Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finished: The " No! It Does Not Look Like Daphne" Skirt

For those of you unfamiliar with Daphne, I am referring to one of the girls on the classic cartoon Scooby- Doo.  ( I think I should let it be known that I actually despise Scooby-Doo, simply because it was the most frightening cartoon show ever!) But back to the skirt, I finished this skirt and paired it with a lovely vintage scarf, to which one of my teenaged brothers loudly exclaimed that I looked like Daphne. Sigh. So, caring entirely too much about the opinion of my brother, I opted for a necklace and ditched the scarf.
I used the pattern on the right.

Lets get to the details now, shall we?
  • Pattern: McCalls 5004 circa 1976  from an estate sale
  •  Fabric: Pink cotton broadcloth from an estate sale ~$.50
  • Notions: One 7" zipper also from an estate sale and thread, of course, which cost a ridiculous $4 at Joanns. 
  • Design Changes: I cut 4 inches off the bottom as this skirt is much longer than the pic leads you to believe. I haven't hemmed the skirt yet because I am debating about chopping off another two inches or so. What do you all think about the length? I also sewed a lapped zipper instead of a centered one per the pattern instructions.
  • Make again? I may make this again if I want another slightly high-waisted A-line skirt.

Now, for the details of the outfit.
  • Cardigan: Rafaella, thrifted
  • Cami: Eddie Bauer, on clearance from website
  • Shoes: Worthington, from JcPenney
  • Necklace: Vintage, from an estate sale
There you have it, all of the details from the unexciting adventure of McCalls 5004. I have already started on a modern Vogue dress, and have the circle skirt portion hanging up so that the bias will stretch and be ready to attach to the bodice and hem all at once. I may have to go to Joann and get interfacing as I think all that I have on hand may be a bit too stiff. If this is the case, I am going to wait til the Vogues are on sale to go to the store, as I have a particular pattern in mind that I want for some fabric I have in the stash.

Hopefully, I will be able to write another installment of Sewing Blogs: Spread the Love in the next few days.
Happy Sewing!


  1. While I usually like skirts shorter than this, there is something about this particular skirt, on you, that looks good at the length you have it.

  2. Didn't Daphne wear purple? Anyway, I love the skirt just ad it is! I wouldn't shorten it. I think the length is very flattering. I never think to sew the basic pieces from vintage patterns but you just convinced me to try some out.

  3. KID, MD- I think that she did wear purple, but I guess the scarf is what prompted his comment. :]

  4. I like it! And I love the color! I have the 7177 pattern in your picture. I haven't quite figured out what to do with it though...

  5. Cute skirt and fun summer color. I like the length where it is.

  6. I love the skirt and the color! I think the length is excellent where it is, but an inch or two hidden in the hem would give you some leeway if you ever wanted to change it :)

  7. Cute skirt and very current with the rise of waistlines lately. I find these vintage patterns to be much longer than they appear on the envelope too. Maybe they made deep hems?