By: Adrienne Walker
Hello Guys! Welcome to my step by step blog post on how you can create your very own Halloween skirt. I will walk you through the list of supplies and materials used, my fabric selection process, and tips and tricks when sewing with a pattern.
You will need:
- McCall’s Pattern M6706 (View D)
- 1 5/8 yards of Michael Miller Bats and Black Cats Fabric
- 10 Yards of Tulle Fabric
- Interfacing (for View D waistband)
- One 7" Zipper
- Two Skirt/Pants Hook and Eyes
- 3/4" Elastic Band for Tulle
- Sewing Pins
- Sewing Machine
How I Chose My Fabric
Halloween is a great time of year to be as creative as you want. I knew for this year, I wanted to make a skirt that I could wear to anything. However, deciding on what type of print I wanted was the hard part. There are so many different types of prints to choose from on Fabric.com. I decided to pick the Michael Miller Bats & Black Cats Stray Cat Stut in Orange. I chose this fabric for two reasons: the color combination and the weight. The colors included shades of orange, yellow, grey, green, and black. The weight of the fabric is a lightweight material and 100% cotton.
I guess you are wondering, why do I have tulle listed under my supplies/materials. Well I’m glad you asked. LOL! The tulle will be placed underneath the skirt for added volume. The tulle fabric is a very lightweight material and 100% nylon. At the end of the post, you can decide which look you would prefer: Tulle vs No Tulle.
Measuring & Cutting
Now that I have decided on the fabric, I knew exactly what style skirt I wanted to use. I went with the McCall’s M6706. The pattern has a waistband, pleats, hook & eye and zipper closing. By following the body measurement guideline, my pattern size was 14.
Based on the look I was going for, I decided to make View D. Before I cut my fabric, I always serge the raw edges to prevent excessive shrinkage in the washing machine. As noted, fabric typically shrink about 10% after washing. When washing the fabric, I make sure to place it on a gentle wash and dry on low heat. With this particular fabric, you can tell the edges will fray and tangle in the washing machine.
While my fabric is washing, I start cutting out the pieces for View D. There are two pieces to cut out and nine steps to construct and complete the skirt. Sounds Easy Enough Right!!
The first thing you need to do is to make sure your fabric design is facing the way you would like to skirt to look. If you noticed, the black cats are located on both sides of the fabric. If you followed the pattern instructions of how to cut the pieces, then the cats will be facing sideways on your skirt. LOL!! In order to get the cats at the bottom of my skirt, I folded the serged edges together then folded again. This way I can cut two pieces on the fold. Note: Make sure to “NOT” cut the fold. You will end up with four pieces instead of two.
My size 14 pattern pieces fitted perfectly on the fabric. Regarding the waistband, I unfolded the fabric to cut one piece. After all the pieces are cut, make your markings as indicated on the pattern pieces.
Stitching The Pattern Pieces
Per the pattern instructions, I used a 5/8” seam allowance unless otherwise indicated. Since there were only two pattern pieces and nine steps, sewing everything together was fairly easy and straight forward. Throughout the constructing process, I serged the edges together for a cleaner finish.
This method is also beneficial when sewing the zipper. Before adding the zipper, serge the edge where the zipper will be. This method will show a cleaner finish in the end. I used a 7 to 9 inch invisible zipper as instructed on the pattern.
Originally, I was going to use the smaller hook and eye but quickly changed that strategy. The Skirt/Pant Hook and Eye were the best option to secure the back of my skirt. For this process, I hand stitched the hook and eye in place. Once the hook and eye is in place, you can finish your skirt by hemming the bottom. I like to serge the bottom first then fold once with a straight stitch.
Constructing the Tulle
Fold the tulle in half and sew one inch across the top. For your elastic bands, measure your waist then add an inch. This is helpful in preventing the elastic band from being too tight around your waist. Insert the elastic band through your tulle and secure the ends with a zig-zag stich. I used my elastic threader to insert the elastic. Once the elastic is inserted, I secured the other end of the elastic to the tulle with a sewing pin. This helps with making sure the elastic stays in place while I work my way through the tulle.
Next, evenly spread out the tulle along the elastic bands. Lastly, place the tulle underneath your skirt and cut the tulle to the length of the skirt. ALL DONE!!!
This step was the easiest. Just put your tulle and skirt together and you are done. Below you will see photos of the skirt with the tulle and photos without the tulle. Can you guys tell the difference?
Tulle (left) vs. No Tulle (right)
Please let me know which look you prefer, tulle vs no tulle. I hope you guys enjoyed my step by step Halloween skirt instructions.