A certain someone has likened my 1940 McCall Project to Fonzie's shenanigans on that one Happy Days special that involved waterskiing, a shark infested pool and a very dapper looking Fonzy. So I dedicate this post to taking risks but doing so while always keeping your own personal style like the Fonz'. In reality, I think Mr. Pattern Boldness just wanted to taunt me with the fact that he owns one of the best McCall patterns from 1940 (McCall 3640). What are the chances? I might just have to bribe him to make a copy for me...lol..
Now onto the 'Jumpin' the Sharks' skirts, aka McCall 3968...
The Fabric(s): I've made two versions of this skirt pattern: The first, in a wonderful navy lightweight wool, and the second one in a lime green crepe back satin. The wool fabric is perfect for this skirt, it has a nice flair and holds the shape really well. The crepe back satin, on the other hand, isn't to my liking as a fabric for this skirt. Mostly because 1) it's too light, especially for Scotland, and 2) it's difficult to invisibly hand hem on this fabric (resulting in a puckered look at the hem). You can really see the hem in the photo below. Alas, lesson learned. The wool skirt, on the other hand, gets tons of wear. I just love it! It goes with everything.
This pattern goes together very quickly. It is a four-gore skirt with a basic waistband. It took me about 4 hours to cut out and sew the skirt, making it a really quick sewing project.
I interlined the navy skirt waistband with petersham and the lime skirt with regular interfacing. The skirt closes on the side with a zipper and a single button on the waistband.
I sewed seam binding onto the hem of both skirts before hand hemming them. I have a 2.5 inch hem which I could probably shorten for the future especially if I make it up again in a lighter fabric.
The 1940 McCall Project Rating
I give this skirt pattern a solid 4 out of 5 stars for 1940 fabulousness. It really is a very versatile and wardrobe building skirt.
Also, check out Inkyknits version on the vintage pattern wiki. So lovely!