P1050199The Orange is finished, teamed up with a little more Purple and a smattering of light Pink.  Orange is a colour I am pretty sure I have never worn before.  How can this be?

The pattern is McCalls 5856, size 12 with no fitting alterations at all and made up in cotton voile.  I used the same purple bias strips to finish the waistline and extended the ends to add a splash more colour at the side for ‘ties’.  Everything is french seamed so the inside is almost as pretty as the outside – I’m starting to love this element of garment sewing.


I have an RTW skirt very like this (though not orange) with a 1″ grograin strip finishing the lining hem and I love the way it brings the lining out from hiding.  The ribbon also adds nice weight and a touch of stiffness to the swirl of the skirt, so I had intended to do the same with this version.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find the right colour ribbon so substituted the bias tape.  Successfully I think.

I will make this again soon in my lovely silk cotton as I have everything ready and waiting.  There is one other item in my sewing cue to be finished first however.

Oh, and before I forget, have a look at these.


Clockwise from top left – BurdaStyle special autumn/winter No. 5/2013; BurdaStyle 09/2013; Simplicity 6622 dolls pattern; Vogue 9771 size 12-16 some pieces cut in size 16; Vogue 2393 18-22 cut in size 22; Vogue 1166 size 12-16 uncut.

Would you like any of them?

I sorted through some of the piles on my sewing tables and these need a new home.  I am happy to post to wherever in the world the post will deliver, so leave me a comment stating your preference(s) and email address before midnight NZ time on Sunday 2nd of March 2014.  I’ll draw it shortly thereafter.

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29 Responses to Orange

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  2. I don’t think I’ve ever worn orange either. I think it wouldn’t like my complexion but I think I could get away with wearing it on the bottom. I love your colour combination and the purple at the hem of the lining is perfect.

  3. symondezyn says:

    Look at YOU, all sassy and gorgeous in your orange skirt! Love it! I adore orange, and I think it is so perfect on you in a fun, flirty skirt – lovely job! 🙂

  4. Tia Dia says:

    I *lurv* orange. I’m wearing a bright tangerine orange turtleneck and down-filled vest today. Your skirt is perfect! Love the shape. Love the colour.

  5. vivjm says:

    Such a pretty skirt! Love the colour.

  6. Absolutely lovely! The contrast of the purple against that orange voile is such an inspired choice. This is such a perfect warm weather skirt!

  7. Great skirt – I love the colour orange (such a cheerful colour!), and the grosgrain trim on the lining is a lovely touch.

    If you don’t yet have a home for the dolls pattern, can I have it? My daughter is obsessed with dolls, and I enjoy sewing them outfits from fabric scraps.

  8. Jo says:

    You look stunning! Unique touches make it even better 🙂

  9. amaryllislog says:

    I believe you have made the perfect skirt! So glad you and orange made friends, it works nicely on you. And I agree the bias trim is a beautiful touch!

    I too love the process of finishing a garment, weirdly satisfing. Does that make us control freaks?!

  10. Sewbussted says:

    Love the entire look and the skirt is just spot on cute 🙂

  11. CGCouture says:

    Cute! Love the colors of the skirt, everyone with their orange makes makes me wish that I could wear orange. Never would have thought to make the lining peek out like that, cute idea!

    I’d be happy to rehome the Autumn/Winter burda, well, both of them actually. 🙂 I think you get my email addy with the comments, right?

    • Thanks m’dear and I have changed my mind about orange on me. That is, as long as it isn’t a block of colour near my face. About the lining peekin’ out, I wish it was my idea lol.

      Coolio about the Burda and yep I got your email with the comment. 🙂

  12. Andrea says:

    Very cute skirt! Love the colors. I do like my garment insides to look pretty as well, so satisfying, isn’t it?

  13. SewingElle says:

    I love the purple band on the lining. What a great idea!
    I could give the BurdaStyle Autumn/Winter edition magazine a good home 😉

  14. Anne W says:

    I love your orange skirt, especially with the contrast bias bound lining peaking out, great finish! And isn’t cotton voile so pretty, it floats beautifully. Patterns… I wouldn’t say no the to Vogue options with the cowl…. 😉

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