I recently discovered the well-hidden JCrew clearance outlet right outside of Asheville. Clearance is about the only way I'll pay JCrew prices, so off I went.
Before I left, I picked up a catalogue and found plenty of inspiration in the pages -- especially when it comes to polka dots. But to pay more than $100 for a skirt? I'll make my own knock off, thanks.
Pattern: Modified pencil skirt pattern from Sew U Home Stretch
Fabric: Knit fabric from Joanns
Here's JCrew's version. I made mine a bit looser since I don't have model hips nor legs. Hmph.
Some people say you need a serger to sew successfully with knits. Not so! I used my Viking's overlock stitch and it did just fine. But let me tell ya, you do not want to rip these stitches out. I made a mistake and had to open up part of a seam. It made my hand cramp and my eyes hurt.
Oh, the things we do for sewing.