This was described on the anthropologie website as being a wool sweater skirt. I knew as soon as I saw this I have to have it---or my knockoff version of it. I love me some ruffles. When it went on sale, I actually placed an order for it on the anthropologie site with some Christmas money I had. However, my order got cancelled by anthro due to them running out of skirts. I am so thankful they did, because I made my own and saved alot of money in the process.
I looked for some charcoal heathered gray sweater fabric, but I could just not find any that I liked. I decided to use a double knit fabric because I wanted it to be thick. I ordered some charcoal gray double knit from voguefabrics.com. It is called "Aggravation Charcoal." I thought that was an interesting name and hoped that the fabric would not live up to it. Well, it was not aggravating.
I knew I did not want to make an elastic waist because the anthro version has a fabric waist band. I had never done one of these before so I decided to just go with my TNT pattern for skirts, S2605 View F. It is definitely TNT because this is the fourth time I have used it. I blogged about 2 other times and I still need to blog about the third time using it. I haven't blogged about the third use of it because it was just a simple skirt--nothing too exciting.
To make the ruffles at the bottom, I used the skirt fabric for the top ruffle, some leftover $1.95/yd Vera Wang jersey from fabric.com for the ecru colored ruffle, and some eyelet from my stash for the bottom edging. I originally sewed all the strips together to make one long ruffle, but it was just too much to handle. I ended up make several ruffles, tying the threads at the ends leaving a seam allowance, and then seaming them together. You can't even see the seams because they blend in with the ruffles.
Here are some pics of my knockoff.
front (my goodness, that is a weird pose)
blouse - Ann Taylor
pants - Express Columnist pants
Eggplant Mary Jane Heels - Parisian (before they went out of business)