Friday, August 21, 2009

McCall 5591 View A

Pattern Description: Mid-knee length, pleated skirts have faced yoke and back zipper closure

I made a modified version of view A. Originally view A calls for slash front pockets with band and contrasting lower band, however I omitted the contrasting lower band.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22. I cut a straight 14 but added length to the pattern piece since I was omitting the contrast.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Very much so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I honestly did not look at the instructions when it came to sewing. I glanced at them but you can pretty much look at the drawings and see what to do. Pleats can be intimidating/time consuming but this weren't all that bad. I also like how there were separate instructions for each view instead of skipping around between views like I have seen lately.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I did not have any dislikes with this pattern. It went together fairly quickly and without issues which is always great. I really like the pleats on this skirt and the overall effect they had for this very cute skirt. I also like the fact that I had no make no alterations to this skirt as far as fitting was considered. Another plus.

Fabric Used: A cotton sateen with just a hint of stretch from It was called 'Cotton Sateen Jackie Peach'

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: As previously stated I omitted the contrasting band from view A. I could have just as easily made view B but I liked the pockets from A. In retrospect I probably eliminated one of the key design elements but at the same time I wanted to keep it simple. I felt this print was fine on it's own and adding a solid contrast made it too bottom heavy and not flattering on my figure/height. I used a a medium-weight interfacing for the yoke. I mention that because somehow the yoke-facing ended up being a good 1 1/2 inches shorter after I faced it which was really odd. Because of that I ended up doing a lapped zipper in the back. It still turned out very well. The only thing is that my pleats aren't symmetrical in the back but no one should be staring at my behind anyway so they shouldn't notice. I am patting myself on the back for being able to make a design change on the fly and not get frustrated.

I also top-stitched the yoke instead of under-stitching.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may break this out again next spring when I need some instant gratification, but as for now it is being retired as a move on to my fall/winter wardrobe. I would recommend this to others because I found it to be a quick and simple project.

Conclusion: I am pleased with my result and would recommend this pattern. It definitely allows you to quickly add to your spring/summer wardrobe.

Bottom Line:
Fabric-Cotton Sateen Jackie Peach 1.5 yds at $2.49=3.74