|McCall's 4970: the ivory eyelet skirt|
I had originally selected this cotton eyelet a while ago with nothing specific in mind. I could have chosen one pattern or another as this fabric is just right for so many things: tops, dresses, blouses, skirts, even shorts. The base is a very fine quality ivory cotton lawn, and the embroidered pattern goes vertically. It sewed and pressed beautifully!
This fabric is so pretty that it sold out in no time, but a similar option could be this cotton eyelet. Don't forget to visit the embroidered eyelet fabric page where you'll find other lovely fabrics!
|McCall's 4970: I made view B|
McCall's M4970 has probably been aging in my stash since the pattern came out in 2005! Oddly, I could only find one version of it on the internet. I hope my version can serve as another reference if anyone should want to make this skirt.
For a moment I envisioned to make a tiered skirt, an obvious choice with eyelet, but wanting a little more visual interest in the end I selected McCall's 4970 view B and cut a size 10, my usual with the Big Four. The design change I made was to cut the center of the front and back pieces to add a center seam, and place the vertical lines of the embroidery on the bias to form chevrons. I also debated whether to place the zipper on the side as per the pattern, but finally decided to put it in the back.
I was worried that the invisible zipper would cause bumps and wavy seams as it is sewn to a fabric piece on the bias. Inserting zippers on the bias is never something I look forward to, even more so when there's a pattern to match! But since the embroidery adds substance to the cotton lawn it came out surprisingly well, and I was able to match the chevrons without any fuss I must say. I almost patted myself on my back when I saw the result!
|McCall's 4970 back view - the invisible zipper is inserted in the CB seam|
|Close-up showing texture of fabric + invisible zipper|
I finished the top and bottom of the ruffle with a narrow 3 thread rolled hem on the serger, using ivory Mettler silk finish cotton thread to match the eyelet fabric.
I could have lined the skirt, but decided to leave it unlined and to wear a skin tone slip underneath instead.
That skirt is breezy and summery and it lift my spirits to have a new summer garment in my wardrobe! I've always loved eyelet but I don't recall working with that fabric a lot in the past. I'm quite happy I experimented with eyelet for this month's make - thank you so much Fabric Mart for providing us with a steady flow of inspiring fabrics!
I'll leave it here for now - I hope you are enjoying the weather and are finding time for sewing summer garments!
What's inspiring you these days?