As I mentioned, I incorporated my own lil twist to this project, used 1-1/2 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Charcoal and a I-9/5.5m crochet hook. Started off creating a crochet chain and determined the circumference against my waist. From there I single crocheted for 5", and thereafter started with the shell stitch pattern. After the first shell stitched row I began the next row with a double crochet cross stitch and then single crochet. Basically creating a three row repeat...is that such a thing.... lol.
The skirt worked up effortlessly, worked on it this week while I commuted back and forth to work over 4 days. Talk about instant gratification, this project is it.
To ensure the waist did not grow, I used 1" black non-roll elastic, cutting it 2" shorter than the waist circumference. At the sewing machine, I anchored the elastic by doing a straight vertical stitch and thereafter, using the zig zag stitch with the elastic against the feed dog, and slightly stretching the elastic, sewed the elastic to the waist of the skirt.
With a tipper tapper under my belt, I ended up putting the cart before the horse, I should have attached the lining to the elastic before attaching it to the skirt, but if anyone knows me... I made it work.....lol
For the lining I used a dark grey china silk fabric. Since the crochet skirt has some stretch, I had to ensure the china silk lining would have wearing ease. To determine that, I wrapped the lining fabric around my waist, added 2" more, give or take, cut it on the fold, serged the top and bottom edges, and sewed the lone star seam...lol. Then did a basting stitch with the stitch length set to 5.0... I was totally in mad scientist sewing mode.
With the basting stitch in, used the thread tail to gather the top edge of the skirt until it was 1" wider than the skirt waist. Pinned the lining in place and zig zagged my way along.
With my besty by my side, flipped the serged bottom edge to the wrongside, steam-a-seamed the hem, and final stitched.
and there you have it my crochet skirt....
Until then... have a Great Weekend.