Pattern Review: McCall’s 6654 Straight Knit Skirt
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.
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.
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?
- 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!
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!
Happy sewing everyone!