This how-to is a continuation on the post I did a few weeks ago when I showed you how to draft a knit skirt from your own measurements. This time I'm going to show you how to sew a knit skirt on a regular sewing machine. The machine that I'll be using in this tutorial is a Singer Fashion Mate.  For more information about sewing knits on a regular sewing machine check out this post

Before sewing I drafted the basic knit skirt pattern following the directions here. This is the pattern that I used to cut the skirt I'm using in this tutorial.
Sorry for my crooked patterns, I had to take this picture quickly before my toddler walked all over them :) 
Such is life with an 18 month old. 

***Reminder to always preshrink your fabric before any cutting or sewing. 

Materials:
  • Double Knit (1 meter should be more than enough)
  • Coordinating Thread 

Tools:
  • Fabric Shears
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing Machine 
  • Pins
Before actually starting to stitch your skirt together I recommend sewing a small test seam on a scrap of your fabric.  This will help you sort out any tension issues beforehand. 

 For the majority of the seams use either a over-edge stitch or a slant zig zag combined with a zig zag to finish the edges. If your machine doesn't come with either of these stitches you can also use a very narrow zig zag.
Step 1.

Following your grain lines cut out your skirt front, back and two waistbands from a double knit. Some of you might recognize it from my last weekend project post ;) Waste not, want not! 
Step 2. 

Placing right sides together pin your two back skirt pieces together along the center back seam. I like to pin every 4 to 5 inches. 

Stitch down the entire length of the center back seam. 

*** Hint: When sewing it's helpful to sew all your seams going to same direction. On every seam I always start from the top of my skirt and sew to the bottom.
First press your seam flat. 
Then press your seam to one side. 

Step 4. 

With right sides together, stitch down the entire length of both side seams. Press your seams flat and then to one side. 
At this point I tried the skirt on and found that it was a little looser than I would like. So I trimmed both side seams 1/2" and stitched the side seams again. I also carried these changes over to my waistband to make sure that it would still fit my skirt. If you find you need to make a few adjustments to your skirt remember to make the same adjustments to your skirt pattern. That way next time you make it, you'll know it will fit just how you like and you won't have to repeat the fitting process. 

Step 5. -The Waistband. 

With right sides together, stitch your two back waistband pieces together along the center back seam. Press. 
Step 6. 

Right sides together, stitch your back waistband to your front waistband, forming a tube shape. 
Press your waistband  in half widthwise with wrong sides together. 
Step 7. 

Matching all seams, pin your waistband to the right side of your skirt. Sew along the entire length of the waist. You can continue to use the overedge stitch when sewing the waistband to the skirt but since this seam will have the most wear on it I decided to use my slant zig-zag stitch. If you don't have this stitch on your machine you can subsitue with a very narrow zig zag.  
Edge finish this seam with a zig zag stitch.  Press your skirt and waistband. 
Step 8.-Hem

Zig zag around the entire length of your hem finishing the raw edge. Press flat. 
Turn under 1/4" and stitch using a regular straight stitch. Press.
And thats all there is to it. I can't tell you how comfy this skirt is! It actually sits a lot higher on my waist than shown, which gives me the option of a more professional look but I love the way it looks when worn with a little sweater. 
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and happy sewing! 

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02/05/2017 4:24am

Now a days stitching and cutting is not tough because many type of website are working for us. And they are teach us step by step. This article also tell us the cutting and stitching of skirt. It is very t learn and thanks for giving informative article for us.

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