Named’s Shadi Knit Skirt

After the success of my Topshop inspired skirt, I decided to make a River Island inspired skirt. I saw, tried on and loved this pencil skirt below, and although it wasn’t too expensive (I think £25), I thought it would be so simple to make.

riverisland skirt

River Island version

topshop skirt

Topshop version

I love Named Clothing’s patterns. They’re so up to date and modern, yet slightly quirky. I’ve been wanting to try some of their patterns for a while and spotted the Shadi Knit Skirt in their AW14 collection, so decided to try it.

shadi knit skirt pattern

The pattern

It was really simple. Just 2 skirt panels and a waist band. No darts, no fastenings! I don’t have an overlocker so I bought a ballpoint needle for my machine and used zig zag stitch. The fabric was a plain black scuba fabric.

My waist measurement is a size bigger than my hip measurement. Because this is a fitted skirt, I needed to grade between these two sizes otherwise it wouldn’t look right. That was the only alteration I made, apart from the lace trim at the bottom.

shadi knit skirt hem

Sewing on the lace

I made it in about an hour. It was that simple! In hindsight, I wish I’d handsewn the hem and lace (it looks a bit of a mess machine sewn) but you live and learn. If I make this skirt again, I think I’ll add a bit extra to the top of the skirt then sew the elastic to the top of the skirt, rather than create a separate waistband channel.

shadi knit skirt finished

Not the best photo, but the finished skirt

I’m loving making my own versions of high street clothing! What to make next!?

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