Monday, February 15, 2010

McCall's 3830

You already saw my Valentine pencil skirt, but I thought I'd tell you about it as well.
Here it is just hanging around.  I loved the denim one that Amber made, and Amanda's leopard print was super fun, so when I was at Hobby Lobby and noticed that McCall's patterns were on sale, I grabbed this one.  It really is a nice basic.  The pattern is for a straight skirt in 5 lengths from mini to maxi.  The longer lengths include a walking vent.  The waistline is faced and it calls for a centered zipper.  I lined mine and put in an invisible zip.  I used some fabric from my collection that has been there long enough that I have forgotten it's origins.  
Here it is up close.  Based on the way that it behaved, I'm pretty sure that it is a natural fiber, but I'm not sure what.  It has a bit of itchiness, but it doesn't act or smell like wool.  It is also a somewhat coarse weave and reminds me a lot of my favorite vintage suit.  Anyway - the skirt...
Here is the inside from the back.  I lined it with a very lightweight batiste, since I live in Texas and wanted it to be wearable in the summer.  I did use the facing pattern pieces to cut some interfacing which I fused to the lining to stabilize the waist.  I also added some pink piping to the waistline, just for fun!
Here is the hem.  This is the first time I've used lace to bind a hem.  I think it is very pretty and it was easy to sew, so I'm going to be doing more of this in the future.  Overall, this pattern is a winner, but I have to add a small caveat about fit.  I always cut a size smaller than my measurements in McCalls patterns, but since Amber had some fit issues with hers, I measured the pattern, and ended up going down TWO sizes AND taking in the side seams an additional 1/4 inch at the hip during construction.  I really love this pattern, but if you make it, be sure to measure!

10 comments:

  1. This is my TNT pattern! I,also, use it when teaching sewing. Very basic. You will be able to do this one with your eye's close soon!

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  2. Very pretty! I am liking pencil skirts this year.

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  3. Nice job! I'm fussing with the waistband on mine, since I have to wait for the closures from NYC anyway. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Wow! Wonderful! I wonder if the material is gabardine?

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  5. uch nice work. I always love to see what you've done next!

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  6. Very nice - sounds like a good workhorse of a skirt that you actually really like!! The best!

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  7. I love pencil skirts and this one looks wonderful. I really like the way you finished the hem, with the lace. I never used that method before, but I think it's very pretty!

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  8. Love the pencil skirt, funny enough I don't have one.. I am going to try this pattern. Great work with the hem finishing

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  9. Lovely! I hadn't even thought of using lace for a hem finish. I just finished up the high-waist pencil skirt this weekend and black lace would have been way more fun than boring 'ol hem tape.

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