I loved the look of the skirt on the model of the recent release from the McCall’s Learn To Sew For Fun pattern line, M7386. I like maxi skirts and dresses but don’t wear the ones I have very often, so I decided to make the shorter view of the skirt, view C. Maybe all that fabric is just too too hot for summer. I sized down to the XS. I’m more like a small or small/medium but this pattern has way too much ease for a fitted knit skirt. Actual XS girls will need to grade it down.
This fabric is too stiff for this design and it juts out at the sides instead of draping nicely. My mistake was adding interfacing to the hem allowance, making the skirt stick out in an odd way.. I read on several forums that that reinforcing the hem on knits can help give a neater coverstitch. I tried both Stitch Witchery and knit interfacing on the last two projects and while my coverstitcher, a Janome 1000 CPX behaved well with no skipped stitches, I don’t like the stiffness I have at the hems. I may try Stitch Witchery Lite next time. If not, it’s back to the drawing board.
Interfacing the hem to make coverstitching easier only made the sticking out of it worse. I like the look of the short and long dresses, so while I’m not thrilled with this skirt, I may give this pattern another go. It just goes to show how important it is to choose the right fabric for each project. I considered taking in the bottom but just the thought of unpicking the interfaced then coverstitched hem made me tired. This skirt only took an hour, and it’s comfy, so I’ll just leave it as is.
The T shirt was a cheapie thing I bought at Wal Mart to sleep in. I cut a few inches off of it to make it more cropped to go with this skirt, then used the cover stitch to hem it. Ever since getting better at this coverstitch, I can’t stop hemming things! I’m loving cropped tops lately, but I’m a little too old for those really short ones. No tummy flashes for this mom of four, thank you very much!