Sewing My Stash | McCall's 8150

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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.


The Pattern

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.)


Pattern Rating

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.

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Sewing My Stash

Pattern Alterations

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Sewing My Stash
Sewing My Stash

Lining Fabric

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).

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Sewing My Stash

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.)

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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.

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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.

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Sewing My Stash

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.

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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!

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Sewing My Stash

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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If you’d like to see the other patterns I’ve sewn from my stash in 2022, click the links below.

Thanks for stopping by,

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES! 


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This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. LJ

    I happily stumbled upon your review! Thanks for sharing especially the pictures. Yours turned out great!

  2. Annette

    So helpful and what beautiful colours. Thank you!

  3. Zina Henry

    Thank you for this lovely and detailed review. I appreciate your thoroughness. This is a beautiful skirt and top. I loved your mix of prints/colors and I love how you styled it. Way to rock it out!

  4. Rushiette Latimer

    Your skirt is absolutely gorgeous. I love the way it drapes on you. I also love the kielo wrap dress; it was beautiful. The color was divine and suited you very well. I love the way you encourage other woman to keep on keeping on. It is not often that you find women that will encourage one another to keep our heads up. Thank you for sending me an email and sending me a gracious big smile only God could have gave you. I have enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures. Now, only if I could sew like that I would have a web site or a blog maybe. I must leave you with this: I can see the presence of the Lord all over you and I would like to leave a word of encouragement for you. Proverbs 31:30 -31 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates..
    Keep up the beautiful work.

    1. Anita Morris

      Rushiette!!! You have blessed my entire heart with your message. Oh, how I receive every word. Light attracts light. I feel completely humbled that God would allow His light to shine through me in a way that would be recognizable by others. Thank you for the encouragement, sister. I need it and embrace it with my whole heart. God bless you, Rushiette. ?

  5. Margarett

    Very nice and love the colors on you

  6. Allie

    Love it! Very fun. Do you have a tutorial for the belt!?

  7. Marsha

    Love Love Love it!!!!!!

  8. Sara

    Anita that is beautiful I love that skirt

  9. Gwendolyn Styles

    Wonderful job Anita! You look great!

  10. Bernetta Knox

    Anita, I love this tiered skirt on you. The color combinations are so cheerful and bright. What a wonderful way to celebrate Resurrection Day. You look simply amazing❣?

  11. Charisse Colbert

    Yessss! Happy Resurrection Sunday Anita!
    I Love this skirt, the colors are perfect for spring and you styled it beautifully!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Angela Rivera

      Its nice the Easter outfit you had fun and overall it looks good on you. I’m trying to do more sewing and I’m getting there I’ll be following again soon. Keep doing the blessings God poured into you to share and gave you purpose. Like the tshirt will purchase. God Bless Angela

  12. Lynnette

    Very nice…I love the tip on using the bed sheets foe lining! Thanks & God bless you!

  13. De

    Happy Resurrection Day, Anita!! You are decked out in spring colors and they go great with your smile. When one of my granddaughters was younger, I made her a tiered dress. She loved the tiers of polka dots and stripes!! I truly believe you will get a lot of wear from this skirt as time progresses. Enjoy!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, I plan to get lots of wear from this skirt. The tiered dress for your granddaughter sounds fun.

  14. Shorine Hargrove

    Happy Easter Anita I love that skirt and will be buying that pattern.

  15. Joan

    Very lovely as always! 🙂

  16. Edwidge

    Thanks Anita
    You have included all the details I need to make myself this lovely skirt.

    Happy Easter

  17. Jean D LaPalme

    awesome i even think my daughter would love this in the brown and beige tints.

  18. Monica

    Absolutely love everything about it.

  19. Clara

    Absolutely stunning! Love both the skirt and the top and you wear them perfectly. I make most of my patterns via rulers and bakery paper and my fabric stash is overwhelmingly out of control. I will be making summer maxie dresses soon. Enjoy your holiday and thank you for sharing. God bless

    1. Anita Morris

      What an awesome skill to be able to make your own patterns. I laughed about your fabric stash. ?

  20. Dorothy

    Oops typo in my previous post.. ( I meant skirt and not skin) ?

  21. Dorothy

    Good morning Ms Anita and Happy Resurrection Day. I love the skin and may give it a try down the line. Just trying to get back into sewing. By the way it’s a good look on you. Have a Blessed Day..

  22. Dagmar

    Hallo Anita, beautiful, inspirative and stunning as always! I love skirts. You look gorgeous! I have just sewn a simple A line skirt and helped my mum to fix the lining in my son’s Winter-Fall coat. Happy Easter!??

  23. Florence

    So wonderful to see you in my inbox this morning! You are Fabulous as always and I pray God continues to bless you, your family, and everything your hands touch?