The Cascading Ruffle Skirt

Any of you who like to sew– do you have a favorite material to sew with?

I do– knit.  Old knit t-shirts, to be exact!  I have a craft room closet full of knit shirts Darren and I no longer wear, plus quite a few I have picked up at thrift shops.  We actually have a Goodwill Outlet nearby where they sell clothing for $1.49 a POUND!  I haven’t found much ready-to-wear clothing there, but I have found plenty to cut up and reuse.

Lil Blue Boo offers a fantastic selection of patterns and tutorials that require knit fabric.  Recently, I got to cross off one of her tutorials that has been on my to-do list for quite some time- the cascading ruffle skirt.

This skirt is one of my favorite things that I have ever made.  It has lots of fun ruffles (20, to be exact) and is perfect for my fun-loving, dancing girl!

I used a mixture of knits from my stash and upcycled shirts to make the cascading ruffle skirt.  The pink is some sort of knit that came in a tube.  I have no idea where it came from or how I acquired it.  The white fabric with clocks printed on it came from the clearance section at Joann’s a little over a year ago.  It was wide and I only bought half of a yard.  I really wish that I had more now!  The gray was an old women’s tee that I picked up at the Goodwill Outlet recently.

The skirt was a bit time consuming to make.  I had to cut out those 20 ruffles individually- 7 from two of the fabrics, and 6 from the other.  And– these ruffles didn’t start out as strips, like most ruffles do.  They started out as something that resembled a chunky letter “c” or a travel neck pillow.

However, all of the cutting and sewing was well worth it as I really do love the finished product.  I see many more of these in our future this summer.  I want to experiment with creating my own printed fabric using fabric paint and designs cut onto freezer paper using my Cricut.  I also want to try out different things for the waistband.  I am not entirely happy with the one on this skirt… but it works.

If you love to sew with knits, I would really enjoy hearing about any patterns that you use regularly.  I am always looking for new knit patterns to try out!

One comment

  1. nadine marrone says:

    I read about your ruffle skirt. Do you finish the outside edges of the ruffles or just leave them raw edge? Thanks. Yours was adorable.

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