The Style Arc Ali knit skirt is another project I first made a few years ago:
I’m not normally a fan of slim knit skirts, but I find the ease and design line the tucks provide over my thighs make the Ali a little bit easier to wear than most.
Since my original Ali skirt was starting to look a little shabby I decided to make up a new one this weekend. I have much better photos of it this time around! I’m wearing it with my Style Arc Anita peasant top.
As you can see from the side view, this is a very figure-hugging skirt. A tight fit is necessary in order to keep the tucks in place.
I sewed and topstitched the tucks using the chainstitch function on my Janome CoverPro 2000CPX. A chainstitch is much stronger and provides more stretch versus using the straight stitch on a regular sewing machine.
The fabric I used was a charcoal rayon/nylon/lycra ponte I purchased from Sawyer Brook a few years ago.
Due to the stretch of the fabric, fitting adjustments were pretty easy:
- Removed a total of 4″ from the waist
- Straightened out the side seams a total of 1.5″ to make the hem less pegged
- Since the hem was rising up in the back, I ended up taking up the hem an additional 1″ in the front
- Took in the side seams a total of 2″- this fabric was quite stretchy, and as I mentioned above, you want to make sure the fit is snug so that the tucks stay in place.