Remember my post about being shorted 4" on a piece of wool during my last shopping excursion at Hancock Fabrics? (You can read about it here if you haven't already.)
Well, I needed the full 1-1/2 yards for the dress I had planned to sew - McCall's 5971, view B. Yes, I could have sewn view A with small partial cap sleeves, but it just wasn't what I had in my minds eye. I even thought the mini houndstooth dress would look kinda cool with an exposed back zipper ala Gertie. (Still gonna borrow that idea - love it!)
But four inches less than 1-1/2 yards meant there would not be enough for the dress, so I did the next best thing. Whipped up a skirt using one of Simplicity's newer releases - 2451 . The skirt only required 1-3/8" of 60" fabric, so I was able to make it work.
The skirt is has six panels and flares out at the hem - a short mermaid style if you will. It also has a curved yoke, front pockets (yea!) and decorative tabs with 1" buttons. I find the slight downward curve of the front yoke to be flattering.
I originally planned to sew the running stitches using black embroidery thread, but once the skirt was done I didn't think the stitches would have enough of an impact. I'll save that detail for another time.
The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but I do like my lined skirts so a lining was added. A cheap one as I just picked up 15 yards of black polyester lining at the thrift store for a whopping $3.99. At that price I don't care that it's polyester. It will do very nicely in my skirts thank you very much.
Adding a lining to this skirt was very easy to do. All I did was cut the skirt pattern pieces out of lining. To make sure I didn't accidentally cut away the front pocket, I pinned the front pocket piece to the front skirt and cut as one.
I then sewed the skirt lining to the bottom edge of the waistline facing, sewed the facing on per the pattern instructions and voila! Lined skirt.
The pattern is rated "easy-to-sew" so if you're looking for a new basic skirt pattern, this just might be it.
Full review can be read at PatternReview here.