I need to fill the gap in my closet with easy separates. I really need more pants, shorts and casual skirts but I find myself wearing mostly dresses in the summer. In an effort to address this, I decided to make an everyday skirt using New Look 6436, View B. I’ve had this pattern in my stash forever but was never really moved to make it because it seemed so plain. I was definitely influenced to consider more basic options by overdriveafter30’s ig page after seeing all her bold print elastic waist palazzo pants.
This is a multi-pattern with a four views ( pants, a midi/maxi skirt and two shorter shirts, all elastic waist). It was very easy to sew up. I used a linen-blend ikat print from Joann Fabrics. It comes in several colorways and I got two of them: the white on navy and navy on white. For the shirt I used the white on a navy background although it looks more like cornflower blue than navy to me.
The most trouble I had -which was my own fault-was the elastic casing. I found the seams to be a bit bulky when I was trying to pull the elastic through and had to take apart some stitching in at least 2 seams in the casing to make the elastic fit and then pull it back together. I think this was due to two things; One, the fabric is kind of bulky and two, I got the bright idea to sew the side seams with french seams because of fraying but that added more bulk. I didn’t initially how this would affect the casing. I wrangled with it and made it work by hand stitching those two seams closed. I used a bodkin for the first time to pull the elastic through and I did find it to be helpful except for when it lost grip on the fabric when it got stuck in the bulky seams.
I also used the technique of stretching and sewing through the elastic after it was inserted to make it stay put- which worked but I stretched my elastic out too much and it was a tad big around the waist when I tried it on. I pinned it a little in the back and kept on moving. I’ll know better next time to measure my elastic smaller than I need knowing that it’ll be stretched out when I try that technique again. I cut a few inches from the hem, turned it up and used the blind hem foot to create a blind hem.
I really like this skirt. It’s simple but cute and the best thing about it is the pockets! It’s versatile and I dressed mine up with red Nine West ankle strap heels and dressed it down with my Etsy crossbody bag, sunglasses from Ann Taylor and flip flops. I definitely see a few more of these or even the pants or longer skirt version in my future.