One thing you can count on with me, is that if it’s a fast, easy sew, practical, and cute…I will probably sew it…a lot.
And sometimes, I will ignore my huge to do list and take a break to sew that fast easy project, just because.
Sometimes, when I am in the middle of something complicated or frustrating, it’s nice to just sew something simple from start to finish, to keep my spirits up. Do you ever do that? It works like a charm and keeps me going when I feel like swearing off sewing for a while.
They were just the sewing fix I needed when I was having a mini sewing crisis. I zipped over to Jo-Ann, grabbed the fabric and by the end of the nap time (which is getting shorter and shorter these days!) I had two knit pencil skirts ready to go!
I used my Pleated Pencil Skirt Pattern and THIS tutorial to get a nice fitted skirt.
I decided to experiment with the types of knits I used this time…with mixed results. The black skirt is a polyester knit, so it washes and wears well, but…no ironing… I wanted so badly to press my seams, and I supposed I could have used a press cloth, but after these pictures and after a few trips through the washer and dryer, they have relaxed on their own.
The gray knit is a knit suede..oooh, right? That’s what I thought when I picked it up. It is SO soft and smooth. It was a little trickier to sew and cannot be ironed either. It also has much less stretch. I would say I learned quite a lot about stretch suede that I didn’t know before, with this project. 😉
I found quickly, in this photo shoot that it would also do well to wear a slip underneath. So, if you decide to sew with stretch suede, maybe include a lining? Oh yes, and it needs to be hand washed! Yeah…it’s a bit high maintenance. Sheesh. Sticky, tricky stuff, but such a pretty fabric.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with my new skirts and I’m excited to dress them up for Fall! They go so well with a pair of good boots and a sweater.
I’m a shortie, so I like my boots to have a heel. I love these leather boots from Sole Society. They are genuine leather and are really comfortable for having a heel! I have been wearing them a lot since Fall is full swing here in Washington.
SOURCES: Fabric – both from Jo-Ann
Pattern: HERE and Pattern Re-Mix Tutorial – HERE
Statement necklace c/o Sole Society
Black top, gray sweater – Old Navy
*Sole Society provided me with the boots and necklace, but all opinions expressed in this post are genuine, honest, and my own!
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Everything about your outfits and the cute skirts! I think I will need to try to sew one of these! Love your sewing/pattern input!
Aw. Thanks Anne!
Kristi Andres says
I love the skirts and I’m so glad you’ve joined us in WA. I might be biased because I’ve lived here all my life, but I love it!
Thanks Kristi! I don’t fault you for being biased. We love it here too! 🙂
Stretch suede? Now that sounds interesting! I hate it when I can’t press a fabric too… although I admit that on quilting cottons sometimes I just finger-press everything until I get to the hems.
I know! It’s tricky stuff but yes, really interesting. I just had to get it just for curiosity’s sake.
oh, I want to sew this right away! Gorgeous!!
Easy going and smart at the same time. Perfect combination 🙂
Amy Hindman says
I need to make some of these! Maybe if I look nice I’ll have the motivation to pack everyone up and leave the house 🙂
You have such a way with mixing patterns/colours/materials. You should do a post on how you put together outfits! Gorgeous as usual!
You are so kind! Thanks Jen. 🙂
I just love your site. It so inspires me…for many reasons. I love your photography and all that fills the pages. I am a crocheter and not a sewer. I was wondering-I love these skirts above. Do you sell them? Could I purchase one from you? Thanks a bunch! Hope you and your family are well:)
Thank you! That means so much. I wish I had time to sell the skirts, but I just don’t right now with three young kids at home. So sorry!
Totally understand! I have two kids under 5 and one on the way. If you ever do decide to sell them I will be first in line:)