McCall’s M6931: Easy, pleated skirt with pockets. Pockets!
I first saw this pattern on the Curvy Sewing Collective’s Tried and True Pattern Page. Jenny, from Cashmerette, has made several fabulous skirts in this pattern and they are envy-inducing! So envy-inducing that I had to try one myself. Plus, it has pockets! McCall’s bills this as an “easy” pattern and sets out 90 minutes to make. As a beginner I plead 90 minutes to lay out the pattern and cut it out. Right now I have to do this on the floor with 2 cats, so it really is a task! Did you know that cats love sewing pattern paper? Well, mine do.
I’ll be honest with you, this is not included in my 5 item 2016 Sewing Goal because I completed everything but the invisible hem in 2015. Then the holiday juggernaut of “Thanksmas” came along and wiped out all of my sewing time for the rest of the year. I finally finished it up about a month ago. I will definitely be making more!This first skirt is made of 100% cotton print since that is what I am familiar with sewing right now. Don’t adjust your screen! It really is a bright blue gingham background and cheerful little lemons all over! (I think I am also still in the new sewer phase of buying busy, “twee” patterned fabrics.) The clearance fabric section of my local sewing store is especially tempting. A concerted effort is being made to purchase more realistic, adult fabrics. *Update: I just bought Disney’s The Jungle Book patterned cotton fabric for summer shorts. So…we’ll just say I am still working on that concerted effort.
Pleats combine with an elastic waist is kind of a mind-bender for a beginner but once I figured out how they work together, it is ingenious and very forgiving! I pinned the pleats in place and then tried it on and it was a little too snug when I sat down so I re-pinned each pleat until they were slightly smaller than the pattern recommended. When I tried it on again it was a little large, but I figured the elastic would take care of that and it did. Speaking of elastic, the pattern calls for 1″ knit elastic, I only had 3/4″ on hand so I used that. Next time I will try the 1″ elastic. I think it would make the waist look a little more elegant.
I made no effort whatsoever to match the fabric on any of the 5 panels. Maybe someday I will give that a shot, but this fabric has so much going on that the mismatched seams do not bother me at all. I did teach myself how to sew an invisible hem, albeit not a terribly consistent invisible hem. I used a matching blue thread to sew the entire thing together, but when it came the the hem the little blue dots in the lemons really stood out to me. I tried white thread and that seemed like the way to go. I finally put an outfit together so I could take some pictures!