Welcome back to our monthly installment of Wovens 2 Knits, where we take patterns designed for woven fabrics and try to translate them to cozy, comfy knits. For this month’s project, I wanted to come up with a holiday outfit that was all knit. We aren’t a very fancy family, but between school concerts and a few events with family and friends, Miss P usually needs one or two outfits that are a little dressier than her standard uniform of knit-tunic-and-leggings.
The skirt is the feature here, and I used the Adele Triple Ruffle Skirt from Peek-a-Boo Patterns. This pattern has been in my stash for ages, and I’ve even cut it out in multiple sizes as my girl has grown, but I’ve never actually made one. This won’t be my last, though. We both loved it! The skirt is drafted for wovens, although Amy specifies that sturdy knits like interlock could be used, and it also features a knit yoga-style foldover waistband. For my party look, I decided to use a black jegging knit for the lining and ruffles with a black cotton/lycra knit for the waistband. I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern except to just do a single folded hem with my coverstitch for each of the ruffles. It kept them nice and lightweight. I used my serger to gather the ruffles, which are fairly lightly gathered (with the top ruffle being the most ruffled of the three), which works well for knit since this type of fabric can get very heavy if there are a lot of tightly gathered ruffles. If you’re using a more drapey fabric, you could add length to your ruffles for more gathers and probably still have a pretty light and twirly skirt.
The top that I paired with the skirt is the newly released Garnet from Tie Dye Diva. The full review is coming later next week, but spoiler alert: it’s an awesome pattern and one of my new faves! The collar steals the show and in the spirit of Wovens 2 Knits, I used a sequin confetti dot knit for the outer collar and cotton lycra for the collar back/inner layer. Nothing says holidays like a nice, bright red, so this red knit from Purple Seamstress was a no-brainer. Based on her measurements, I sewed size 5s for both the top and the skirt, and the fit was great. Miss P couldn’t stop dancing and twirling (and posing!), and the finished look was both festive and comfortable. That’s a win all around in my book!