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Pattern Review: McCall’s 6654 Straight Knit Skirt

2014 November 9
by elizabeth_admin

Oh boy!  I haven’t done a pattern review in a while.  I guess I’ve been using a lot of TNT patterns lately.  I am really excited about this pattern, so read on to find out why.  But first a little background on how this skirt came to be…  Last year I pinned a MaxMara skirt to my LFN Style Pinterest board.  I instantly fell in love with this skirt.  I loved the color-blocking and chic simplicity of the skirt.

MaxMara Skirt

MaxMara Skirt

 

I knew instantly I could recreate it using double knits instead of wovens.   AND, I had the perfect pattern in my stash to try.  Enter: McCall’s 6654.  And now for the pattern review.

 

M6654

M6654

 

Pattern Description:  Misses’ Skirts in 7 lengths.  Semi-fitted or loose-fitting skirts have elasticized waistband (waist down), and narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I originally placed the pattern pieces about 1 3/8 inches away from the folded edge, because I thought the size 14 would be too small.  Boy, was I wrong.  I ended up cutting off all that I added and using smaller seam allowances for the sz 14.  

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?   I think I made mine a little less body con, but yes, I think it does look like the picture.  

Were the instructions easy to follow?   I didn’t really need them, but they were definitely easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

LIKES:

  • This pattern was perfect for my skirt and for double knits
  • Super easy to sew
  • Loved the instructions for sewing on the waistband.  
    • The skirt front and back are not that fitted at the waist when you sew them together.  I thought that it might be too big.  But you stretch the waist band (which is smaller than the circumference of the skirt pieces) as you sew after you match up all the centers, side seams and notches.  This nips in the waist of the skirt and distributes the fullness of the skirt where you need it.  It looks flat and skims the body, but you definitely have all the ease you need.  Ingenious!  I’ve always sized up a woven straight skirt pattern for this kind of thing, but sizing up doesn’t handle the waist ease and waistband awesomeness of this pattern which was designed for knits.
    • The waistband is sewn together with a hole in the CB seam.  Then you fold it over wrong sides together.  They say to baste it, but then you can’t stretch the areas you need to stretch, so I recommend skipping that part.  I just pinned it to the top of the skirt and serged it together, stretching where I needed to.  Once you have the elastic in the casing, just hand sew the hole close.  Easy!

DISLIKES:

  • NONE!

Fabric used: Double knits for all three pieces.

Pattern changes or design changes made:  I added color blocking to mimic my inspiration skirt.  I just guesstimated the proportions and added the necessary seam allowances.  I sewed the color blocking of the front and back of the skirt first, pressed the seams, and then sewed the front to the back before added the waistband and hem.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern?  Not unless you count the sizing gaffe I made at first.  Very easy sew!

How long did it take you to make it really?  Hmmm…  Probably about 3 hours including cutting.  It would have been shorter had I not color blocked.

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  I used my serger for all the seams.  I would have used my Husqvarna for a blind hem, but it didn’t like the double knit fabric and the stitches never caught the fabric.  So then I just used the coverstitch for the hem.  It looks more sporty rather than invisible, but I didn’t feel like futzing with it.  I had an event to wear it to that night, so I just went with the path of least resistance.

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  Definitely!!!  This pattern is a keeper. 

Conclusion:  Great skirt pattern.  Love that waist band treatment and how the ease is eased in.  You can’t go wrong with this pattern.

 

And here’s how I wore it to the party!

IMG_0751

 

Happy sewing everyone!

18 Responses leave one →
  1. November 9, 2014

    Nice job with this skirt!

  2. November 9, 2014

    You did a wonderful job on this skirt! Glad to see you sewing for yourself again!

  3. November 9, 2014

    I love it! You look beautiful as always. Thanks for the pattern review!

  4. November 9, 2014

    Wow, so pretty.

  5. November 9, 2014

    Very nice skirt. I think you nailed the color blocking.

  6. November 10, 2014

    wow that is so cute, love it and the proportions look perfect. It looks great with boots (not that I imaging you are having any autumnal weather 🙂

  7. November 10, 2014

    Max Mara eat your heart out!

  8. November 10, 2014

    this is great! it looks so crisp & great for autumn

  9. November 10, 2014

    vurrry cute Elizabeth!

  10. The McCall Pattern Company permalink
    November 10, 2014

    Love this skirt on you, Elizabeth! Great job. You look adorable. —Meg

  11. November 10, 2014

    Now why would you not sew when you can make something like this? So stylish.

  12. November 10, 2014

    Love the skirt on you Elizabeth – the colour blocked effect is fab, great sewing 🙂

  13. November 10, 2014

    Awesome!

  14. November 11, 2014

    i’ve had this color combo in my head lately, love how it translates to your skirt. beautiful job!

  15. November 15, 2014

    You did a great job with the skirt! I love that you are blogging again!

  16. November 15, 2014

    p.s. I thought of you again when I was at Kashi’s for PR Day last Friday. Kelly green always makes me think of you!

  17. November 20, 2014

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been looking for a skirt like this. 🙂

  18. Allie permalink
    October 15, 2015

    A different size needle may make your regular sewing machine like your knit. Instead of a 70, try an 80 for knits. 60’s work well for really light stuff. 90’s are for pant fabrics usually. I usually try out needles on a small scrap to see what works well together. And your regular needle might just be worn out. I would start there to fix your problem.

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