Pattern Challenge: Finished Skirt! McCalls 2220

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Hooray! I am finally posting a finished item for the Pattern Challenge! I have to admit, it wasn't one of my 'goals' that I set out at the beginning of this challenge....but hopefully I can still include it!

Anyway, if you have been following the blog a little (and if so - thanks!!!!), then you will know that I have been sewing (for what seems like an eternity) a simple skirt. I used McCalls 2220:

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Some images of the construction process:

Nearly there...just need the waistband on. Check out my Argyle slippers!

And the final result:

I'm not going to do a proper review of this pattern like a lot of you do because...well because I made the skirt so flippin' long a go I have forgotten!!!!! But I'll just summarise:
  • The pattern was pretty much easy to follow. A few things I was not 100% sure of, but I would put that down to this being the first pattern I have ever followed so the terminology is new to me. Luckily I have a mum who is a seasoned pro at sewing and she explained a lot for me
  • The hardest part for me was definitely the waist band (of course - the rest is just straight lines on the machine!) - there were a few strong words exchanged between me, the sewing machine and the fabric at times when trying to join everything together on a times! I also somehow ended up with the front button section NOT overlapping (eh?! How did that happen??!!) I made a little loop out of the red material and use that as the button closure. Ironically, it actually makes a nice feature and adds a nice pop of colour!
  • The pattern doesn't include a contrasting band at the hem, but I decided that (after I had cut it out - tut tut) that it was too short for my liking. So I found a little bit of lovely red cotton in my stash and added it myself. The funny thing is that I wasn't really feeling the love for this skirt the whole way through making it, think to myself "well, I probably won't wear this as it's a bit boring but I'm making it to learn how to sew" - and as soon as I added the red band I totally fell for it! Amazing how adding one small thing can change something completely!
  • The main negative I have for the skirt is that the dark blue cotton attracts white fluff like bees to honey and it gets crushed the moment you put it on which is a big pain.
All in all, I'm a fan - and I'm just happy that I have finally made something all by my ownsome! And as a little added bonus I made a matching flower brooch out of the red fabric:

OK - lets try and keep this momentum going and get some more FOs churned out!


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  1. That skirt is so lovely! You did a great job!

  2. Great job! The skirt looks adorable. Isn't it so fun to make something for yourself?! I love it!

  3. so CUTE! I need to start sewing for myself!

  4. That looks so pretty! WOW you're so creative, I could never ever sew anything even if my life depends on it hahaha. Btw, I'm loving your new layout here :D

  5. Thanks for your lovely comments guys! :)


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