Sunday, October 20, 2013

Modern McCalls meets 1930s Inspired

Finding cute skirt patterns can sometimes be a challenge. When I saw an unused pattern of McCalls 4924 (now out of print) for sale and in my size, there was no hesitation to purchase it.
My favorite views were A and B, and knew that my vintage woolen yardage would be perfect for this pattern. For days I was trying to decide if I wanted lace insets. Part of me liked the idea but then I wondered how modest it would be. I thought about doing solid fabric like this cute dress features, but my sister suggested that it might make the skirt look more "homemade." I came across a picture of this 1930s suit on pinterest, and thought that it wouldn't look so bad using the same fabric, so that's what I ended up using.

Since I avoid alterations if they can be helped, I made view B as is and love it. So onto the pictures... :) These pictures were taken this morning after church.

Maybe it's my imagination, but the buttons above the pleated insets really add that vintage touch to the skirt, don't you think? Excuse the wrinkles. After all, I was sitting in church. ;)

Etienne Aigner herringbone oxford-styled heels match wonderfully!
And like I said I would, I used the lace seam binding on the inside waistband. Sorry, no picture of that. ;)
There is about 1 yard left of this herringbone wool, and when my Dad saw it he said it would make great speaker covers (ie. sound speakers for a living room). :P Unless he really wants it, I think it will be tucked away in my stash bin for something else. Perhaps made up in a men's vintage style vest?


~ Shannon said...

It's lovely, Cheri! I've really been looking forward to seeing the finished project, and it certainly didn't dissapoint! You matched the fabric and pattern perfectly (which, I think, is the difference between clothing that's made at home and clothing that LOOKS like it was made at home :-). And the buttons are the perfect touch!

You've inspired me to do some fall sewing now!


Laura said...

Hey, I have that pattern too! I made a '30s style skirt out of gabardine soon after I learned to sew. Your skirt turned out very pretty. You are right about those buttons. They add a nice touch. I love herringbone wool. :)

Cheri said...

Shannon and Laura,

Thanks to you both for your thoughtful comments. I enjoyed reading both of them. :)

Lily said...

I really love this fabric! :-) And the buttons are such a cute idea and really "make" the look. :-)

Cheri said...

Aww, thanks Lily! It has been a favorite skirt to wear this season.