What We’re Making! The Cerisy Skirt by Rachael

on Jun 12, 2013 in What We're Making | 12 comments

I found a great skirt tutorial. I must share! The Cerisy Skirt from Rachael at Imagine Gnats. The reversible skirt, yes I said reversible, uses a knit fabric band instead of elastic. The classic A line skirt is my favorite style. And there is no hemming!

The Anna Maria Horner Field Study Pressed Field Poppy in Linen makes me smile.

The reverse is Robert Kaufman Chambray Union in Dark Indigo which will go with everything.

The formula is easy to figure out and transfer to a large piece of paper for a pattern.  You will need about 1 1/2 yards of 45″ fabric for each side plus a 14″ x ? length of jersey knit (an old T-shirt works too).

I hunted down a scrap of jersey knit in my stash for the band. Go smaller than suggested on the waist band if your knit is very stretchy. The jersey knit tends to slip around on me when wearing the skirt. Once the band is sewn to the skirt a simple top stitch is used to stitch down the raw edge giving the front a nice finished edge.

The other side isn’t as pretty but the waist band will cover that edge when folded over. The waist band ends up similar to the band on a pair of yoga pants. Another option – Make a thinner band without the fold over to cut down on the bulk of fabric in the waist.

The Melody Miller fabric from my stash made a festive skirt. It’s hard to decide which side to wear facing out. Either way I get several complements each time I wear it. The Cerisy Skirt is the most comfortable skirt I own.

We just received Echino Decoro which has me dreaming about more skirts. Or maybe a Parson Gray World Tour Linen

Happy sewing!
~Diana

    12 Comments

  1. I didn’t know this tutorial, but I’d love to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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    dorie

    June 12, 2013

  2. Is this a beginner friendly pattern? And do you need a serger to make it?

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    Patti

    June 12, 2013

    • Yes, I would say it’s beginner friendly. The waistband is the trickiest part but it’s not hard. I used my regular sewing machine with a straight stitch on the waistband. ~Diana

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      Diana

      June 12, 2013

  3. I love the way you’ve styled yours! Cute jacket too. I’ve made skirts like this forever and you might want to try a version using voile for summer, without the double fold waistband! The linen looks great too.

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    robyn

    June 15, 2013

  4. This is really cute, but doesn’t the Jersey waist add some bulk? It looks like it gets folded over, or can you make it short enough so it is smooth?

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    heather

    June 16, 2013

    • I thought the same thing about reducing the bulk. The second skirt I made was the linen skirt. It’s made with and 8 inch waist band. No fold over! Happy summer skirt making! ~Diana

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      Diana

      June 16, 2013

      • i’m intrigued by this skirt but haven’t really sewn clothes before. what do you mean by 8″ of the jersey waist with “no fold over”–does that mean one edge is left raw? i’m also concerned with bulk around the waist (don’t need that!) thanks in advance!

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        dorothy

        July 10, 2013

  5. Oh, what a fabulous idea! Now I just need to pick out some fabric!

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    kelly p

    June 17, 2013

  6. Love this idea!! I make elastic-waist skirts for my daughter, but they just don’t work on my adult shape. BUT, I have a favorite maxi-skirt with a yoga-pants-like waist … just like this. Will definitely be trying this!

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    KB

    June 19, 2013

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