up quickly. From start to finish it took me about one hour to complete. I did not follow the instructions because there are only two pattern pieces. I simply sewed up both sides, but instead of the elasticized waistband allowed for in the pattern, I chose to use a foldover waistband. I have a couple of RTW knit skirts with that type of waistband and I really like them. To do this, I cut off the pattern at the waist where it allows for a self casing and treated my new fold over waistband just like stretch binding on a t-shirt. I cut a piece of fabric 10" wide and approximately 2" smaller than the total top circumference of the skirt. I sitched together the short ends of the waistband and folded the band in half lengthwise. Then I sewed the waistand to the skirt, raw edges together and I simply fold it over when I wear it.
I've had this knit fabric in my stash for several months. I think I picked it up at Joann's for 50% off during one of their spring sales. It is a very lightweight one-way stretch nylon/lycra knit. I adore the deep purple color. Since I used knit fabric, I didn't do anything special to the seam finishes. I simply used my serger to finish them. If you choose to make this same version with the shaped front hemline as I did, be aware that the inside of the back will be visible. I recommend a fabric such as this where the wrong side is not distinguishable from the right side and I recommend that you plan to finish the seams in some way so you don't have raw edges showing.
|Serged seam and rolled hem|
One word of warning about this pattern - it runs very, very large. I cut an XSM and I still had to take 4" off the waist/hipline. I usually cut a size medium or small. The fabric suggestions on the pattern are for light to medium weight woven and moderate stretch knit fabrics. I'm thinking a woven fabric would not have to be adjusted as much as a knit, but the pattern still runs large.
Have a great sewing week!