Perky Stretch-Cotton Pencil Skirt
This winter has been a very long and very cold one for much of the United States and I for one am getting quite tired of it. So if I can’t beat the cold temperatures, my wardrobe can add some warmth to winter. Color…. bright and bold to counteract white snow and gray skies. For the brightest and bold color, I picked Mood Fabrics’ Nanette Lepore Orange Retro Print Stretch Cotton. It is just a mid-winter’s dream. I love this pop of color and it gives me hope spring is coming (only 40-some days away).
My pattern for this fabulous fabric is McCall’s 5523, a skirt that is business in the front, look at those classic lines…
…but then a bit of party in the back. I wanted a pattern that would add a bit of fun to this vibrant fabric and this McCall’s pattern does just that. In fact, there is four choices for this lower back. I felt the pleats matched this fabric.
I purchased just a yard of this fabric and I was so lucky to get this skirt out of the yard. I have made this pattern before and already know it runs long. I used the petite adjustment to take an inch from the length, which is a bit ironic since I am 5’8″ tall. It was a good solution to shorten the skirt and to match the horizontal lines at all the seams.
I used an invisible zipper on the side seam of my skirt. One thing I do like to do when matching a zipper is to stitch a small section and then check my alignment. I feel this makes it easier–if the fabric print is not aligned, I just have to un-sew a small bit. In this case, my horizontal lines matched perfectly, so I just stitched the full length of the zipper.
I know one thing, Old Man Winter, go ahead bring on that 5″ of snow this week, I am ready for you. My spirit is lightened and warmed with this bright and bold new skirt!
This fabric was wonderful to sew and pressed like a dream. I know I will wear it all year long and enjoy the bright and bold colors. Here is one final shot, this one shows off the fabric and the skirt the best.