In my last post I discussed the top 5 fall sewing trends I want to focus on this season. Among them was a classic silhouette featuring a full pleated skirt. I returned to McCalls 6706, a super easy skirt pattern and a tried and true pattern in my book. For more on this fast and gratifying project, read on.
I came back to McCalls 6706 to achieve my classic fall look. You may recall that I made this floral midi skirt last year and I was so satisfied with how that project turned out. That fabric was well worth the pretty penny I paid for it.
I knew I would be returning to this pattern before long.
In my opinion, the pleats in this pattern really compliment a fabric that has a good amount of body and volume. The skirt on the model appears to be made from a silk taffeta, for example. My fabric was recently purchased at Mood for $14/yard. Not bad for Mood. Since my fabric is see-through, I underlined my skirt with a rayon modal from Joann’s. Here’s a look at the inside of the skirt:
I’m really not sure what the fiber content of my outer fabric is. I need to be better about keeping a record on the fabric I’ve purchased. It’s very lightweight but it has a sculptural quality to it. Any ideas on what it might be?
I love how the texture of this fabric really causes the pleats to bounce up and away from the body of the skirt. That’s exactly the kind of effect you’re going for when you make a full pleated skirt.
For this pattern, I cut a size 14 and I moved the side zipper to the back by only cutting the front on the fold but cutting out the back as two separate pattern pieces. The best part about this pattern is that there are only two pattern pieces to cut out: your front & back, and your waistband. The only error I made is that I should have added more length to my waistband. It perfectly fits the waistline of the skirt, but there’s not enough fabric to create a little flap in the back for your hook and eye, or snap as in my case. It was a tight squeeze but I managed to apply a snap to hold the waistband shut.
Next time I’ll have to remember to add a couple of inches.
The second time around I pushed myself to do a much nicer job on the finishing. I didn’t use heat n’ bond once! I slipstitched my waistband in place to the inside of my skirt. I’ve started listening to audiobooks so I’ve found hand stitching while listening to a good book to be very meditative. I quite enjoy hand stitching now. And I finished my hem by stitching a narrow hem in place with my machine. This is much improved from the shortcuts I took with my last skirt. Since it’s such a fast project, there’s really no reason to be taking shortcuts.
As an aside, this was the most painful photo shoot I’ve ever taken and I hope that explains why my photos are out of focus. I really wanted a lush green background in my yard, but as soon as I got out there the mosquitoes started to eat me alive. They were relentless! It was so painful. I hurried as fast as I could to take some photos.
I want to leave you with this gorgeous video I recently came across. It’s Fendi’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show. It’s truly inspiring if you like fairy tale and fantastical fashion.