Saturday, March 31, 2012

McCall's 6438 - Navy/White Striped Skirt

So, I've fallen hard for Pinterest. Thankfully, I'm finding it really useful and not quite the time-suck that I feared it would be. Awhile back I saw this skirt and was inspired to copy it. Truth be told, I had just repinned it from someone else's board and didn't bother to check where it was from. The original skirt is from Old Navy, and I probably could have bought it for about the same amount that it took me to make it. Knocking off an expensive designer garment seems like a great idea. Knocking off inexpensive and very accessible clothes initially seems less worthy. But, I'm still glad I made it instead of buying it. More about that later...

The skirt is quite simple and could have been adapted from any basic A-line skirt, but I had McCall's 6438 on hand and since it already has the center front and back seams (and even the bias grainline marked) I opted to use it - View C.


On my most recent trip to Fabricland, I was pretty excited to see a selection of breton striped knits with various width stripes. I chose the 1/2" stripes. 

McCall's 6438 (modified)

Only the skirt pattern pieces were used, since I wanted a fold-over yoga-style type waistband. I used 3" wide elastic (leftover from maternity pants making days) for the waistband, leaving 3.5" above it for folding over.

McCall's 6438 (modified)

I'm really happy with how the skirt turned out. The fabric is a bit thin and very drapey, so I chose to line it with a nylon knit (it basically has a built-in slip). It feels really great on and I think it will be cool and comfortable to wear during summer.

McCall's 6438 (modified)

Sidenote: Hey, I have a dressform now! A friend came across this one while helping a neighbor clean out their house. Initially I wasn't sure that I wanted it since I don't really have a good place for it to hang out in my sewing room. She said I could take it home and try it out and then decide. We have to settle on a price yet, but if it's right I think I'll want to keep it.

It's still too cool here for bare legs, but I'm looking forward to wearing this when the temps rise a bit. Here's likely how I'll wear it - much like the inspiration pictures except for substituting my new favorite yellow shoes in place of the sandals!

McCall's 6438 (modified)

I have a few posts to write about clothes I've made for my kids and I have a few more things cut out for me. After a slow start to the year (for sewing, anyway) it feels good to have some finished makes to share!

12 comments:

  1. I have this same skirt pinned - I can't find stripes anywhere at a local store and am still looking on-line! Your skirt looks totally awesome and I'm very envious! ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I was so happy to see these stripes because it seems whenever I'm looking for something specific, it is very elusive. I wish you success finding some stripes of your own!

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  2. I love the way your skirt turned out! And the dressform is nice. I don't have one yet, but I imagine it would be quite useful.

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  3. I love your skirt. I currently am making the cross over striped top in the current Ottobre magazine and wanted to skirt to make with it. My fabric looks similar and is thin. I don't line many things so not sure if I'll do that but I have a similar vintage pattern so this has decided me that I definitely need a skirt too! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks! I noticed that Ottobre pattern as well and was wondering if I can squeeze it out of the remnants of my skirt fabric.

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  4. Very cute skirt! I came across a dress form in much the same way- a friend was clearing out her sewing room and asked if I wanted to buy it. I was sure I didn't need it and thought it would just take up space. But after using it
    a couple weeks, I didn't know how I got along without it.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I suspect I'll feel the same about this dressform soon.

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  5. Great skirt, love the entire outfit. I nominated you for the Leibster award.

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  6. I love the skirt! I just never get tired of stripes. I think I need one too!

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  7. I love what you did with the stripes on the skirt.

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