When I was fabric shopping in Vietnam recently, I briefed my non-sewing friend before we hit the stores. Key mission: stop me buying anything that’s whimsical and unlike “me”. You see, I’m hopelessly attracted to kitschy fabrics. If it is printed on quilting cotton, I probably love it. And yet… I never wear things like that, really ever. Nina valiantly did her job, and managed to help me resist buying peach cotton with ice creams printed on it, but I slipped through her restraints with this one: cloudy rayon!
The reason I got away with it? From a distance it looks like polka dots! But up close, there’s no doubting there’s a veritable storm of clouds…
Such a floaty fabric demanded a floaty skirt, so I ordered up McCall’s M6931 which I saw on the McCall Company’s new Instagram feed. It’s a curious skirt: it has princess seams for no apparent reason (apart from colour blocking maybe?), and is pleated at the top, and then has an elasticated waist which effectively gathers the pleats. It works well in this very thin fabric, but my original plan to use it for a cool black square eyelet I have probably won’t work.
I wanted to make it quickly before summer was all but over, so I serged the insides, and used the 1 inch elastic I have rather than hunting down the recommended 2 inch. As a result, the waistband bunches a bit when the elastic slides down in the casing… which could easily be solved by making the channel a little smaller. But for some reason I am oddly resistant to changing existing makes… is anyone else like that?!
I am now totally in love with my Vietnamese McCalls Cloudy Skirt as I shall call it. VMCS for short. And thank you to the ever fabulous Katy & Laney for photography skills on this cloudy summer day! Sewing friends are the best. And we only got stopped for taking photos of a power station once.