WIWW: Simple Gathered Knit Skirt

 

Gathered Knit Skirt

On my summer bucket list, I said I wanted to try more garment sewing. Well this is my second attempt at sewing with knit fabric and I learned a few more valuable lessons this time around. Thank goodness knit fabric is so forgiving.

I love a simple gathered skirt, such a basic pattern but when paired with some awesome fabric it sure does make a great skirt. To help me get a nicer looking skirt I used a pattern I picked up a JoAnn a few weeks ago for like $2! I always hate the waistbands with a separate casing for the elastic so just folded down around the top of the skirt to make my casing, sewed around it leaving an opening for the elastic and threaded it through. I really wanted to have a yoga waistband, but this knit fabric is just too stretchy to really do well, no matter how small I cut the waistband after trying it on it was too stretched out and the skirt was falling off my hips. So lesson learned always check the stretch and recovery of your knit fabric!

With this skirt I wanted to hem my skirt to make it look a little more professional. So after reading many blog tutorials and tips for sewing with knits I thought I would give hem tape a whirl. Once I got the paper backing off, this made the difference in hemming knits. I will never hem a skirt without hem tape again!

Now to try sewing a dress!

*Outfit details

  • Skirt made by me, fabric purchased from local fabric store.
  • Target t-shirt
  • Chaco sandals
  • Necklace, purchased at a street fair

 

Summer Bucket List

After seeingĀ a few different posts on other blogs,I decided I would post my Summer Bucket List to help keep myself accountable this summer.

  1. Read 30 picture book to Nora that are new to us.
  2. Read 15 books for myself.
  3. Take at least 5 more bike trips to the beach with Nora.
  4. Try more garment sewing. I would like to sew a couple more skirts and a dress for myself.
  5. Finish 3 more quilts for Christmas gifts.
  6. Go hiking as a family
  7. Visit the gardens.
  8. Take Nora to the Little Explorers Laboratory at the library.
  9. Attend one of the summer concerts in the park.
  10. Go on a date with my hubby.

Here’s to a great summer!

#Bookaday Challenge

Since this is the first time since I was in 8th grade I will not be working this summer. I am both excited and a little sad to not be working with kids at the library. But I will get to enjoy the Summer Reading Program with Nora and just as a patron, which is going to be a weird yet fun experience for me.

In an effort to stay on top of my reading I decided to join the #bookaday challenge. Starting today through Labor Day (99 days to be exact) I will read a book a day. Since I have quite a few large books on my list for the summer, I will be reading plenty of picture books to Nora as well to help with my book a day challenge.

Here are some of my books I hope to tackle this summer