Finished Sewing Project! Border Print Skirt

So I finished the skirt I mentioned here – check out the picture! I used McCall’s Pattern 5803, still for sale online on clearance. The blouse that comes with the pattern is cute too (though, I feel it might be too matchy-matchy if I made a lime blouse to coordinate…)

The border print looks awesome on this flirty skirt. I even made sure to cut the waistband piece out of a solid brown section, so that it didn’t distract from the printed skirt.

I’d recommend this pattern for a beginner to intermediate project, for a few reasons:

  • It’s quick – only took me a couple of hours to sew, a little longer than normal because I hand-stitched the hem.
  • Easy to fit – it just needs to fit your waist and the rest of the skirt floats away from your body.
  • Details are cool but simple. Pleats add fullness and create an hourglass figure but are really easy to sew.
  • Functional – it has pockets!

I’d make this pattern again – I’m thinking solid black for the Basic Black Skirt on my Top 10 Sewing Projects for 2010 list. So cute and comfortable!

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9 Responses to Finished Sewing Project! Border Print Skirt

  1. Serendipity Handmade March 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    What a cute skirt! No wonder you love that 50s border print dress pattern!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I’m updating the web shop little-by-little, day-by-day, and it will soon have a lot more patterns than it does now!

    I’m following your blog now too!

  2. Sofia March 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Looks AWESOME. Good job!! I can’t wait to finish my grey dress!!! We can boast to each other about how awesome and crafty we are.

  3. Tasia March 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog, Serendipity! Yes, I have a soft spot for border prints, I feel like they have so much potential. Look forward to checking out your store and its new additions.

    Thanks Sofia for the comment too! I can’t wait to see your finished dress. If you keep mentioning your projects, you’ll have to start your own blog soon as people will want to see them!

  4. Clare March 11, 2010 at 12:11 am #

    Wow! gorgeous skirt, that print has worked perfectly. I love your blog so far – can see it becoming one of my favourites!

  5. Sanne October 12, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    hi Tasia, I found your blog as I searched for tips on sewing with a border printed fabric.
    And I love this skirt!

    I bought a nice fabric with border print, to make a skirt.
    But I have some problems with how that can be done.. at least with the pattern I have..
    It is a simple A-line skirt pattern, but the bottom is rounded..
    When I draw this on my skirt, I don’t have the nice fabric border anymore. And just like your fabric it is not just a single stroke at the bottom of the fabric..
    How did you do that? Did you just cut a straight bottom?
    Because I am afraid that it will turn out to long on the sides compared to the middle, but your skirt looks ok.

    Hope you understand my question ;)

    Now I’m going to find out what else you made ;)

  6. Tasia October 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi Sanne! Glad you stumbled across my blog and liked what you found :)

    For this skirt, the pattern piece I used is flat at the bottom, and pleats into the waistband. You could use any pattern that was a rectangle in shape and gathered or pleated into the waist.

    You’re right, an A-line skirt has a curved bottom and if you just cut it flat, it would end up too long at the sides! You have three choices here:
    – use a pattern with a straight-up-and-down shape, so the flat edge can go along the border print
    – cut out the a-line skirt pattern piece the way it’s made, and know that your border will be slightly shortened by the curved hem
    – cut out the a-line skirt pattern piece and straighten the hem to match the border print, and know that your side seams will be slightly longer than your centre front

    I hope this helps! Border prints are so much fun to wear and to sew with ;)

  7. Leslie November 2, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Cute skirt. Is this pattern McCall’s 5803 Chaste High Collar Jacket & Skirt 1977? When I searched for it I found a couple of McCall’s pattern, including one that is M5803.

  8. Tasia November 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi Leslie! No, it’s a Hilary Duff pattern by McCalls… let me see if I can find it online!
    Here it is:
    It comes with a ruffle-front blouse as well. I’ve never bought from this online store but that’s the pattern I used!
    I also checked Ebay and (I think) this link should pull up a list of auctions for this pattern as well:

    Good luck! I’d totally recommend this pattern, and was so disappointed when it was discontinued!

  9. Claire Weir July 23, 2015 at 1:22 am #

    Just beautiful, I have never been brave enough to use border prints, but am feeling inspired now! Thank you x