I’m throwing back to a skirt pattern I haven’t used in years. I’ve been channelling the 70’s lately I’m sure because I was inspired by ThatBlackChic’s 70’s projects last month. As I was going through my pattern stash, this wrap skirt looked perfect. It’s McCalls 5430 and I made it about 5 years ago and happily it’s still in their current catalog.
Most of my projects start with fabric as inspiration and this one is no different. This print is a classic Kaffe Fasset print and every time I walk by it at Fabricland, it calls my name. There are so many amazing quilting fabrics out there but sometimes I find it’s tricky to use them in clothing. Summer skirts, however, seem to be a great place to get them into my wardrobe.
I was about half way through making the skirt when I realized in order for the print to work it needed a trim. The fabric has yellow, orange, pumpkin and green and I purchased this pretty yellow linen to add 1/2” trim on the waist and side. I did some unsewing but it was well worth it.
On a side note, a couple of summers ago my family and I drove through Big Sur. As I was making this, I remembered something from the trip. It was way passed lunch time and we were looking for a place to get something to eat before everyone got crabby. The first restaurant we came to was Nepanthe. It looked like Shangri-la.
It’s set high on a cliff overlooking the water with beautiful umbrellas. As I was eating I saw what looked like Kaffe Fasset paintings on the walls. I took a closer look and found the restaurant was started by his family. How did I not know this? It was serendipitous!
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Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.