McCall’s 5591

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Look at me…Posting!  Writing!  SEWING!!!  I tell ya, this has not been the “Summer of Sewing” at my house; that is, until this week while the kids are away at camp (sing Handel’s Halleluiah chorus here).  So, cheers to me for sewing (and finishing) something!  It’s big, I kid you not!

I‘ve had this gorgeous Amy Butler Lotus fabric in my stash for a while, as well as this great pattern, McCall’s 5591.  This is a pleated skirt with yoke, back zipper, and slant pockets.  Here are some more details:

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The slant pocket has a little reinforcing band piece.  You could use contrasting fabric here, so cute!

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Back view

The thing that gives this skirt interest is the pleating.  You can’t tell on my busy fabric, but the pleats are all different.  There is one big box pleat plus an additional pleat on each front and back side.  Since this is unwashed cotton, all the pleating makes this skirt “stand out”; I feel kinda like June Cleaver in this, LOL:

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See how poufy?  This will go down once the skirt gets washed, but I really like the effect as is!

The directions are very straightforward and easy to follow.  Since I did use plain cotton, I decided to “beef it up” underneath and use a Hong Kong finish:

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Look!  I even bound the zipper!  I’m in too much of a hurry to ever do that!  This is real big for me, let me tell ya!

I made up a size 12, with no alterations.  The fit it great.  Look at this cute zipper I picked up in a bundle at the last Sewing Expo.  This was at the Vogue Fabrics booth.  I know, it’s a bit too green for the fabric, but I couldn’t resist the cute silver pull! 

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One change I made was to topstitch down the pleats, about 3 inches from the top.  Then they release beneath the tummy area. 

This is a great pattern, simple to make, with really nice results.  The pattern has different views so that you can make this as many times as you want, with a different resulting look each time.  I plan on making this again, as soon as I can.

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    • Shannon
    • July 25th, 2009

    Very cute skirt! I have this pattern and I have never made it up. I may just have to pull it out now after seeing your wonderful version!

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