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|Reviewed by:||SheBear0320|| |
|Posted on:||5/15/13 10:44 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/27/14 0:16 AM|
McCall's Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 5 people |
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|Fabric:||Poly-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|UPDATED: I made this particular skirt twice more in 2013 and wear all 3 of these skirts on a regular basis. The original review in its entirety is below the notes I've added for Versions #2 and #3.|
Red & White Geometric
This fabric was purchased at Vogue Fabrics during the PR Chicago weekend. I believe it's a poly/spandex blend. I lined it with a white Suzi Spandex Basic. I ended up taking in the top 6" of the side seams by .5" (a total of 2") as I found the original a little loose.
Wool Crepe Floral
This is another fabric I picked up on my trip to PR Chicago -- it was in the remnant bin at Gayfeather Fabrics in Madison, WI. I had to shorten the points of the handkerchief hem to allow for the shorter fabric piece. I didn't make any adjustment to the side seams even though this fabric had very little stretch to it. I lined this one as well with the same Suzi Spandex Basic in black. I absolutely love this skirt and get tons of compliments when I wear it.
This skirt was my first time sewing with wool crepe and I love the way it sews up -- I pre-washed the fabric and had a very minimal amount of shrinkage and no more shrinkage on subsequent washes. This skirt gets worn a lot in the cooler temps.
Original Review for Version #1:
Pattern Description: Misses' Skirts with waistline variations and shaped hems -- 3 views
Pattern Sizing: AA (6 to 12); E5 (14 to 22) -- I used the larger size range
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made view A and I think it looks very similar
Were the instructions easy to follow? There are only 7 steps and they are clear and precise. I made a number of changes so didn't really follow the instructions except as a guideline.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a quick to cut (2 pattern pieces and 3 cut pieces) and quick to sew pattern (7 easy steps) resulting in a skirt with a difference in a hurry. I like the variations and will likely try them all now that I have the fit worked out.
There was nothing to really dislike about this pattern.
Fabric Used: I used a polyester knit (Glacier Burgundy from Suzi Spandex) and lined it with a lightweight nylon spandex (Suzi Spandex Basic in ivory)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* I started out with a size 18 at the waist and a size 20 at the hips and used the length provided as I like my skirt length longer even though I'm short (about mid-calf). I ended up having to take the waist in another 1.5" and the hips about 1".
* My fashion fabric was quite sheer so I ended up lining the skirt -- I simply measured down 24" from the top of the skirt pattern piece and shaped the hemline and finished with a serged overlock stitch. Then attached the lining to the skirt upper edge and stay-stitched the two together before applying the waistline casing.
* I used a rolled hem on the serger for the hemline rather than the double-turned narrow hem in the instructions.
* I used 3/8" elastic in the waistline casing rather than the 1/2" called for on the pattern (I had 3/8" in the studio) and it worked fine -- I tacked the elastic at the centre back and each side to keep it from rolling.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I already have a second one cut out that I am hoping to finish before the weekend.
I took awhile to get the fit right through the waist and hips but now that I have that I can whip off this view in no time and it won't take much to make the pattern changes to the other two views.
Conclusion: This skirt is for the 2013 Accessory Inspiration Challenge Contest -- I had this pattern in my pattern stack for the earlier Pattern Stash Contest but didn't get to it. When I saw the gladiator sandals that were the inspiration for this Challenge I immediately thought of this pattern as the style of sandals inspired something "flowy and drapey" to me. The fabric I chose was the first one that came to mind when I saw the colour of the sandals -- the fabric was left over from a client's custom order from a couple of years ago.
Unfortunately this pattern is discontinued.