I’ve had Kwik Sew 3513 in my stash for about a year and decided it was time to make a black staple skirt. I used a rayon/cotton knit from Five Eighths Seams. I almost fainted when I saw the price ($17 per yard) but I only needed 1.5 yards, and this knit was so soft and drapey, I gladly forked out the plastic. This four seasons skirt will get tons of wear.
This pattern comes together stupid fast and is basically fool-proof. The front and back are the same pattern piece and then you cut out two waistbands and you’re set! Only five seams to finish and I didn’t even have to hem the skirt edge.
My only advice is you may want to cut your waistband a bit larger (at first) just to be safe – I learned this the hard way one time. Every knit is different!
I used my sewing machine and walking foot with a twin needle on the lightning bolt stitch. My Janome serger was out of commission. I just barely got it back after being in the shop for 2 months!
Sorry for the sucky picture. Sometimes black is difficult to photograph and I didn’t have the time (or desire) to fix it. There are plenty of more photos on patternreview.com.
I highly recommend this pattern! It’s a great wardrobe builder, is perfect for people new to sewing with knits, and I definitely plan to use this pattern again. Oh – no, this isn’t a maternity pattern and yes, it totally fits around my growing belly. I love yoga waistbands for that reason. I made this skirt when I was about 8 weeks along and at 22 weeks it still fits great.