This skirt shouldn’t have been a mini, but a long skirt. I only have mini or above the knee skirts and, as I did with maxidresses this summer, I wanted to give long skirts a try by sewing one of them.
After thinking over it a lot, I decided to make a short skirt instead, that it would have been a lot more versatile for my wardrobe. The reasons of this choice are:
- I don’t have a jacket to match with a long skirt (I have to put it in my sewing project list).
- I have only a very little scrap of this fabric and only a tight long skirt would have come out, not exactly the kind of skirt I love to wear.
I used a cotton jersey remnant I bought in a fabric stall in Berwick Street this summer, when I was in London (here you can find my suggestions for fabric shopping in London).
At first I wanted to make an A-line mini skirt, something similar to 70s’ mini skirts. Then I changed my mind and I drafted and sewed a quite straight skirt up. However if I could go back I would make an A-line skirt because it would be perfect with this kind of fabric.
Anyway it’s very simple making this kind of mini skirt in jersey. You only need to get your waist and hip measurements, the distance/height between your waist and your hip and the length you want your skirt has (I’m 1,63 cm tall and I made my skirt 42 cm high). Being a stretch fabric, you don’t need to add darts, so I drafted a simple block pattern of a skirt without darts, identical for front and back. I slightly flared the skirt on the hemline, adding 2 cm on the side.
Here is the layout of the pattern I drafted (use it for cutting both skirt’s back and front):
I didn’t add seam allowances, except for the hemline, where I added 1,5 cm.
My waistband is 2 cm high, so I cut a band as long as the waist measurement and 2+2cm+1cm (seam allowance) high. If you don’t have a serger, add 2 cm tot. for seam allowance instead of 1 cm. My band was 5 cm high in the end, 2.5 cm if folded in half. I used a elastic band 1 cm high.
I sewed it up with my serger and I finished the hemline with a twin needle on my sewing machine.
At first I sewed one of the two side. Then I sewed the waistband to the waist of the skirt (the waistband is not folded at this stage, you have to fold it later). I sewed also the second side of the skirt and the side of the waistband. I folded the waistband in half and I sewed it to skirt, leaving a little hole to put the elastic band in. I inserted the elastic with a safety pin, I pinned it and finished the seam allowance with the serger (I closed the little hole as well). Then I finished the hemline with serger and twin needle on my sewing machine.
It took me about two hours to cut and sew this skirt only.
A jersey mini skirt is perfect for this change of seasons (when I always don’t know what to wear!). Here is matched with a black top in jersey I drafted and sewed up last winter.