Saturday, July 16, 2016

McCall's 3830 Red Heart Skirt Inspired by Christopher Kane PreSpring 2016 Collection

"Hurry up! It's cold out here," I exclaimed to my photographer/hubby as we attempted to get shots of this skirt for a post on the now defunct Hancock Fabrics' blog The Stitch

"Just pretend that it's hot and humid outside," he replied.  Yea, that didn't work very well. If we had shot video you would see me shivering. 
Rest assured, it is not currently snowing in Minnesota in July.  These pics were taken last winter before Hancock Fabrics announced their bankruptcy (in February 2016).  I had signed on to be a sewing blogger for the company, but new blog posts from contributors were put on hold soon after the announcement. 

Hubby wanted to take pics outside for the natural light, but my goodness it was cold that day!  He kept cracking jokes which made for a lot of funny outtakes. 
My inspiration for the red heart skirt came from the Christopher Kane Pre-Spring 2016 collection.
I recreated my version using McCall’s 3830, one of my favorite straight skirt patterns. It must be a favorite of many as it’s been in the pattern catalog since 2002!  
I purchased red stretch faux suede, an invisible zipper, an iron-on heart, coordinating thread, (from Hancock Fabrics of course!) and also used interfacing and Seams Great from my stash.
 I sewed the long version, altering the pattern to move the back slit to the side front.  I kept the slit fairly modest in case I wanted to wear the skirt to work. I debated whether or not to add the iron-on heart, stitch my own fabric applique heart, or skip it completely, again keeping in mind what would be more work appropriate.

Ultimately I added the bling as I liked the subtle red on red and the fun surprise on a basic skirt. 
I added a small patch of interfacing to the top of the slit seam to help reinforce that section.
This fabric was super easy to sew, but boy did it want to ravel! I finished all of the seams with Seams Great after my serger quit working mid-project. I pressed the slit open and hand-stitched the extension to the inside of the skirt.

I followed the manufacturer’s directions, and applied the iron on the heart crystal embellishment just above the slit opening.  I learned that I need to keep a tweezer handy as those little crystals like to shift!  So the final application is bit off. 
This was a fun project. While I was sad that I could not share this on Hancock Fabrics' blog, I was really saddened by the news that they were closing their doors. 

Coming up: Part 2 of the planned blog post for the fabric store, the coordinating girl's skirt inspired by the designer skirt. 

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  1. Lovely skirt, I really like the split and think it looks elegant with the black top

  2. What a great skirt! You are brave to take pictures outside in the snow.



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