Kairuku Skirt by Little Kiwi's Closet

It's finally here!!
The Women's Kairuku Skirt!
Lydia says she named the skirt after The Kairuku, which is an extinct breed of giant penguin, whos fossilized bones were found in the South Island of New Zealand in 1977.

I was asked to do a quick sew for this skirt, and boy do I love it! 
let me tell you it certainty is a quick sew!

This skirt provides three different options (more if you count the colour blocked top); a plain skirt, paneled skirt and a rouched panel front.

First I whipped up this plain skirt with a thick-ish blue knit. I don't know the full composition as I bought this as a "tester" fabric- but I'm seriously impressed with this skirt that I am totally wearing this "tester"!

Once I knew the size I chose was a good fit, and length, I wanted to try out the paneled option. I found this faux leather look fabric at spotlight and thought I'd take a chance with it to try a black on black panel. I love this one! I added 1.5 inches so i could make it a bit more formal... I'm really please with how this one turned out! 
because the fabric doesn't have any stretch I sized up the panel piece but kept the sides my size. The side panels are a lush ponte fabric. 
I think it worked really well! 
And lastly I wanted to try the rouched front panel. This skirt has a plain back and is actually up-cycled from a pair of navy ponte pants. 

To be honest the rouching was a little bit fiddly, and made the total sewing time a lot longer - especially when you have children who are needing you in between each step! In this instance I used a very drapey double brushed poly. 

I actually cut out a "lining" piece to help me with the rouching.... I'll insert some photos below.
First I did a loose straight stitch, then used the bobbin thread to gather the fabric. I gathered until it was the same length as my "lining piece". 
then I folded the gathered piece in half to find the center point and matched that to the center of the lining and pin, pin, pinned! (and seriously I hate pins but this helped so much!)
Then I stitched the gathered front to the lining piece and treated it as one piece while completing the rest of the skirt. 
I love the end result!!! 
Because I up-cycled from the pants I ended up needing to add an extra seam in the back as I cut the back panels out of the pant leg.

Now, don't forget, if you're interested in the pattern buy it here! and make sure to join the facebook page and use the code CUTEKAIRUKU to get a 20% discount! 
*Code valid until 15th June 2020

I'm already planning more so stay tuned for a pocket hack!!! 

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