Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kwik Sew 3513 | I Love Yoga Waistbands!

I've had Kwik Sew 3513 in my stash for about a year and decided it was time to make a black staple skirt.  I used a rayon/cotton knit from Five Eighths Seams.  I almost fainted when I saw the price ($17 per yard) but I only needed 1.5 yards, and this knit was so soft and drapey, I gladly forked out the plastic.  This four seasons skirt will get tons of wear.

This pattern comes together stupid fast and is basically fool-proof.  The front and back are the same pattern piece and then you cut out two waistbands and you're set!  Only five seams to finish and I didn't even have to hem the skirt edge.

My only advice is you may want to cut your waistband a bit larger (at first) just to be safe - I learned this the hard way one time.  Every knit is different!

I used my sewing machine and walking foot with a twin needle on the lightning bolt stitch.  My Janome serger was out of commission.  I just barely got it back after being in the shop for 2 months!

Sorry for the sucky picture.  Sometimes black is difficult to photograph and I didn't have the time (or desire) to fix it.  There are plenty of more photos on patternreview.com.

I highly recommend this pattern!  It's a great wardrobe builder, is perfect for people new to sewing with knits, and I definitely plan to use this pattern again.  Oh - no, this isn't a maternity pattern and yes, it totally fits around my growing belly.  I love yoga waistbands for that reason.  I made this skirt when I was about 8 weeks along and at 22 weeks it still fits great.

Happy sewing!


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