Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Certain Flare

I managed to squeeze a little time to sew something for myself, between the piles of sewing projects I have right now. Fortunately, McCalls 5431 was fantastically quick and easy to put together (just as the pattern cover advertises)!

My sister, Tiffany, was the one who discovered this pattern -- I love the way it looks on her, and hoped that it would work for me, as well. I think I had always overlooked it because it had a waist yoke, and I assumed it would sit on the hips rather than the waist. I was wrong.

I made View D and ommitted the pockets. I looked at the pattern instructions briefly, but decided to disregard them in general! To make it easier to fit, I attached each yoke piece to the corresponding skirt piece before sewing up the side seams -- that way if I need to take in or let out the seams, I wouldn't have to take the skirt apart.

I wanted to keep the skirt as long as possible, so I just serged the bottom edge and hemmed it up a scant 3/8 inch. I love the "flare" -- and "flair!" -- that this skirt has, even if it uses an absurd amount of fabric. I see more of these skirts in my future...

I wore it to the library book sale on Saturday, and yes, those are some of my finds I'm holding in the picture!


  1. That is a pretty skirt, and in a pretty colour too!


  2. Oh, I'm so glad you posted about this skirt pattern! I have it sitting and waiting for me to get the time to sew it(although with me pregnant right now..it must wait a bit longer), and also some lovely fabric too, just pining away in my basket.

    I love your version and I will have to share when I finally make mine:-) I'm encouraged!

    Lots of love,

  3. Ooo! Shannon, I love that skirt. I love the length and the "flowiness"! I wish I could find things like that antique scrapbook, but in small towns like Niceville, amazing finds like that are rare (but all the more enjoyable, right?)!

  4. Hi Shannon.
    Love the skirt! So cute! I'am a skirt gal myself.
    Would you be so kind to tell me where you purhased that fabric?
    I love blue.

  5. Your new skirt is lovely! And I must tell you how much I like the photograph. Such beautiful, soft lighting! Who captured the shot, if I may ask?

  6. Very pretty! I love yoke-waisted skirts- I think they are universally flattering.

  7. Thank you all! :-)

    Irene, I purchased the fabric at Wal-Mart -- I had been waiting for it to go on clearance, and it finally did! $1 per yard!

    Janna, my dear sister, Tiffany, took the photograph. She's my faithful photographer -- and a very patient one, too! "Can we do just a few more?".... ;-)

  8. Shannon, you left out the part where I say, "But we've already taken 20, surely there's on in there that work." :-P Just kidding. I love being able to photograph the beautiful work you do.

    Oh, You've been tagged. Go to my blog and you'll see what for. *evil grin*


  9. Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing. :) I may be in touch later on about your esty shop!

  10. I like it!


  11. You did a beautiful job Shannon, it looks great on you! :)


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