I finished a grey velvet skirt with darker grey stretch knit panels in the sides. Not so sure if George Costanza would wear it, but I can see the joy of being ensconced in velvet, it’s soooo soft.
The skirt has a black fold over elastic waistband, and I placed the shiny side out, so it adds a hint of bling to the skirt. It’s quite easy to make, A-Line with slightly rounded edges on the hemline. The stretch panels allow you to make it more fitted to your body while still not having to insert a zipper. Yay!
You draft it by using your waistband measurement, than measuring down from the centre point to the length you want, and add some width to both sides of the hem to make an A-line flare. Cut out panels, approximately 4cm (2″) out of stretch knit fabric and sew to both back and front pieces of skirt. Important: before you cut out the stretch knit panels, make sure that the stretch is going horizontally across your body and not vertically, up and down your body. After the panels were sewn to the skirt front and back, I added a decorative topstitch to both sides of the stretch panels. Then, add the fold over elastic by stretching it in sections as you sew it on to the waistband. For more information on how to attach fold over elastic, click here. Hem the skirt by double folding and top stitching. Done! And velvety. Mmmmmm.
DRAPE YOURSELF IN VELVET!!