Oh, it was so nice to sew this skirt! I love maxi’s, so this project felt like coming home.
I bought this pattern ages ago, and I’ve never sewn it. Mostly because I was simply drafting my knit maxi skirts as an A-line with a yoga waistband. Like this one from a couple years ago (worn with Kathryn Brenne’s beautiful jacket, V9135):
But my earlier skirts were showing wear and are now gone. M6966 has lots of options, including the hi-lo look that’s so trendy this summer.
Time to give it a try. It’s pretty cute!
Sewing notes – this is very easy to sew:
- I used size Medium, without a single change.
- My fabric is a very loosely woven cotton French terry from Girl Charlee.
- The length was perfect for me at 5’7″. In fact, I took off 1″ before taking up a 1″ hem.
- This skirt is very similar, in shape and sizing, to the the Sewaholic Gabriola skirt, which is for woven fabrics and has a zipper.
I love the waistband construction. It stays up a bit better than a yoga band, and it’s very nicely finished.
(1) The outside waistband and facing are joined at the top edge, right sides together. A line of stitching about an inch below forms a casing for elastic.
(2) The elastic is inserted, and the band is turned with right sides out – the elastic is hidden!
(3) And the band is attached to the top of the skirt. I sewed it on with an elastic stitch and serged the seam allowance together to give a nice finish.
I took my pics in the dining room this morning, so I could go back and forth to my closet for options to style the skirt. I tried a cropped shirt, a belted tunic, and a jeans jacket (which is why I was wearing the white bra that’s peeking out on my shoulder). Of course, I ended up liking a simple knit tee the best.
Parting shot – since the mosquitoes rule the yard for the moment, I’m doing a little gardening on the porch. These skinny dudes are papaya sprouts, grown from seeds I harvested from a fresh papaya way back in January. If I can get them up to about 20″, they’ll go in the back garden.
I’ve had papaya trees before, and the wasps really enjoyed the fruit – they’re fast.
Bye for now – Coco