When I took pictures of the Camilla Top I was also wearing my new Pirate Pencil Skirt by Patterns for Pirates. I've had this on my to do list since last fall. I have a few tops/blouses with navy colors so I really needed a plain navy skirt to wear with them. This is a really easy sew, and great for a first knit project. It's even easier than making Peg Legs!
I used a Telio Ponte Leggero Knit from Fabric.com in Navy...and let me tell you, this stuff is like BUTTAH! It's really lightweight and would work well for a top or even a dress. It has 40% stretch widthwise and 25% vertical stretch. This fabric is so lightweight it will be an all-season neutral skirt.
I used an XS, mid rise option. The pencil skirt pattern is for a skirt that is quite form-fitting in the legs. I graded out the pattern past the hips so that it is pretty straight up and down to give me more room to move.
The pattern doesn't call for an elastic waistband, but it's something I wanted, so I chose to turn the waistband into a casing for my elastic. Since I only had 1 1/4" elastic I made my waistband 1" shorter (4" tall, folded in half) than the pattern called for. I finished off my project by coverstitching the skirt hem.
I can't stress how wonderful it is to be able to hem a skirt just where you want it!
I absolutely love this pattern and definitely plan to make more this summer!