I am trying to get caught up with some of my summertime makes, here are two- a knit Cascade Skirt (pattern by Megan Nielsen) and a stripey Nettie Bodysuit (Closet Case Files).
I’ve made a Cascade Skirt before (here) and loved it- the skirt is an easy make with a dramatic look. I tried it out in a knit this time around and it worked great! The fabric is cotton/spandex jersey. I shortened the length in the back a bit- it is still slightly high/low but just not as much.
I sewed the hem with the rolled hem option on my serger- so easy!! The hem of this skirt goes for miles so it was nice to just zoom along quickly on the serger and be done with it. I tested it out first on some scraps to get the tension and feed just right, because I didn’t want the hem to be wavy. I used wooly nylon thread which I think gives it a bit of a nicer look than the regular serger thread. This is actually my third Nettie- I made three right away (black, navy and this striped one). I really like them but after wearing them for a while I think I need to play around a bit with the sleeve cap/shoulder height…it seems like there is too much height there for me. It was especially noticeable on this version with the scoop back- I always felt I was in danger of the shoulders slipping off. I came up with a fix that I will show you a bit further down…I really love my bodysuits for wearing with higher waisted skirts- I hate wearing shirts tucked in and having them shift around during the day. I did add snaps down in the nether regions for easy potty breaks and am glad I did, even though it adds a bit more work to the project. The fabric is a rayon/lycra knit from Wanderlust fabrics. I like it but I wonder how long it will hold up without pilling…so far I have babied it and kept it out of the dryer, so far so good… So, to keep from having any wardrobe malfunctions I decided to add bra strap carriers to my Nettie and it works like a charm! I used this helpful tutorial from Dixie and she explains it way better than I could. Super fast and easy, and now when I wear this top everything stays where it should!The Cascade was made to twirl….More summer makes to come….