Friday, September 9, 2011

McCalls 5696

I'm such a tightwad that even though I absolutely hated sewing that cheap polyester I made Mitch's pants out of, I couldn't throw away the half yard I had left.
So, Myra got a new skirt.
The pattern is McCalls 5696. I don't sew many envelope patterns for the kids, but this one had so many cute skirt options that I picked it up anyway. I even matched the color scheme on the envelope. The pattern is for a yoked skirt with a zipper and waistband. Two views have pockets, one is a circular skirt, one pleated and the view I made included contrast godets.
Before I put in the zipper, I tried it on Myra. She doesn't have much waist definition, so it went over her hips without a problem. I decided to convert it to an elastic waist both for ease of sewing and for ease of potty breaks. I also bound the pockets in bias strips of my contrast fabric rather than hem them. I like the little pop of color and the finish inside is nicer.
I cut the godets on the bias, although the pattern has them on the straight grain. Mostly, I did it because I like the look of gingham on the bias, but it does make them drape nicely. The godet insertion in the pattern instructions was unnecessarily complex, I thought. Since the tips of the godets are caught in the yoke seam, there isn't really any point in carefully sewing to the tip and making sure it is nice a smooth there. I just stitched them onto one side, and then stitched the second side up to the tip.
For the hem, I tried a new (to me) technique that I've read about in several of Sandra Betzina's books. The navy poly suiting wouldn't take a press for anything, so in order to get a smooth crease at the hem edge, I stitched a staystitching line at the fold of the hem with fusible thread in my bobbin. Then when I turned and pressed my hem, the thread fused the fold of the hem, resulting in a nice sharp crease.
I think this one is a winner! It weathered a trip to Joann's, several hours on the playground and a trip to Ikea (where it was doused in milk) and she's still wearing it. And it still looks good!
It's good for jumping. I think she looks like a little cheerleader in this one.
She likes the pockets. Perfect for stashing the caramels she spent all day eating.

23 comments:

  1. Adorable!!!
    Also love gingham.
    And I would say, "thrifty."

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  2. Great skirt!!! Perfect for play!
    I miss that pretty, little princess!

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  3. This is an adorable skirt--and your daughter clearly loves it!! Love the godets! ~ Peggy

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  4. I just love the look of a little cheerleading skirt since all three of my daughters cheered high school and all-stars. That is so cute. She's a cutie pie.

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  5. Myra's skirt is really pretty . I love the Gingham Godets.

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  6. What a "cheerful" and stylish skirt for your very cute cheerleader!

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  7. Super cute, both the skirt and the model. I love the look of the check godets. I have read that SB hem technique but never tried it. I will have to keep it in mind.

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  8. Love it! It's super adorable on her and the gingham godets cut on the bias look great.

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  9. Super cute! Sounds like you guys had a great day together :-)

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  10. That is a darling skirt, which looks terrific on your daughter.
    I am a fellow tightwad, I thought little people clothes were where left over half yards naturally gravitated ;). This does become an issue when the youngest member of the household gets tall though!

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  11. It's adorable, great use of the remnant too.

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  12. This cute skirt is clearly a winner with Myra - and she looks adorable in it!

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  13. adorable! i love the little contrasts :)

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  14. Ooo so adorable! (Do your kids know how adorable they are? Mine have a very clear idea, and use it to their advantage...)

    Thanks for the fusible-thread tip---I hadn't heard that one before :). Hmm, now I wonder where you find fusible thread...

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  15. Adorable skirt! So clever - hard-wearing fabric, cute flippy skirt, bias cut gingham - it all works to make a great skirt!

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  16. Adorable! I hadn't heard of fusible thread either. Thanks for the tip.

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  17. What a cute little skirt. Kinda of cheer-leader style. I think it's great to take left overs and make little kid's clothes from them. What a cutie!

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  18. So cute! I love that pleated look on little girls.

    As much as I loathe Rylee needing to wear uniforms to her preschool (!) I have to admit that nothing stains that polyester crap! It washes up great and is very durable. Though I do hate it so. :)

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  19. I always hang onto odd pieces of fabric, too, just in case they can be of use. Myra's skirt is just adorable!

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  20. Wonderful use of leftover scraps!! You tell that fabric who's boss! Great job!

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  21. FAB and doesn't she rock it too!

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  22. I have this pattern too and I love it. so many options! this is adorable and a great use of the poly "waste". (I'm like that too, I can't bear to throw away a perfectly good half-yard of craptastic fabric.

    I'm working on it.

    Although seeing that you made something so cute out of it isn't really helping in my CBT. ;-)

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  23. I have this pattern and have wanted to do that skirt. I don't think the drawing does it justice. It is so cute! With a precious model! Diving in soon!

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