Hi everyone! Welcome to day one of the 5 kinds of Miriam Skirts! The Miriam Skirt pattern has so many options and I wanted to showcase them to y’all so you can see all the possibilities available in the pattern. I will start with version one skirt today and then keep on until we reach version 5. After, I will post on some different alterations you can do using the skirt or different variations not included in the pattern but definitely an easy option for those with the pattern. I hope you enjoy and share.

Today I have my favorite version of the Miriam Skirt, version 1, the mini. It features the 4 box pleats in the front and back, an invisible zipper, and above-the-knee length. My pattern calls for woven fabrics, because knits and box pleats are a bit of an oxymoron as you would have to use an elastic waist and therefore, lose the tailored effect of the box pleats. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t use knits! I used a woven waistband and an invisible zipper, but opted for a knit fabric to see how it would look and I loved it!
Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 6.00.46 PMI purchased 1.5 yards of this knit fabric from Jo-Ann’s on clearance for $2 yard! Score! It paired so well with the blue woven fabric I had left over from another Miriam Skirt you’ll be seeing later this week. Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 6.00.13 PMThe first big difference from using knit instead of woven is the drape of the skirt. With woven fabric you get more volume in the skirt. Like in this skirt I made here in a cotton fabric that was given to me by a friend/neighbor. As you can see it keeps its shape more because of its natural weight and stiffness and flows out.version1Whereas the knit fabric hugs the body and definitely slims you down a bit This option is best for those who don’t want the added volume of the skirt but still want the pleats. I don’t know if you know this, but box pleats use about 3x the amount of fabric of a regular skirt because it has a tri-fold effect, meaning that each side of the box pleats has 3x the fabric folded into it to create that side of the box pleat. This is what creates the volume of the skirt, which can be both good and bad depending on where you place the skirt on your body. Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 6.00.25 PMTIP: The best place to place the waistband of the skirt is at your natural waist, the smallest part of your body, or where you would like to create the smallest part of your body if you don’t naturally have an hourglass figure. The skirt starts to flair out from the waistband down so if you place it too low on your body it will not give you the slimming effect a high waistband is supposed to create on a silhouette.  Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 6.00.35 PMI will definitely be making more Miriam Skirt mini’s out of knits. They are so comfortable and because it was a knit, I only had to turn it over 5/8″, instead of the 1.5″ allowed for the hem, and use a coverstitch machine to sew it down. This added a tad bit more on the length which helped when the wind tried to sweep it up a bit as I walked. I got so many compliments on it and luckily I was able to match the stripes perfectly at the side seams! Yay!Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 5.59.56 PM

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do? Will you be using knits to make yourself a Miriam Skirt?
My measurements: Bust: 41″, Waist: 34.5″, Hips: 44″ (They’ve changed since my last post because I’ve lost weight, but apparently my butt grew. LOL #squats)

Until next time,
Stay creative!

 ღ Reyna Lay ღ

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