Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Three's a charm - McCall's 5330 Skirt Review

Ah, McCall's 5330, how do I love thee? I don't have many TNT (tried and true) patterns as I'm easily seduced by the pretty pictures on the covers of the sewing patterns. This skirt pattern is an exception. Not only does it have three skirt designs in one pattern envelope, but it is basic enough to allow for creativity.

The first skirt sewn from this pattern was the button front out of a gray embroidered border linen remnant;

The second skirt sewn was the straight pencil skirt sewn from an embroidered (with sequins) black linen remnant;

The third was sewn from a black stretch woven pinstripe - you guessed it - remnant. Each skirt cost under $10 to sew including skirt fabric, lining, zipper, interfacing, trim, and thread. Gotta love that $30 and some time invested for three skirts that can be worn often.


My original thought on this pinstripe was to use it lengthwise on the main body of the skirt and crosswise on the bottom of the skirt. What I hadn't taken into consideration was that I wouldn't be able to put the stripe for the bottom band on a fold (because I used a remnant - less than one yard of 60" wide fabric).

So I matched the striped and sewed the seam at the center front. Yuk. While the stripes are matched well, it bugged me that there was a seam there. So I ripped the bottom band off and found a black fabric remnant and recut the bottom band.
But it needed something else. Something to define the difference between the skirt and the band so I dug through my trims to see what I could find.

Animal print ribbon? Nah.


Lacy white trim? Nah.


Floral faux leather trim with faux rhinestone center? Nah.


Black satin ribbon with white plastic beads along each edge? Yes, that works!


But how to sew it on? I'm *not* gonna do it by hand. In fact, if I have do hand sew it this skirt is going to end up with no trim. Oh that's right! When I bought the Pfaff 2056 I bought a couple of specialty sewing feet too! Yea, now I have a chance to try one out. Boy, did that work nicely. The beaded part of the ribbon was couched using a zig-zag stitch on the machine with a special beading foot.


Here it is. Another skirt from McCall's 5330 sewn using a remnant from the remnant bin at Joann's.

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