I know I’ve been talking about posting more frequently around these parts, but that hasn’t seemed to happen, has it? One of the reasons is that I’ve been working on some secret sewing. While I love pattern testing, one of the downfalls is that I can’t share my new pretties right away!
When Megan decided to release Axel this week, I did a little happy dance inside because that meant I could FINALLY show you the killer blue skirt I talked about in this post months ago. This is one of my “going out” skirts. While I haven’t worn it a ton (because I don’t go out partying all that much) it’s definitely filled a gap in my wardrobe.
Let’s talk about details, shall we?
I made this up in a size small in scuba knit from Britex. (It’s the same fabric Sophie used here, and it’s glorious, btw.) It’s pretty stable and stretchy and has magical print placement opportunities. Sophie immediately recognized it on instagram a while back, but I’ll be honest, if I used a different part of the fabric, this skirt would look like it was cut from a different fabric altogether.
This skirt is TIGHT. Like don’t eat that extra slice of cake tight. Make sure you’ve got appropriate undergarments on tight. Go to the club and shake it tight. It only fits because a) I wanted a tight skirt and b) the fabric is really stretchy.
That being said, the released version of the pattern has an extra 2 inches of ease at the hips and requires a minimum of 30% stretch. This was different than the tester version I was sent, so if you’re not looking for as tight of a fit, I don’t think it’s an issue with the updated pattern.
Design-wise, I chose to eliminate the ties, and cut the pieces on the fold. When you have a print like this to work with, you just can’t with the front and back seams. The small pieces with the seam mean that you could make this with a very small amount of fabric. I just didn’t. I also didn’t hem it because I think it’s quite short enough, thankyouverymuch.
This skirt took me about a minute to make. Easiest thing I’ve made all year, for sure! The taping and cutting of the pdf took like 20 mins, cutting took about 15, and sewing took about 20. Easy-peasy. If you’re new to knits or sewing, this is a perfect make.
I’m headed to New Orleans for my bachelorette party next weekend (did I mention wedding planning has taken over my life) and this skirt will definitely make an appearance. I’ll do my best to do a travel/style post when I get back because it’s one of my absolute favorite cities, but no promises there. Maybe I’ll get some better photos, too, since I still haven’t been outdoors for photos this year. At least I’ll be partying in style!
Pattern: Axel from Megan Nielsen
Fabric: Dragon and Lotus Scuba Knit from Britex