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The 2-for-1 skirt

Have you ever liked BOTH sides of a fabric and had a hard time choosing which side to use for your final garment?   That happened to us with the indigo denim-look knit fabric.  (currently only available in brown)  The front is a very denim-looking fabric except that it’s knit.  And the back is a pretty silvery gray color.  

So ultimately, we decided to use both sides by making the skirt reversible!  (You can read exactly how we made the skirt reversible over on the Skirt Fixation blog.)  

This fabric is perfect for a skirt, with enough drape to make it flattering, and enough structure to make it functional and wearable.  We used the Jalie 2681 paneled skirt pattern.  You can’t really see the panels on the gray side, but on the reverse side, it make for a very athletic looking skirt with the exposed seams.

To go with the gray side of the skirt, we made a dolman sleeve t-shirt using olive green micro rib knit jersey fabric.  We used the Seafarer pattern by Sew Much Ado and sized up one size so she could get the slouchy look she wanted.  You can also get this fabric is Soft Blue Heather, Navy Blue, Soft Mint Green, Heather Grey and Dark Grey.  And you will want it in all colors once you feel it’s softness!

During the colder weather this t-shirt is perfect for layering over a long sleeve shirt.  And when the warmer weather arrives, it will be a great shirt not only because of the short sleeves, but also the breathability of the fabric!

To pair with the darker side of the skirt, we made a french terry raglan sweater using the Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June Patterns.  It’s a great transitional piece as well for the same breathability factor of the fabric.  This fabric is the Heather Blue lightweight poly rayon french terry blend.  Plus can we talk about softness for a minute?  With a poly-rayon blend, you just know that this fabric feels amazing, like wearing a cloud!  

I have to brag on my daughter for a minute…she cut out all 3 of these garments and sewed the 2 shirts by herself!  She’s really getting proficient in her sewing abilities.  It comes at a great time too, because she is now taller than me and has realized the futility of trying to find clothes to fit her long and lanky body.  I didn’t get comfortable with sewing knit fabrics until several years ago, but she has it mastered in her teens!

All right, that’s all for today about these amazing fabrics.    Which side of that skirt fabric would you have used?

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