This skirt and cardigan was my first experience with organic cotton jersey knit. Wow…is all I can say. I’ll say right off, the color is beautiful. When I got it, I washed it right away. I ordered four yards from Fabric.com. It needs to hang to dry, so it was a struggle for sure. I literally had it draped around my dining room table chairs. lol
Anyway, after drying, I ironed the entire thing. This fabric is very wrinkley and definitely not suited for what I used it for. I know a lot of people used it for Alabama Chanin type dresses and it works great. This cardigan and skirt set, not so much. I am also pretty sure I had the tension wrong on all of my machines while sewing it, except for my coverstitch.
I used Butterick B6258 for this outfit. One thing I noticed when I made the cardigan before is the width of the shoulders and sleeves. When I made this, I decreased the shoulder with and tapered the sleeves quite a bit. With these adjustments, it turned out awesome and it fits really well. This skirt is just a simple two piece patterns. In hindsight, it may have actually been three with the waistband, but I chose not to use it. So just two pieces and some elastic.
So here’s what I didn’t like. This fabric really, really rolls. It was so hard to keep from doing that, and it required a ton of pins. My machines literally hated it. My serger chewed it up and put holes in it. Plus, you have to iron it like crazy. When it comes out of the washer, it looks like a broomstick skirt…all shriveled up. For people like me who hate to iron, it’s a nightmare.
Here’s what I love. This fabric is BREATHABLE people!! Like seriously, the best I’ve ever owned. I’m having major hot flashes right now and when I wear this to work, it’s the most comfortable thing I own. I also love that it’s organic cotton, and the color stays true, even through multiple washes.
What I don’t like: First and foremost, the ironing factor. This is my own laziness for sure. I am just not an ironing person. I also don’t like the major rolling. While any knit rolls, this was way beyond what I’ve ever seen.
Would I buy it again? Definitely. But I’ll make sure that I find a project and/or pattern that is better suited to the material.