Saturday, 12 January 2013

And here she finally is...

... my latest (and last for now) McCall's 5523. A little Summer Stunner in beautiful strong pastel colours ...
Summer Skirt 5523

... and the back ...

Again, a fun little skirt that I will get a lot of wear out of. And these colours really fit into my summer wardrobe well. Here are just a few of the ways I 'could' accessorize with this lovely new skirt ...



I 'could' team this skirt up with my lacy sleeveless white frilly shirt, and a short aqua tonal necklace. A little on the elegant side...










I 'could' pull the aqua blue out of the skirt, and accentuate the colour with a pearly apricot long necklace ...

Or I 'could' pull the apricot colours out of the skirt, highlighting them with a deeper shirt, and bring it altogether with a aqua/tan/off-white shorter necklace.














Many, many possibilities to draw this skirt into my wardrobe, utilising current wearable tops. I 'could' wear each and any of the above on any given day.   But, I have actually forgotten to mention the one perfect, perfect top that I 'will' be wearing with my new Summer Stunner today ...


It is just so stinking hot here that there is no other available option other than a bikini!!!!


For those interested, the technical details of this skirt include - it is View C (gathered lower back with ruffle detail), fabric is a cotton seersucker, it is lined with white cotton, and for the gathered section I used View A's lower flounced piece, invisible zipper, no fancy pops of colour this time, all seams French Seamed. 

Moving the sewing into another direction now this skirt is finished, and I am going to try my hand at sewing men's shirts ... should be interesting ...

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  1. If you can still wear a bikini, my hat's off to ya!

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    1. Can do, do do, but probs shouldn't do! I wear the top half with swim shorts, but ONLY at home - we don't have any neighbours for miles...

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  2. Hi Judith, you are on a roll with the sewing these days! Another very cute and useful skirt, and the bikini top is the only answer today. We have been to the movies and it was even hot in there; guess the air-con was overwhelmed. Do you have a cool sewing room? Mine is quite hot so my sewing has ground to a halt for the duration. xx

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    1. Sewing room is fairly cool, but the ceiling fan is working overtime, and I think it enjoys having me chase the pattern pieces round and round the room! I only have 1 1/2 weeks left of school holidays so taking full advantage of every sewing minute...

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  3. Such yummy fabric in the skirt! I'm enjoying the mental picture of your dress form doing laps in the pool.

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    1. Sink or swim!!! Let's hope she doesn't get the skirt drenched...

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  4. Lol. Loved the shot of the dummy by the pool wearing the bikini. Made me laugh. I love your outfit shots. The first one with the white sleeveless blouse is that from a pattern by any chance? I love it.

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    1. It's times like that I wished my neighbours lived closer - would have had them wondering as well. And no, the sleeveless top was from Katies, a steal at $9.99...

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  5. What a lovely finale skirt and so many options for styling. I love them all.

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    1. Thanks, Pam! It helps to justify just why I needed yet another new skirt in the wardrobe...

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  6. Lovely skirt.
    Your dress form sadly on the side of the pool in her bikini top wanting to jump in and cool down made me smile too...

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    1. Hopefully she won't jump in without me!!!

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  7. A good little mini wardrobe taking shape, just right for the weather you are experiencing over there.
    louise

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  8. It has been hot - sometimes so hot I would have considered even ditching the bikini top! Although luckily today our part of Australia as escaped the dome of heat .
    Another lovely skirt - Have you used all the back options yet ?

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    1. Ditching the top!!! Not many beaches left around the place for that look any longer - no wonder I have a pool at home...still one back option to go...

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  9. It looks gorgeous in those seersucker pastels! Just a perfect confection for summer weather.

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  10. What a pretty summer skirt. The colors are just perfect. It's inspiring to see a summer garment as I sit here in the cold north!

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    1. Would gladly swap with you at the moment - this heat is stifling...

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  11. Perfect summer skirt.. Oh and very excited that you are making men shirt next, I'm building courage to make one for my man x

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Yes, men's shirts are on the horizon, and fairly funky fabric is guaranteed!

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  12. I love this skirt and the colours... I really love it with the white frilly top! You sure have made some great skirts from this pattern. Everyone one of them look great :)

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    1. Thanks, Chris! The certainly filled a huge gap in the wardrobe, and are just soooo easy to wear, and wash...

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  13. Beautiful skirt! I like the options you have but the best of course is the last! I wish I had your pool: I'd still be in it now. I think my peri menopausal symptoms have really kicked in.. or it's just the heat.. I don't know anymore!

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    1. The heat is shocking, isn't it? And mixed with all that smoke in the air, yuk, yuk, yuk!

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  14. Another great skirt and I love your different styling options. I got a bit distracted by the pool in the background though, looks so inviting!

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    1. The pool is great - beats driving to the beach and baking...

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  15. Another lovely skirt. It is perfect for your ultra hot summer. Can hardly wait to see what you do with the men's shirts.

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    1. Men's shirts - there's a first for the New Year...

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  16. What a great skirt, I love the little kick pleat, so girly! I like all the ways you styled it, you must have a lot of necklaces!

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    1. This would be the girliest skirt I have made, and I do love me a necklace or two, or three..

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  17. Love the skirt, my favorite are with the aqua top and the bikini top! It was -2 degrees here this morning, so I hope you have fun in the sun!

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    1. -2 on your side of the pond, +32 this morning my side of pond - would love to be at the midpoint...

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  18. Cute skirt, enjoy lounging by that gorgeous pool! Men's shirts are actually easier than they appear, I promise! The trick is to start with a good pattern (I HIGHLY recommend KwikSew). The plackets on the sleeves are the absolute hardest part of the shirt, and there's some great tutorials out there to help ease that pain. :-)

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    1. I have ordered the KwikSew one, via the Craftsy course but still waiting, patiently (not) for it! The one I will probably go with in the meantime is a Vogue...plackets sound hard so might just go for the short-sleeve version first...

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  19. Lovely fabric and beautiful colours. It is a lovely skirt.

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    1. And I can't remember where I picked up this fabric from, but I do like the unusual mix of colours as well...

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  20. That skirt is stunning. I'm sure you rock it with the bikini! Try and stay cool. g

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    1. I don't think 'rock the bikini' is quite the expression that comes to mind, more like a glow-in-the-dark pale white illuminous rock...

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  21. Judith that is absolutely such a beautiful skirt!

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    1. Thanks, Faye! Can never really have enough skirts in the wardrobe, in enough colours...

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  22. OMG I'm impressed you dragged your dressform outside--what a riot--your dressform poolside!!! Lovin' the bikini top. Never thought to put one on my dressform!!

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    1. I know - my poor dressform didn't have a clue what was happening...

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  23. Adorable skirt, Love all the ways you can wear it.. Perfect for those hot days..[it is raining and freezing cold here.. wish we could give each other a little of our weather,ha]

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    1. It would be great to meet half-way on the weather front, in the land of 'perfect temperatures'...

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  24. Judith, this is a really cute skirt. I have made this skirt pattern a few times; I really love the fabric you used to make this. Oh I wish it was summer here!

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    1. The grass is always greener...or crunchier and browner in my case...

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  25. lovely skirt, and great mix of colours too. You have the heat, and we have the cold brrrrrr. I got around to cutting out a skirt, but ran out of time so will not make it up until the weekend after next.

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    1. Time - we are all just so time poor when it comes to sewing and doing 'our-thing'...

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  26. Stunning skirt - LOVE that fabric. You find the best fabric!!! Don't tell me it was Spotty - I never find anything there.

    Stay cool.

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    1. No, don't think it was a Spotty find this time. Maybe from out at Sckaf's at Indooroopilly???

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  27. Love the skirt and the white frilly vest as well. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Rhonda is awesome.

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    1. The frilly white top really 'girly's' up the outfit...J

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  28. This is super summery rad! Love the skirt kick you have been on :) Best of luck with the dude's shirt!

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    1. Shirts for a teenager! What was I thinking????

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  29. Really nice colours. I'm with you on the bikini in this stinking hot weather.

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  30. Such a pretty skirt, so many options but can understand the bikini being up north. Now shirts, what happened to the boxer shorts?

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    1. Do you think I have commitment issues!!!

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  31. It is funny how the skirt looks a little plain on it's own, but when you pair it with all your gorgeous tops, it really springs to life!

    What a great addition to your wardrobe!

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    1. It really is a plain old skirt from the front - probably why it is so quick and easy to sew up...

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  32. That is a fun skirt! Love the back details. My favorite styling is definitely with the bikini top! :)

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    1. It is a fun, easy skirt for wearing around the place. And the bikini top definitely won-out for 'best wear' on the day...J

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  33. What beautiful colors! It is soooo pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Amity! They are an unusual combination, but just seem to work for summer...

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  34. I love those pretty sherbet colours for summer :)

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    1. Yes, they are a nice change to wear...

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  35. So pretty. Great with the strings too!

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  36. That is a lovely skirt! Love the colors :)

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  38. The skirt is lovely and it's always nice to have so many ways to wear it! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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