Often, my go to work attire consist of a blouse, a snug fitted knit pencil skirt and a pair of flats. It is extremely comfortable and one of those assemble that never goes wrong. However, as much as I love my knit pencil skirts, I actually don’t own that many pairs because a good quality one at an affordable price is hard to find. So I have 2 and I basically wore them to death and now they are looking tired and in need to be replaced.
I wished I had sewed one earlier but I didn’t because I was afraid of sewing knits! I’ve heard some horror stories of how someone’s needle broke while applying too much pressure while sewing knits or how knits can be tricky for beginners. As much as possible I evaded and stayed far away from knits, not until I found this tutorial by Dana of Madeeverday.
I was inspired by her tutorial and at it end of it marvelled at how easy it all looked and thinking “heck! I’m gonna try it, even if I fail”. And that prompted me to dig out this knit fabric from my fabric stash (which was supposed to be for the Coco that I never gotten round to sewing. Yet.) and started work.
The tutorial was easy to follow and simple to understand and most of all I liked how Dana is so light-hearted in her videos. Using my serger, I serged the side seams together, used the overcast stitch on my regular sewing machine for the waistband and a straight stitch for the hem. I’ve come to learn that the overcast stitch is better than the zig-zag stitch and especially great for knit fabric to accommodate the kind of stretch needed. I also learnt how ease my fabric along without stretching it too much yet guiding it along so that it doesn’t go off tangent.
While I definitely took longer than 20 minutes in this first attempt and also didn’t get to line up the stripes of my skirt at the side, I’m mighty please with myself. It requires plenty of practice to get knits right but it isn’t as scary as I’ve first made it out to be. By successfully sewing a knit pencil skirt has just opened plenty of opportunities in my handmade wardrobe and I can’t wait to sew more skirts after a recent knit fabric haul.
I’m ready to take on knits!