I decided to kill two birds with one stone and sew up an easy skirt with a hi-lo hem. Enter the SBCC Julep skirt:
|SBCC Julep Skirt line drawing|
|Julep skirt + Tonic tee|
|Hello swayback! I really need to add a CB seam to the Tonic Tee pattern.|
Both the skirt and tee fabric are ITY knits from a recent FabricMart sale. The skirt was super easy to make (I think it took me around an hour, two hours if you count PDF assembly and fabric cutting time).
I'll note a few things about the skirt construction and sizing:
- According to the SBCC size chart, I'm a 2X, so that's what I sewed with no adjustments.
- Sizing is true to size chart measurements through the hips.
- As you can see from the line drawing, the skirt uses a yoga pant-style fabric waistband with no elastic. I felt like the waist ran a little large. I rarely size down for a waistband, but for this skirt, I'd grade down to a 1X the next time that I make this skirt.
- As noted in the pattern, you'll ease the waistband onto the skirt. The skirt waistband has a side seam and notches for the CB and center front (CF). Since the skirt itself has a CB seam, you can line the waistband notch up with that. The CF lacks any marking or notch, so make sure that you mark that point in some way (I cut a tiny snip into my seam allowance) while the fabric is still on the fold.
- The skirt waistband piece is marked to lay out and cut on the fold, but does not indicate the direction of stretch. If you've got your fabric folded selvedge-to-selvedge, that would put the stretch for the waistband running vertically. Given that my fabric didn't have much vertical stretch, I laid out the waistband on my fabric so that the fold was perpendicular to the selvedge, making the stretch go around my body. (Maybe this is why my waistband seemed a little big?)