Border Marc Jacobs Maxi Skirt

Oh, the maxi skirt, where have you been all my life?  I do love this look but needed a dressier maxi in my closet and in my wardrobe.  Enter this fabulous Mood Fabrics’ Italian Marc Jacobs Border Print and the idea of a straight maxi with a nice side slit.

 

Mood Fabrics' Marc Jacobs border print perfect for a side slit Maxi skirt

 

For my pattern, I went with McCall’s 6755 and if you check out that pattern it looks nothing like my skirt.  The McCall’s pattern has a curved piece front and back, which I did not want or need for my skirt.  I just pinned all the pieces together, overlapping seam allowances and had one front and back piece.  I did take special care to match the border print on the side seams for a clean look.

Mood Fabrics' border print wool fabric perfect for a maxi skirt

 

What isn’t there to love about a border print and this fabric has such a graphic bold look which makes my skirt pop.  Do you ever get that happy accident?  I did for this skirt, with the match of the pattern.  I ordered 2 yards of this border fabric and it was just enough to make this skirt, so I was only concentrating on making the lines match horizontally.  Take a look at my happy accident. there is a seam  in the photo.  Can you remember one of your happy accidents?  Don’t they just bring a smile to your face?

Side seam of McCall's 6755

 

I did some fitting with this skirt before I attached the waistband.  With this initial fitting, I did find  skirt to hit very high on the waist.  So high, in fact,  I had to take off 2″ from the top of the skirt to get it to a comfortable point on my waist.  Also, I eliminated the front darts, I just don’t have  that much waist curve and the back darts were just perfect for the curve of  my derriere!  I stitched the slit side seam to the point I thought would be enough for walking ease.

Mood Fabrics' Italian Marc Jacobs border print using McCall's 6755 with side slit

I underestimated the walking ease and had to lengthen the side slit by a few inches.  I did not line this skirt at all, the wool is not scratchy at all plus the wrong side of the skirt is black which looks fine peaking through the slit.  Plus most days, I won’t be walking through the snow in 16 degree weather with 20 mph wind gusts blowing my skirt all around!

For the waistband, I used a solid black portion of the yardage.  My thought process for this was the black would make the waist look smaller and break up the print a bit.  I did interface the waistband and add a skirt hook closure.

Mood Fabric's Marc Jacobs border print for a maxi skirt.

 

 

Mood Fabric's Marc Jacobs border print for a maxi skirt.

 

 

 

My new maxi skirt is perfect for my wardrobe, I think it will work from casual to dressier occasions and it will transition from this cold winter weather to spring and summer just fine.  Even though there is some wool in this fabric, it is a lighter weight with nice drape and will really work for all temperatures.

Mood Fabric's Marc Jacobs border print for a maxi skirt.

 

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Comments


  • Peter
    February 26, 2015

    Beautiful skirt, Lori. The fit is great!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thank you, Peter, it was fun to make and took just a bit of fitting to make it just right.

  • sallie
    February 26, 2015

    Great skirt Lori! And fantastic job print matching! I just love happy accidents!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thanks, Sallie, it is so fun when it comes together like that.

  • Cissie
    February 26, 2015

    Love your maxi skirt, Lori! You are one brave and dedicated poster to get out in that weather! Brrrr.

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thank you Cissie, it is all in the name of good lighting! We did work quickly to take some photos and to get out of the cold.

  • ME Pendleton
    February 26, 2015

    Wow wow – great job Lori . I’ve always loved border prints & you did a fabulous job !!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thank you, ME, I had to have this border print but it did stump me for a bit.

  • Joen
    February 26, 2015

    I’m a maxi skirt fan – the fabric choice is perfect for a maxi. Great job!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thanks, Joen, the maxi is just so versatile and fun to wear.

  • Mary Danielson
    February 26, 2015

    What a lovely skirt, Lori! You showcased the border print beautifully and it’s such a chic piece. Also, I hope you warmed up with some cocoa, after these photos. That’s some impressive snow!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thanks, Mary, it is a lovely piece of fabric. The snow seems to be a weekend, thing another 6″ yesterday but I am hoping it is the last snow of the season.

  • Ginger
    February 26, 2015

    This print really packs a punch! I am always a bit scared of border prints, but this looks amazing!! I still can’t believe that perfect pattern matching was an accident! Crazy!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      It is crazy, Sonja but a perfect crazy. Thanks, I really like my new skirt.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 26, 2015

    Beautiful skirt! Your happy accident is what all sewists need once in a while :)

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      You are right Sarah, they are a boost in confidence and fun. Thanks so much.

  • AC
    February 26, 2015

    love your skirt. The border really makes it pop. I’ve resisted maxi. After seeing yours, I’m rethinking that.

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Oh, AC, you do need a maxi skirt, you will love it.

  • Faye Lewis
    February 26, 2015

    Oh Lori I love your skirt. Just the right length, shape and print. Perfect!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thanks, Faye, I appreciate it.

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    February 27, 2015

    I’m a maxi dress lover, and your skirt is fantastic. I love the border and the straight option was the way to go. PERFECT!

    • Lori
      March 1, 2015

      Thanks, Sandra, I am pleased with the straight skirt and ready for no snow so I can really wear this one.

  • Fiona
    March 3, 2015

    Maxi skirts and dresses are one of my favourite things to wear too Lori! I love how you’ve used the border print on this one, it was the perfect choice of garment for it!

    • Lori
      March 4, 2015

      Thank you so much, Fiona, I really had fun making this one.

  • Sarah Wilson
    March 7, 2015

    Great job, it hangs just right and looks fabulous.

    • Lori
      March 25, 2015

      Thank you, Sarah, I love my skirt.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 12, 2015

    Lovely lovely choice of a graphic print! Maxi skirts are just the best to wear and I like how you have paired this with a denim jacket.
    I’m always fascinated by the snow pictures… while I’ve been to ‘the snow’ several times I cannot fathom living somewhere so cold!

    • Lori
      March 25, 2015

      Thank you, Lizzy, I will wear the heck out of this skirt. I always enjoy the snow but by the time is is March I am ready for it to be gone!

  • Amanda
    March 19, 2015

    there’s nothing quite like a great maxi skirt – they’re my mainstay in the summer especially :) Love it with this beautiful border print – perfection! :)

    • Lori
      March 25, 2015

      Thank you, Amanda, this is only my 2nd maxi skirt but I know I need more in my closet.