sewing a summer skirt

Finding the right skirt is tricky – too short, too long, too sheer, too stiff, the list goes on and on. Discovering a perfect ready-to-wear skirt is like winning the jackpot for me. I like my skirts flowy but not frumpy (see my Pinterest board for what I mean)

handmade clothing: jersey skirt | little home by hand blog

Not suprisingly I decided that this summer I was going to make a few jersey skirts for myself. Jersey is such a great material to work with once you’ve gotten to know your serger.
This skirt is based off the Colette Moneta Dress pattern with a self-drafted rectangular waistband. The fabric is a medium weight jersey, the same one I used for my green Moneta dress.

You can always just use a rectangular piece of jersey too – just sew both pieces together, gather at the waist (I used elastic) and attach a waistband the way you would attach a neckband or cuffs on a regular jersey top (the Grainline Linden pattern has good instructions for this).
handmade clothing: jersey skirt | little home by hand blog
Voilà, a drapey skirt with just the right length. The waistband is a tiny bit too big but it doesn’t bother me enough to take it apart again.

Also sporting my new handbag in this picture – every time I am in Italy I end up buying a leather handbag at Avorio, whose factory is just down the road from my friends’. I only own three handbags total (keeping it simple – one for summer, one for winter and a big one), all of them from this same italian brand. In that way I am probably the least girly girl ever – using more than one handbag at a time just seems like a lot of hassle to me. Who wants to keep moving all their stuff from one bag to the next every day? Anyone else following a strict one bag policy?

14 thoughts on “sewing a summer skirt

  1. lucyannluna

    Love your skirt. I also only really have a winter bag ( smaller & oil cloth, which matches my large school books bag, ) & a much larger Sumer messenger bag, to Cary all the summer stuff I need,sun glasses, eye drops & hay fever tablets ( strong cotton , pale fabric) both bags are from Cath Kidtson. I hate keep changing bags. I do have some shoe & matching bags from irregular choice for going out in the evening/ special occasions. Personally I can not see why people need to keep changing there hand bag all the time.

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  2. eliseandlife1

    Love your skirt. I know what you mean about finding the right style, it’s a long search! I only have one everyday handbag – I never knew some people changed them every day until I started reading blogs! I’m so terribly fussy about bags that when I find one I like, I use it for years. Your bag is great, it’s always nice to find a perfect brand🙂

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    1. Kristina Post author

      I use my bags for years as well, as long as they still look ok and the zipper works. I always go for classic shapes that go with any outfit, one less thing to worry about in the morning😉

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  3. Ally Ebdon

    I really love this skirt! I’ve made a couple of circle skirts in cotton before and have just been pretty dissatisfied with the drape. I think mainly they end up looking quite bulky on me? Reading through your blog I saw you had made skirts out of both cotton and jersey. How do they compare for you? I’d be really interested in your advice because I can’t quite decide whether I’m just using the wrong material or circle skirts just aren’t for me.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Hi Ally, I think with cotton it’s very important to pick the right fabric – quilting cotton for example is too stiff and will not drape well. It’s quite hard to find flowy cotton fabric that drapes well. Also circle skirts use a lot of fabric which may also be the reason it doesn’t look as flowy as you imagined. If you like the general look of circle skirts you can try half or quarter circle skirts – less fabric and likely more drape.
      This skirt I made is not a circle skirt mind!

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