Coral Garden Skirt: McCalls 5803, Fabric by Dotty Logic

It’s finished! The Coral Garden skirt is finally complete!

In case you missed last week’s post, this project is a collaboration with Jasonda Desmond from Dotty Logic. She’s a designer of digital prints using organic cotton fabric, and was kind enough to donate the fabric for this skirt! The finished skirt will be for sale in her Etsy store and all proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success Vancouver. (NOTE: I updated this to specify that we’ll be supporting the Vancouver division of Dress for Success, which is where I volunteer!)

Here’s the finished skirt! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, the pleated style really showcases the print.

I think it’s a really wearable print, especially for summer!

It’s made in a McCalls’ size 10, which ended up at 28″ waist, and a centre back length of 20″ measured from the top of the waistband to the hem. There’s an invisible zipper at centre back and inseam pockets in the side seams.

I’ve seen plenty of debate on whether quilting cottons can be used for apparel, as that’s often where all the good prints are. This fabric is printed on organic cotton sateen, so it works well in apparel. It has a lovely handfeel and subtle sheen.

Look at the matched prints along centre back!

Working with Jasonda was a lot of fun, and if I’m lucky maybe we will have an opportunity to work together again in the future!

Also, she’s having a Christmas in July sale, starting today to July 31st!

Here’s the sale prices:
Any 4 items – 10% off
Any 8 items – 15% off
Any 16 items – 20% off

In the meantime, here’s the link to her etsy store, and the direct link to purchase the skirt. Thanks for your support!

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30 Responses to Coral Garden Skirt: McCalls 5803, Fabric by Dotty Logic

  1. Tilly July 14, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    Beautiful! Really unusual print. Love it!

  2. Trudy Callan July 14, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    It turned out really nice. Great job matching the print at the back seam.


  3. Susannah July 14, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Curse you, Sewaholic, for giving me another fabric/pattern/skirt to covet!

    That is really, really pretty. I love the dropped waist… the pleats… the pockets… and, of course, the luscious print!

  4. Tasia July 14, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Ooh, you guys are quick! I’m so glad you like the finished skirt!
    @Tilly: Thanks Tilly, I love this print too! So summery.
    @Trudy Callan: Thank you! It does make a difference, doesn’t it?
    @Susannah: Hello Susannah! Thanks for stopping by, I love your blog… even if you’re cursing me :)

  5. The Cupcake Goddess July 14, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    It turned out fabulous! I’m so amazed about the prints matching up in the back! Great detail and definitely worth the price! What a great staple for anyone’s summer wardrobe!

  6. Bissy July 14, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    I love it! The waistband + pleats + pockets make it really pretty and wearable. I know selling it for charity is a noble cause, but it’s a pity you don’t get to hang onto this for yourself!

  7. Jasonda July 14, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Tasia, the skirt looks awesome! I wish all your readers could see how lovely it is in person – the stitching is just gorgeous. Thanks so much! We will definitely have to collaborate on a new project for my holiday fabric line when it comes out. :)

  8. Sofia July 14, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    LOVE! I love Dotty Logic’s fabric, especially this one:

    How cute would that be in that strapless boned dress with white piping????

    Good luck and I hope there are tons of people wanting to buy it for such a great cause!

  9. Christine July 14, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Hey! Just found your blog and read way back into your archives. Your style is so great! I love it because most of what you sew is in awesome prints, and I’m the same way. Anyways, this skirt is awesome as well. I love your blog!

  10. Eleanor July 14, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    It’s gorgeous! Great, great, great work! Honestly, I love quirky prints, so I mostly use quilting cotton in my sewing. Eep!

  11. lulu July 14, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Really great. You really can’t tell that there is a seam at the center back.

  12. Darci July 14, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    You kicked me over the edge with your adorableness. I *JUST* bought the skirt pattern online. Couldn’t stop myself. I’ve got fabric ready to go!

    LOVE it. Seriously. And now that I know how to match patterns… well, thanks so much, doll!

  13. Stacy July 14, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    It turned out fantastic! GREAT work!

  14. Holly July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Love it! It makes me happy that you took the time to match up the pattern at the seams. Thanks for sharing this collaboration with us!

  15. Uta July 14, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    What a great, summery skirt. And how gracious of you to sell it for charity. If I didn’t sew I might just buy it ;-)

  16. Clare July 14, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Yay! another winner! I really like the way the pleats hang and as for the pattern-matching… inspirational!

  17. ~Sherry~ July 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Gorgeous skirt Tasia! – this would be perfect for a tropical holiday!

  18. Jessica July 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Very cute – I do like the print! I’m one who says not to sew clothing with quilting cotton, but if that sateen is like the one Spoonflower prints on then I bet it’s lovely. I wish the great quilting prints came in more weights!

  19. louise July 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    skirt & fabric work really well together, looks great
    pattern matching is very impressive, such a good finishing detail

  20. Renay July 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Oh wow, it looks amazing! that back seam is seamless (that makes no sense!). The print is lovely and summery and very wearable. For some reason it reminds me of the little mermaid…

  21. Amy July 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Such a lovely skirt and what fun photos to show it off. I don’t know that I could be as selfless as you, though. it’d be hard to give up such a wonderful skirt–even for a great charity :)

  22. The Sew Convert July 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Such a pretty skirt and print!

  23. Tasia July 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Thanks everyone for all your wonderful comments!
    @Amy: It’s not me that’s selfless, it’s Jasonda who donated the fabric! Though I suppose it’s the first thing I’ve sewn this year for someone other than me. Although you’re right, when I was finished and saw the pictures, I was nearly considering buying it myself!
    @Renay: It’s probably the coral and under-the-sea theme that’s got you thinking Little Mermaid, it has a wonderful fantasy-like quality about the print.
    @Jessica: Me too! I always want to make things out of quilting cotton because that’s where so many innovative and new prints are.. and are readily available. This sateen is a nice hybrid fabric for both quilts and apparel.
    @~Sherry~: Agreed, it would be perfect for a cruise or resort vacation!
    @Uta: I figured that might be a common thought, from all my fellow seamstresses out there. Thanks for the compliments regardless!
    @Darci: Oh yay, Darci, that’s fantastic! It’s really a very versatile skirt pattern, and super comfortable. I recommend it to everyone :)
    @Eleanor: It’s hard to resist the cool prints in quilting cotton, if you love a print, then why not? I’ve made garments in quilting cotton before, and with the right style it can totally work. I just know there’s always a debate on whether they work or not, in clothing…
    @Christine: Hi Christine! Thanks for stopping by, I’m happy you enjoyed reading through the archives and that we share a love of prints..
    @Sofia: I know! I loved the Knotty print too, and not just cause of the cheeky name. It’s definitely one of my favourites in the line.
    @Jasonda: You’re fantastic to work with, and I’d be thrilled to do it again!
    @Bissy: Thank you! It’s super wearable, I agree, and I hope it finds a happy home..
    @The Cupcake Goddess: Thanks – it is a lovely summer staple!
    Thanks again, I love that so many of you noticed and appreciated the matched print on the back seam. Such a minor detail, but a sign of quality and care!

  24. Rachel July 15, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    Lovely! I love the big pleats and the waistband. Another gorgeous garment!

  25. Alana July 15, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    So pretty – I love the finished skirt. Your tutorial on matching the prints was so straight forward and easy to follow – I used it on a print blouse and linked to it – I hope that’s ok? Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  26. Jessica July 15, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Gorgeous! What a great collaboration for an excellent cause. I love the way the skirt turned out [and as someone who loves the quilting cotton prints but wishes they were printed on more apparel-friendly fabric, what a beautiful line].

  27. Tasia July 15, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Thank you Rachel! Alana, of course I don’t mind if you link to my tutorial! Jessica, I’m hoping more designers use different base cloths for their prints, like sateen or cotton lawn…and I agree it’s a beautiful line of fabric!

  28. Fourth Daughter July 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Ah I knew you couldn’t be so gorgeous and not be a volunteer too!! Cute print and great work. But you forgot to tell us where the shoes are from!!!

  29. Tasia July 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    @Fourth Daughter: Aww, thanks, I’m blushing! The shoes are a giveaway from my sister’s closet, and she originally bought them in Mexico at least three years ago. The brand name is Westies, which is apparently a division of Nine West, one of my favourites :)

  30. Ali July 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    You know I love this pattern — it looks great in this version, too! (But how could you go wrong? ;)