I love maxi skirts and dresses. Unfortunately being only 5 feet tall, most don’t look that great on me as they tend to be too long or seem too flowy and overwhelm my small size. The style of long skirts that I feel like I could pull off, basic jersey knit skirts that hang straight down without any volume, are usually not available in petite sizes, or are already sold out in my size. Since I can’t seem to find what I want through retailers, I decided I would try to make my own maxi skirt.
During one of many trips to the fabric store, I noticed they had a selection of jersey fabrics. Luckily, I happened to pop into the store during a sale, and was able to get 3 meters of grey jersey knit for 65% off. Browsing online for skirt patterns, I settled on McCall pattern #M7386. I like the basic style of this skirt, and since this is a part of the Learn to Sew for Fun collection, I figured it would be an easy pattern, which is a good thing, since this is my first time sewing with a stretchy fabric.
I started off tracing the two pattern pieces I needed using Burda tissue paper, and then pinned the traced pattern to my fabric and cut out each piece. This pattern only has three pieces, not including the elastic, one front piece and two back. Once the fabric was cut out, the skirt only required sewing a centre seam down the back, and then the side seams to join the front to the back. Once the skirt is assembled, an elastic is sewn into the waist, and the bottom of the skirt is hemmed. Super easy.
I would probably make this skirt again in a different colour. During the fabric sale when I bought the grey jersey, I also bought 3 meters of jersey in a pink stripe, which would also make a great skirt. The only thing I would consider changing, if I were to make another one of these skirts, is to pin the back of the skirt on the fold of the fabric, so that it is cut in one piece and doesn’t require a seam down the centre of the back of the skirt. I also consider use my walking foot when working with a fabric like jersey, as my seams could have been a little better, and from reading other websites, a walking foot can help keep knits from stretching out of shape while sewing.
I’m loving this skirt. It is really comfortable, and it fits me great. I could easily throw this skirt on to run errands on the weekend, or to simply just hang around the house. Not bad for a skirt I made myself, with a comparable cost of buying something in a store.