I've been looking for maxi-long knit skirts lately and there just aren't any that meet my specs, except really expensive ones. And then I thought, yeesh, how hard can it be to make a long knit skirt? So this week, instead of completely crashing in front of the TV after work every night, I took my computer into the basement (to stream some entertainment, specifically Bones) and set myself up to get crafty on the work table I rigged. And I tried (vainly) to keep the cats out of my sewing stuff.
I used a vintage maxi skirt as a kind of template for size and shape and cut the "pattern" (I use the term loosely) out of some spandexy fabric that I have had for at least ten years. The front pieces are cut on the bias because for some reason I thought it would be a great idea to have a chevron pattern in front without really considering how hard it would be for a novice sewer to keep the stripes lined up while sewing stretchy fabric. Then on the back the stripes are vertical. The fabric is so stretchy that I didn't really need to do an elastic or drawstring waist. I just made a big-ass obi-style sash. All the seams are zig-zag stitched.
Here's the front:
And the back:
Aaaaand the side:
I'll probably do a fuller version in some solid color. Lord knows I have enough stash fabric to get me through many a winging-it project.