Saturday, 10 January 2015

McCalls 3830 strikes again

My first make of 2015! This was the skirt that I referred to in this post - I had the fabric pieces cut up for months; in fact, they moved house with me 9 months ago! 

You may remember my ultimate work skirt, and the version before that, but the time has come for another work skirt! 

This time it's made in a plaid heavyweight flannel/brushed cotton, which, despite its lovely fluffiness, feels and looks more like a suiting/tweed. It's the perfect fabric that I could've asked for -- easy to sew with (after pattern matching, but that was a distant memory by the time I came to assemble the skirt), comfortable and warm to wear, and smart to look at.  

This version is almost identical to the last one, with the only tweak being that the waistband has been widened slightly. This means that from View D of the pattern (McCalls 3830), my version is scaled down to a size 4, with a 3cm waistband and lining added.  

If you are wondering how to add the waistband and lining - this tutorial is for you! 

Here's the skirt inside out: 

I love the funky lining - I think the orange sets off the orange lines in the skirt perfectly. 

As with last time, I hand blind hemmed the skirt again. Here's what it looks like on the inside. 


And that's it! I'm pleased to have this addition to my work wardrobe, and still in time for the cold weather. 

How about you? What's your first project this year? 

12 comments:

  1. So far mine is only cut out. It's a Summer dress from fabric I bought with vouchers I was given for Christmas 2013 from my two closest friends. I didn't want to cut the fabric for ages in case it went wrong but I have finally bitten the bullet. Just to get on with the sewing now. :)

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    1. That's a good start! Sometimes I think the cutting out is the worst/most boring bit, as the assembly itself is quite rewarding! Happy sewing x

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  2. This fits you so beautifully! It's really sewn nicely, too! Love your lining choice! I haven't finished a project yet (unless you count silkscreening a RTW t-shirt for my husband, heeheehee), but I'm working on a Rigel bomber for the sewalong and a faux fur coat. :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm not going to tell my hubby about all the projects you selflessly make for your husband :p

      Yes, I'm loving the sound of your "sew-together". I would've loved to take part, but decided not to in the end as I don't think the Rigel bomber is something that I would end up wearing. But you never know - seeing all the versions from your sewalong may just change my mind!

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  3. I love this print combo- nicely done!

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  4. What a beautifully hand stitched hem! This silhouette combined with the loose blouse really suits you Alice

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words Fiona! I have a soft spot for a hand blind catchstitched hem - I think it really finishes off a garment nicely :D

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  5. Such a classic skirt and it fits you very well!

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    1. Thank you :) I love its shape, which I think is why I keep turning to this pattern - it's a slim cut, but not quite tight as a pencil skirt.

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  6. Great skirt! And what lovely insides. I'm always impressed by neat inards!

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    1. Thank you Elena! You can really tell how much I love an item by turning it inside out... just saying :p

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