February 2, 2015

Stripy, lacy, swooshy goodness! (aka yet another McCall’s 6931)

Last year I got quite the stash from Kashi at Metro Textiles in NYC, including Pendleton silk, wool for baby coats, aaaaaaannnnd
McCalls M6931 and Christine Jonson wrap top
Wargh! I don’t usually like lace but this very simple design called my name. Loudly. Β It has sat in my stash ever since, being brought out frequently for petting and draping (my favourite thing to do with uncut yardage is to drape it over myself to make full length strapless ballgowns with a train….). I finally decided that it was time to Liberate the Lace, and plotting began.
McCalls M6931 and Christine Jonson wrap top

As soon as I saw it at Kashi’s I thought a full, tea-length, skirt with an underskirt would be just the job. For the fullness a circle skirt would have been great, but I wanted to keep the stripes horizontal and you can’t do that with a circle skirt (or at least without tons of individual panels and just imagine the stripe matching on that).

Instead, I got out my old trusty TNT: the McCall’s M6931. It has both pleats and a slightly gathered waist (thanks to the elastic waistband), and actually comes with a suggestion to do a sheer/under layered version. The underskirt is black silk (also from Kashi!), hemmed slightly shorter than I usually do with this pattern. And then the overskirt is exactly the same, just longer.

McCalls M6931 and Christine Jonson wrap top

I was pretty nervous about sewing with it, because it boggles the mind a little to figure out how a sewing machine can sew what is mostly air. But, surprisingly, it worked (yet another case of just giving things a try rather than freaking out). I used French seams at the side which worked fine although they’re slightly bulky because I was erring on the side of caution. For the hem, I just cut underneath one of the solid lines, and because of the way lace is woven, no finishing is required.

McCalls M6931 and Christine Jonson wrap top
What can I say? I LOVE IT. It goes well with my black Christine Jonson wrap-dress top hack (believe it or not this is exactly the same combo of patterns as my flamingo outfit!) and my ever-trusty gold JCrew belt (top tip: they have plus sizes ones online).
McCalls M6931 and Christine Jonson wrap top

Now I just have to engineer a bunch of opportunities to wear this gauzy lady out of the house. Either that, or I need to be super trendy and wear it with a turtle neck and some sneakers, JCrew style…

Have you ever worked with lace? What other modern ways have you found to use it?


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60 Responses to Stripy, lacy, swooshy goodness! (aka yet another McCall’s 6931)

  1. Gail February 2, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    Wow! Beautiful!!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Thanks Gail!

  2. elaineoc February 2, 2015 at 6:08 am #

    This is gorgeous! Love the shorter length underskirt, it really shows off the fabric.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Yes I’ve always loved lace with an underlay… it’s pretty effective πŸ˜€

  3. Marike Smit February 2, 2015 at 6:29 am #

    Hmmm…Im thinking a decadent high tea on a Sunday afternoon. The skirt is absolutely beautiful!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      I need tea and scones and cucumber sandwiches, stat!

  4. Sam February 2, 2015 at 6:54 am #


    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Thank you Sam !

  5. Sew little time February 2, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    this is so pretty! would be fab with a coloured underlayer as well!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Ooh that’s a good idea! I do have a bit of it left over…

  6. sew rachel! February 2, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    I love this! I’ve been thinking about a skirt just like this on pintrest for probably a year now… This is perfect! Thanks for the sewing inspiration as always!!!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      You’re welcome! It isn’t easy to find striped lace but once you do you must BUY IT ALLLL

  7. Andie L. February 2, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Love this skirt/top combo! Looks amazing and perfect stripe matching! πŸ™‚

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks Andie! That wrap top comes in so useful, I really should make another couple

  8. Basya Spiliakos February 2, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Jenny, what a beautiful outfit!

    Thank you for introducing me to this pattern. It’s become my TNT, as well.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Glad to share the TNT love

  9. Sew What Are You Waiting For February 2, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Amazing lace! Amazing skirt, you look great πŸ™‚
    And damn am I glad I’m not the only one that ‘wears’ stash fabric in that way heehee

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Ha ha ha I swear I’ve done that with most of the fabrics in my sewing room…

  10. Tiffany February 2, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Pretty! You look gorgeous!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks, Tiffany! Not bad for a freezing stairwell πŸ˜‰

  11. February 2, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    That’s super cute. I hope the weather cooperates soon so you can wear it!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Well so far today… not so much! But hopefully soon (looks out at the never-ending blizzard…

  12. Crab and Bee February 2, 2015 at 11:18 am #

    Oh, I love this. Great use of that cool fabric!

  13. TresBienEnsemble February 2, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    This was a great way to feature your lace! Sheer panel cutouts in skirts have been inundating my Pinterest feed lately. This reminds me of the effect without having to do the extra work of inserting a sheer panel!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Yes me too and I always salivate over them… I’m glad I finally managed to whip one up having thought about it for months.

  14. Ruth Procter February 2, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    It looks great – the stripy lace is gorgeous!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      Thanks Ruth!

  15. Nathalie February 2, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Wow that is a gorgeous outfit! I love everything about it, the striped lace and the shorter hem of the dress really shows it off. I think it will also look nice over a solid skirt in a bright colour. I have never worked with lace but if I can find something similar I will definitely try it.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      It would def look good in a bright colour, too..

  16. Sophie-Lee February 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    My goodness, this is so gorgeous, I don’t even know what else to say. GORGEOUS, JENNY!

    Also, I think I really need to get my hands on that skirt pattern.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm #


  17. Helen // Grosgrain Green February 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Wow, that is amazing! I LOVE the stripy lace, and the shorter underskirt is perfect. I sewed with lace for the first time recently – to make a True Bias Sutton. I did wonder about sewing over he holes, but took the same approach as you (ie just got on with it), and it worked. I’ve even washed it and it’s still held together!!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

      It’s really bizarre, right?! It doesn’t seem like it should work and then… it just sort of does.

  18. Fabric Tragic February 2, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    It’s lovely! Will be gorgeous in summer with a sleeveless top too. I think you’ll really be able to dress it up or down. I made a gathered stripey lace skirt a couple of years ago and feel very Sarah Jessica Parker in it (it’s navy and white striped lace) and was also pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to sew.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      Ooh that’s a good idea to pair it with a sleeveless top! I’ll have to play around.

  19. February 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    WHOA! I love this! I avoid Kashi like the plague most of the time because my wallet can’t handle trips over there! He always knows just what to show me and I leave with a GARBAGE BAG full of fabric. Ack! This is super, super fantastic and you look AMAZING.

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      Ha ha Kashi is BAD/GOOD NEWS!

  20. February 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm #

    Ooh, sultry and fun at the same time – a really lovely combination!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Ha I don’t think of myself as ever being sultry, but I’ll take your word for it πŸ™‚

  21. Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) February 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    This is a stunning outfit!

    • Jenny February 2, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks, Carolyn!

  22. Lou February 3, 2015 at 6:11 am #

    Wow! That’s amazing! Love the over/under skirt design, and am completely with you on the non-fancy lace thing. With pumps would be uber cool!

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks, Lou! I’m engineering opportunities to wear it now πŸ˜‰

  23. Caroline February 3, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    It’s lovely! And no hemming too – added bonus!

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

      Thank you, Caroline! And yes no hemming is the bees knees

  24. Katy Patzel February 3, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Love how this turned out!

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      Why thank you Ms P!

  25. Denise February 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Stunning skirt! Love it! And, since so many have mentioned using other colors as the underskirt…making up the lace skirt as a stand alone garment w/o an attached underskirt would give it an unending range or modifications.

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      That’s a great idea – and I still have a ton of it, so maybe next time!

  26. Sylvie February 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Thank you for addressing sewing mostly air! HOW DOES THAT WORK?! Glad you can now wear it out of the house. This lace would make a rather risqué strapless house-ballgown.

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

      I still think it’s magic, frankly!

  27. V February 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Oh gosh, wear that lusciousness to work! The world should not be denied such stripey gorgeous skirt business! You’ve sewn air, which must mean that skirt is the emperor’s new…um…skirt?

    • Jenny February 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

      Ha ha ha someone’s probably pointing out to me as we speak

  28. Margo B February 4, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    So dang gorgeous!!!!

  29. Andrea Hauser February 9, 2015 at 5:08 am #

    Looove this, super inspired to make something similar! Thank you!

  30. Birgit February 14, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    It’s perfect! I need to find some of that stripey lace for myself, I’m too jealous of your skirt…


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