Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stripe Maxi Skirt - McCall's 6966

A quick and easy pattern is always a great thing for the summer, which is what I selected for a maxi skirt.  McCall's 6966 was my pattern of choice and isn't this version cute one  and the stripes just make it cuter?  Or should I say more stylish?


I went with Girl Charlee's chrome gray ash stripe bamboo lycra , which states it is a true medium weight with a 4-way stretch.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

Take note, this pattern takes quite a bit of fabric, almost 3 yards.  But guess who only ordered 2 yards?   Yep, me but I was determined to make it work.  My middle front section, stripes are not the correct direction but I think it works just fine. 

I made a small and straightened the flare at the bottom a bit.  Yes, this was due to the fabric shortage. 

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

With just enough fabric to cut out a front and back waistband I felt relieved.  Yes, I did it, the skirt is ready to sew.  One problem, the facings for the waistband.  An Old Navy gray t-shirt from my closet came to the rescue.  I had not worn it all year and now it could be used in a great way.

On this side view, you can see the back, not at all like the instructions tell you to cut it.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

Here is the drawing, View D, is stripe version.  I had to use the back piece from View C and create my own unique pattern.


This is so easy to make, if you have a couple of hours and three yards of knit fabric , create a new maxi skirt.  Something to jazz up your summer wardrobe for the last half of summer. I know I get tired of my summer clothes after the 4th of July and need to add some new garments to the choices.

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

The wind is getting the best of me here, but the skirt looks pretty blown back into my legs!  Ha! 

Girls in the Garden - McCall's 6966 stripe maxi with Girl Charlee fabric

I like the gray color, this skirt will work well into the first part of fall.

12 comments:

  1. Cute skirt. In my opinion, there is no right or wrong with the stripes, all patterns are a dropping off point for the sewist to design. Actually the front change looks good and creates chevron look. Good job making the fabric work and your idea for the t-shirt as facing was so smart and creative, which I made note of for my feature fabric shortage.

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  2. love those windswept stripes lori! i'll bet it feels like you have a breeze even when there isn't one.

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  3. Oh this skirt is so cute! I don't have any striped knit or I'd be making one for myself (shopping from my "resource center). Great job "making it work" (HT to Tim Gunn).

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  4. Yes Lori! You made it work...good for you. This skirt looks fabulous! Nice work!

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  5. Looks great! I'm loving the maxi skirts and dress for summer so comfortable.

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  6. Looks great. I use old t-shirts all the time for fabric. Good save.

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  7. Love the skirt. You worked your magic with less fabric and it turned out perfect.

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  8. Glad you made it...I like yours and that's good because I have the pattern and fabric to make it also. :)

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  9. I like it. Yes, the redirection of the stripe does work. Sometimes I play tetris with the pattern pieces trying to make everything fit on a less than required piece of fabric. Great job. BTW- I like how you styled this with the red belt. Cute casual outfit.

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  10. Great skirt! You look fantastic!

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  11. I JUST picked this (and three other) McCall's patterns from Hobby Lobby last Saturday. Now tackling stripes...another deal. :-). Very nice and looks comfortable, too. :-)

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