Sewing My Stash | McCall's 8150
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
This is pattern #5 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. When I thought about what I would make for Easter this year, I wanted to do something different. I’ve never sewn a tiered skirt before so McCall’s 8150 was a great option. It came out in 2020, so it hasn’t been in my pattern collection that long. I think I purchased it last year.
McCall’s 8150 offers three different versions of a flare, tiered skirt. View A is a short version with an attached ruffle at the bottom. The midi length of View B is very appealing and makes the skirt appropriate for many occasions. However, my eye was drawn to the line drawing of View C because I thought it would make a beautiful maxi skirt. (To purchase this pattern, follow the link below my signature near the bottom of this post.)
I rate this pattern as Advanced-Beginner friendly. If you’ve learned the basics of sewing, you should be able to handle this project. However, it requires patience because there’s a lot of hemming on the curve, which makes this a great pattern to practice that skill. You will also need to be careful in grouping the pattern pieces after cutting, especially when using the same fabric for all tiers. This is definitely a project that I recommend you take your time sewing.
Fortunately, for me, I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the pattern. I sewed a size 14 right from the package. I used a 1 – 1/4″ elastic instead of the 1″ recommended. There was way more extra room inside the casing than I like when inserting elastic. I really like the skirt length because I can wear it with flat sandals too.
If you’re new to sewing, I recommend starting with a basic circle skirt pattern before jumping into this project. Starting with a smaller project will help you to become familiar with sewing and hemming on the curve. Without knowing the basics, this could easily become an overwhelming project if you’re just getting started on your sewing journey.
The pattern envelope suggests Cotton Blends, Lawn, and Tafetta. I used a Bubble Gauze Fabric (100% Cotton) that I purchased from our local JoAnn Fabrics. I opted for alternating the tiers with two different fabrics. The pastel stripes and pastel blue seemed like a great combination. I knew the stripes would not fall vertically all the way around the tiers because circular cuts are biased, but I decided to go with it anyway. (To purchase similar fabrics, follow the links below my signature near the bottom of this post.) If you are new to sewing, stick with fabrics that don’t require pattern matching.
These fabrics were actually purchased for another project but I decided to use them for this skirt instead. In fact, I had to go back to purchase an extra yard of the blue gauze because I didn’t have enough for this skirt.
Pre-Treating the Fabric
I always pretreat my fabric when I bring it home so that it’s ready when I want to sew. Since gauze frays easily, I serged the cut edges with my Baby Lock Vibrant before washing to prevent the threads from knotting in the machine. It really makes a big difference.
I used an old, white bed sheet to sew the lining panels. The flounces are attached to the lining pieces. The patterns instructions walk you through the entire process nicely. I keep old bed sheets for sewing muslins (practice garments). A good place to purchase bed sheets is your local thrift store. Our store doesn’t accept used sheets anymore, so we can purchase them new at low cost (especially on color sticker days).
Styling the Skirt
Since it’s kind of windy and a bit cool where I live (at least when I’m typing this), I decided to sew a long-sleeve, crew-neck top using one of my TNT Patterns, Burda 6990 (out-of-print). You may be able to find the pattern on Ebay, Amazon, Etsy, or anywhere older patterns are sold. This is a 1-hour project for me because I’ve sewn it so many times. I used a lightweight rib knit that I purchased from Hobby Lobby a while ago. (To purchase the fabric, follow the link below my signature near the bottom of this post.)
Although you can’t see the the shoes underneath the dress, I paired the skirt with these cute marigold, strappy heels that match the rib knit fabric perfectly. They’re also a great match for the marigold stripe in the multi-color bubble gauze.
The outfit needed something extra and I decided, during the planning stage, that I would make a matching belt. The skirt has an elastic waistband, but I knew I wouldn’t like it without a belt. Therefore, I used the leftover blue, bubble gauze and a belt buckle that I purchased from our local thrift store to make a belt. I always look for large buckles because I think they add to the look.
The embroidered handbag was gifted to me years ago and I thought the style and colors were perfect for the outfit. Finally, I added a pair of big hoop earrings.
This skirt is very versatile and I can see myself wearing it so many places. I would change up the look by pairing it with a tank top and sandals with a big, floppy hat. I can also see it being worn as a strapless dress. What about styling it with a crisp button down shirt? That would be really cute with a layer of pearls! Oh YES! So many styling options!
I’m very pleased with the outcome of my Easter outfit. What about you? If you celebrate the Resurrection, did you make a special outfit to wear today? I would love to hear about it. Share with me in the comments below.
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials I mentioned in this post.
- McCall’s 8150 Pattern
- Bubble Gauze Fabric
- Rib Knit Fabric | More Rib Knit
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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