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.
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).
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.
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.
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!