Mustard Folded Mini Skirt

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If you follow me on Twitter you saw my in-progress version of this skirt. I started and finished it all in less than four hours while at work in between customers.

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I followed Small Things’ tutorial to make my own folded mini. This skirt is so cool she’s even making a full graded pattern and everything for it. It should be out in the next few months. I was impatient and couldn’t wait so when I bought this mustard ponte from The Common Thread here in Austin I knew I wanted a folded mini now instead of later.

From looking at Lisa’s samples I could tell that the skirt might be a little short so I added 18 cm to the length of the front and adjusted the lining and back pieces accordingly (18 cm is the distance between the folds, easy to add another row).

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I think the resulting length is perfect. I added a waist band that’s about 2″ wide and it sits a little lower than my natural waist. I’m 5’6″ so that gives you a pretty good idea of the length of the skirt. I made the waistband a little shorter than my low waist measurement so I didn’t need darts in the back or anything, I just stretched the band to fit the skirt and it all held together. I might go back and top stitch the band’s seam allowances. The SAs don’t seem to know if they want to sit up or down. They need to be controlled, lol.

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Making the folds required a bit of practice at first but then I got the hang of it. In the end my folds don’t look exactly like Lisa’s but I think it’s ok. I stitched down the folds to the lining at about every other fold. I didn’t follow Lisa’s method, I kind of made it up as I went along. When I’m not wearing the skirt the folds kind of fall apart but when it’s on me they stay nice and intact. My folds are a little lumpy but I think that might be due to my thick fabric. It’s a double knit not a jersey like Lisa’s skirts.

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The skirt is nice and snug which I like. There’s no ease at all in the design which worked fine for this pretty stable knit.

To sum it up I really like this skirt. I love the color, I love that it’s knit and stretchy, I love that it’s a solid but still interesting too look at (I have too many print skirts that make them hard to match with tops). I can already tell that this skirt is gonna get a lot of wear!

Thanks Lisa for the great tute and I can’t wait to see your finished pattern!

Same Fabric, Different Skirts

PS: Miss Lulu, Susan and I all fell in love with this fabric and we each made a different skirt from it! How fun!