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!