I finally finished the first piece of my mini wardrobe last week!
I wanted to call it “The Flowy Skirt” but apparently flowy is not a (real) word. As someone who has been making clothes for 18 years, and having used this non-word to describe many a garment, I am rather disappointed. Mr. 5 thinks it’s weird that I thought it was a word at all.
In general, McCall’s 6696, is an easy way to clothe your bottom half in a hurry. This is my second skirt I’ve made from it (the first was the hi-lo hem version) and I complicated things a bit with the silk georgette overlay, but it was still pretty easy peasy.
That being said, sizing notice on this puppy: I measure into a size M (or maybe even a bit bigger) and I ended up making an XS + 1″ (cut for XS but used 3/8″ serged seams instead of the prescribed 5/8″ seam allowance). I used a stashed cotton/poly/lycra? jersey for the lining and waistband that just happened to almost exactly match the georgette. It was kind of magical.
I shortened the skirt 4″ for the lining and then measured that length and added 1″ to come up with the length of the georgette panels. In doing such, I ended up with a skirt 3″ shorter than the original pattern (I’m 5’4 1/2″). As you can see, it’s still really long on me; could probably stand to shorten it another inch.
I cut my silk georgette panels by snipping into the fabric and tearing it. I wouldn’t recommend this; it worked for the most part, but I have a few runs in the fabric near the snip site that I could do without.
Cliff notes: Make this skirt roughly 2 sizes smaller than McCall’s tells you to, and unless you’re really tall, you’ll need to shorten it. Be nice to silk.
The instructions have you sew a channel for elastic into the upper waistband, but I decided to try skipping this by underlining my fairly flimsy jersey with this awesome super stretchy fabric that I’ve had in my stash since college. Don’t follow my example; just put the dang elastic in. The skirt was a bit too heavy with the two layers and I ended up having to jury rig the elastic up in there after the whole thing was put together. It’s not pretty. Just don’t look closely.
I won’t even get into the instructions for sewing said elastic channel. I didn’t agree with them, so I did my own thing (on my previous version).
This skirt is kind of a hilarious juxtaposition of effort and apathy. I took the time to do 3 sets of gathering stitches on the silk georgette so it would gather more evenly. I sewed it together with french seams and tediously baby hemmed it. And then I serged the lining hem, and all other seams on it.
One down! Nine days and four garments left. Do ya think I can do it?