Monday, April 28, 2014

McCall 3834: The 'Windy' Skirt


Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last two makes!  I don't know what happened between last week and this week but the sun has disappeared!  Perfect for a good ol' wool project.  Enter the skirt from McCall 3834:


I had enough fabric left over from my jacket (McCall 3769 or the 'Lantern Army' jacket) to make a matching skirt.  McCall 3834 was super easy and quick to sew with maybe 2 hours or so of construction time.  The skirt is very straight and there's only two major pieces.


I decided to leave the hem a bit longer because I love how it looks with the jacket.  What you can't see from the brown wool fabric is that there are tiny little flecks of blue in it.  So, I am planning on making a matching blouse in a similar blue colour to the one I'm wearing here (what can I say, I like blue blouses!!)  This blouse is from a 1950s Maudella pattern but I'd like another blouse without the bow necktie.


The beautiful flowers (violets?) give a false impression that spring is here! But as you can see from the photos, it was very windy and cold.  Scotland is very changeable in terms of weather.  Locals often joke that if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes and it will change!


Of course, that means I'll get a lot of wear out of this suit!!  I can't wait to make more suits from the 1940 McCall patterns...


Happy spring (or autumn) to you all!

19 comments:

  1. Great job, Debi! Fantastic pictures despite the Scottish weather too :-)

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  2. It's gorgeous! The weather is the same here over the border. Wool is just the job for keeping warm/cool in the damp UK. Those ladies from the past knew a thing or two!

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  3. We've been having some very cool spring weather here in NYC, too! Usually its 50 for about 2 days and then climbs to 80 and humid! I haven't dared out away all my woollies. LOVE the skirt. The slight a line is so flattering and makes it easy to walk in. I too have several blue blouses, just so versatile! Can't wait to see yours!
    Nancy N

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  4. The lovely flowers are called Primulas :)

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  5. You rock a good suit, Debi! Looking glamourous, as always :)

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  6. Nice! A beautifully make outfit that totally spans decades and will be both stylish and last you forever!

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  7. That.is.fantastic!! I love the whole look. And thanks for the reminder that straight 2 gore skirts are perfectly 1940s appropriate! Sometimes I get tired of 6 gore alines, and just want a straight up and down skirt like that. Lovely job on the jacket too--I can only hope to learn those kind of tailoring skills at some point.

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  8. Another great suit! So well fitted!

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  9. You must be a good model because I can't tell from your face how cold it is! Whenever I try to take pics outside in the cold, I toss all the photos after because I'm grimacing!

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  10. Gosh, this is gorgeous! I especially like the way you've topstitched the seams to make them stand out more- lovely detail!

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  11. Yep. Although, the primulas in the background are certainly the color of the spring violets in my lawn! (Deb, did you lead David "down the primrose path"?)

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  12. What a darling outfit! I love it!

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  13. Hmmm we have that exact same joke here in Chicago.

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  14. and Melbourne ;) 4 seasons in one day. Gorgeous suit, and yes, more blue blouses, they're divine ;)

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  15. We have that joke here in Pittsburgh, too. And we had it in Maine. tee hee.
    This suit is so dreamy, I love your blog! xx Angela

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  16. What a great suit! The 1940s style is delightful. Love the flowers in the background too :)

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  17. Classic and very stylish! I love the blouse too, I really should make (and wear) more of those :)

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  18. Such a beautiful outfit, your work is marvelous

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