September 16, 2014

Solid Fit & Flounced Skirt McCall's 6842

Hearing the Fabric Mart Challenge for this week I immediately thought separates, the challenge is to make a solid color garment with a  focus on fit. After mulling it a round I decided it would be beneficial to my current climate to create a good winter skirt. The trumpet skirt pattern is McCall's 6842 view C
Fabric: Black Sparkle Poly/Rayon Boucle Suiting (acquired from Fabric Mart last February). 
Fitting Adjustments: 
I carved out a 1/2" sway back adjustment from the waistline on the yoke back piece and then re-purposed the 1/2" length at the lower yoke edge, opposed to the hem line of the skirt, because of the yoke & skirt seam line that cut across the hip. I did not want that seam line to dip up at the center back. 
After concluding that I also did not want the hip line of the yoke to be tight (especially over the derriere) I added a 1/2" wedge to the back hip width for ease. A 1/2" was also added to the lower back skirt piece to accommodate the additional ease width added to the yoke. 

On the yoke front I graded down the waistline size. If I was being proper I would have split the reduction to both the back and front yoke to keep my side seam plumb but... it is what it is. 

Construction Adjustments: 
To reinforce my fabric at the zipper placement I fused interfacing strips to the SA and then inserted the zipper.
My first plan for the skirt was to make it unlined per the directions however as I was working with my fabric I realized it would be a tad sheer for my liking. So I created a built in slip! 
In lieu of the facing pieces, I cut another yoke and interfaced the pieces then I found a retro slip with  a degraded elastic waistband I removed the upper part of the slip and eased the skirt on to the yoke to create the lining. 
Inner Garment Views: 

With my winter ready skirt I foresee a lot of sweater tights on the horizon and  I am now on a mission to create more climate conditioned separates! 


  1. Lovely skirt - I've never tried making a skirt.

  2. I looked up this pattern -- I am intrigued. Your version is ace. And you are right perfect winter skirt!

  3. You make the cutest things! Love it!! Very flattering on you!

  4. I like that skirt and especially the lining details. Will work for winter wear.

  5. I like your skirt and nice job on the lining. It will be perfect for winter wear.

  6. What a pretty skirt! I wouldn't know where to begin with the adjustments, this looks great!

  7. That looks like the perfect fall/winter skirt!

  8. I'm loving this new skirt especially since I own a couple of yards of that same fabric!

  9. I love this skirt - perfect basic. The fit is very nice on you. I have this pattern in my sewing lineup too.


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