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Before the Blog: The Scrap Buster Skirt

January 17, 2011

This is called the Scrap Buster Skirt because it’s entirely made out of leftover bits and pieces, so instead of stash busting, I’m scrap busting by getting rid of all those odd shaped leftovers. The main fashion fabric I won from Monet of Made By Monet in a blog give-away and there was about 1.5 yard of fabric (I think, can’t quite remember) that had been used for something else already, so it had a big jagged edge. I didn’t have enough of it for half the pockets and the waistband facing so I used up a couple small scraps. And finally the zipper was previously ripped out of a skirt I never liked and re-purposed here (it’s blue, but with the purple flowers I felt it was close enough to the theme).



Pattern Description: McCall’s 5591 Mid-knee length, pleated skirts have faced yoke and back zipper closure; skirt A has slash front pocket with band and contrasting lower band; skirts B and C have side seam pockets; skirt B has carriers and sash; skirt C has ribbon trim at lower edge.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Mostly, I didn’t like some of the instructions so parts of it I just did the way I wanted to, the end result is the same though.



What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made view C without the ribbon trim. Overall I like this skirt a lot and I wasn’t expecting too at all, I was worried it would be too poofy like the photo on the envelope but the pleats on skirt A (the skirt in the photo) are different from those of B and C so it turned out pretty nice.

Pattern Sizing: 6-12, I cut a 10



Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: When making the pleats, the instructions tell you to baste all the way down the length of the skirt then remove the basting later, but on the pattern piece there weren’t guide lines for the pleats all the way down so I just skipped that. All it does is reduce the bulk while you’re sewing.

Would you sew it again? I would have to have the perfect fabric, I love the color combinations in the illustrations so if I made it again it would probably only be if I was copying those colors. Otherwise, no, I have better TNT skirt patterns.



Would you recommend it to others? Yes, skirts are pretty much always straight forward, easy sewing. And this skirt you can squeeze out of fairly small amounts of fabric



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