Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kwik Sew 3672: Knit Skirt

The skirt with the uneven hem attracted me to this pattern but, ha ha, that's not the one I've made (twice). View B is as simple as can be, but nice.

Kwik Sew's description:

FABRICS: Designed for two-way stretch fabrics with 75% stretch.
Suggested Fabrics: Cotton Lycra®, Nylon Lycra®, Rayon Lycra®, swimwear fabrics. Flared skirts fit slightly below waist. View A skirt has low-cut waist in front with lapped waistband and shaped bottom edge. View B skirt has wide waistband.

Not as sporty as the Kwik Sew photos and illustrations when worn with a blouse and heels!

This skirt is short as drafted. Not deceptively so: it's clear to see in the pattern photo. But when I made a first version (in a black lycra swimwear fabric), I found myself adding a circular ruffle to the bottom to increase the length. For this go-round, I added 2 1/2" to the skirt length. I also noticed on my first version that the hem was hanging much higher in the back (due to some...fullness there), so I did a 3/4" full seat adjustment to the back pattern piece for this one. Now it's much more level with much less tugging and adjusting.

Fabricmart was the source for the fabric (as it so often is), a modal/spandex blend of which I bought five yards. It's really a bit thin for a "bottom", but this skirt is destined for swing dancing duty so I thought I'd try it. It's super comfortable. I should have sewed the waistband smaller, though, as the soft fabric has a lot of stretch and I'd prefer it to feel a bit snugger around the waist.

I finished the bottom with an elastic net ruffle trim. It bounced around very satisfyingly during last night's Charleston class. One bohemian fellow I danced with told me my knee socks looked perfect for the kicks.

Here I look more like an Irish step dancer than a flapper, though!


  1. Cute little skirt! I have found myself retrofitting skirts' waistbands with elastic more than once, even wovens. They just don't like to stay in place!

  2. Hi, wow you made imaginative versions of these KS activewear patterns. Great take on their 3115 camisole, and their workout skirt is completely re-envisioned. I really hope you are fully protected from funny Googlers with your Britishisms. If they have untoward interests, they will be an ocean away. Thanks for the full caboose alteration. My husband keeps telling me that my RTW dresses climb up in the back. It's kind of funny to think of the swayback alteration pie piece that I pinch out of a pattern will came back into a garment a little lower down, LOL.