MMM Skirt: Maasai Mara and McCall’s 5591
Mmm, I’m enjoying all these Ms. Reminds me of my all-time favorite candy — M&Ms.
Enough dreaming about chocolate. Let’s look at my new Maasai Mara skirt!
Pattern: McCall’s 5591 View A (the skirt on the left) — click on the photo for the link to the pattern listing
I love both of these fabrics!
(Due to the lighting differences, the color shades vary.)
Notions: navy invisible zipper and navy Hug Snug seam binding
This is a great pattern because:
1. it’s quick and easy
2. all 3 views are flattering styles for everybody
3. I love the way the pockets are done:
See the pocket bands? They are easy to do and they give the skirt a RTW look, don’t you think?
For the pocket facing, I used the Cilantro Voile:
I also used the Cilantro Voile for the yoke lining and the hem band:
You can see that I finished the yoke differently than patterns usually instruct. They say to turn under the raw edge and slipstitch it down. Instead, I used Hug Snug to finish the edges and then I stitched the lining down using the stitch-in-the-ditch method.
Here’s the inside back:
I did not hand-stitch the yoke lining at the top of the zipper either. Those edges are machine-stitched.
Can you see that my hem band is different from the pattern? It’s not as wide.
I used the hem band pattern piece as given, but here’s what I did:
1. stitched the side seams of the hem band
2. folded the hem band in half, WRONG sides together, making 2 layers
3. stitched the hem band to the bottom of the skirt, RIGHT sides together
4. folded the hem band to the inside and stitched-in-the-ditch to enclose the raw edge (this results in 4 layers of voile for the hem band)
I think it’s better to be seen than explained!
Here’s the finished inside:
And here’s the finished outside:
You can see the chartreuse stitches right above the hem band. That’s where I stitched-in-the-ditch.
I’m really happy with using the voile for the trim and for the facings.
The Dear Stella Maasai Mara fabric is medium-weight cotton. Medium-weight cotton might have been a bit heavy for the hem band, so the voile was perfect.
When it’s 105 degrees outside, as it is here in Texas, a skirt can be best for staying comfortable and as cool as possible.
I recommend this pattern and encourage you to try it.
Stay cool, friends!