Saturday, December 26, 2015

Made By A Fabricista: A Christmas Skirt


I really wanted to sew something cute to wear on Christmas Day; not that we do anything fancy, at all! But it's fun to sew 'fun things', isn't it??

I was browsing the site (as I do almost daily - shhhh!) and saw this amazing gold foil floral double knit. I initially thought it had to be a straight skirt because it would pair nicely with my Burda magazine top from the October 2015 issue. This was made in black ponte, which I almost always buy 5 yards of when Fabric Mart has it on sale!

I'd made McCall's 6654 before and knew it would be quick and easy and would really allow the fabric to shine (pun intended!) :)



Slightly overexposed - sorry!

I only had a size 14 and really needed a 16. However, I knew I wanted this version to be fitted (but not body-con tight). I sewed 3/8" side seams for a little more room and pegged the skirt a bit.

Also, I wanted it below knee length and cut in between views C and D. View C has a 23" finished length and view D has a 28" finished length; my skirt is 25".


I used a fusible tricot to stabilize the hem and finished with a double needle. If you managed to snag a cut of this fabric, be sure to use a press cloth and press from the wrong side of the fabric as much as possible.


I used 1" black elastic and cut it about 1" shorter than suggested. Again, I wanted it to sit snugly. So while it gathers at the waist when it isn't being worn, it's fine when it's on. 


The back side is solid black and as you see, I didn't bother serging the raw edge of the hem or anything, just turned up and pressed.

I have to say, my husband's photos came out much better! But I have to remind him to bring the camera down a bit since I'm so much shorter than he is :)

Here I'm wearing the capelet, again from the 10/2015 Burda
and it's 27 degrees F outside but it's pretty 'warm' here as December goes! :)

I absolutely ADORE this skirt and it was such a perfect use for this fabric! 

Nakisha


15 comments:

  1. Pretty and festive! I am a fan of using fusible interfacing (usually a stretchy knit fusible) on my hems and neckline bindings on my sewn knitwear, so I am glad to see you show that off. It really does make the finishing look so neat and it falls better, too.

    LOL at 27 degrees being warm. I have to hand it to you all, here it isn't "winter warm" unless it is at least 65 degrees. I am in awe of people from the upper midwest! :)

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  2. Love the skirt, and what a nice outfit with that top! Happy New Year to you!

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  3. I like the skirt, very festive. The top and skirt combo with the boots look great!

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  4. Wow, great looking outfit. This is inspiring. I really appreciate all the details you included.

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  5. Beautiful skirt! I can see this skirt with strappy sandals and a sleeveless top in warmer weather too. Definitely a transitional piece.

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  6. Aloha from Josie
    Great skirt. Keep warm. Love your good nature attitude on the photos.

    Mahao for sharing
    Mele KAlikimaka

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  7. Gorgeous outfit! Thanks for sharing the pics, and also for the helpful info. Happy New Year (a little late).

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  8. The pattern is McCall's 6654 not 6554.

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    1. Thanks for seeing that! I just changed it.

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