Hot! The “Kitten” Skirt | Debi Fry


The Facts

Fabric: 3 metres of cotton 'Jardin, Sandy Klop, American Jane, Moda' from Stonemountain Fabric in Oakland, £18
Pattern: McCall's 8947
Year: c.  1952
Notions: 1 zipper: £0.20, hook and eye: £0.05

Time to complete: 6 hours 

Wear again? Oh yes!

Total Cost: ~£18

I originally bought this fabric on my recent trip to the States for the 'Rose in Spanish Harlem' theme but I ended up making another dress for that theme and this poor fabric lay untouched until now.  I just adore the bright design and thought it would go perfectly with a peasant blouse I already have (alas, I did not make the peasant blouse but it comes from my absolute favourite Scottish store: Ness).

I always knew that I wanted to use this fabric for a big, gathered skirt.  The design on the fabric is perfect for this and I used the skirt from McCall's 8947.  This pattern is delicious and I do have enough fabric to make the matching bolero and to make the vest from a contrasting fabric!


This skirt took a bit longer than anticipated because I wanted to make sure to match the design across the four panels of fabric.


Then I got to the waistband and originally it's about half of the size that it is now.  However, I had cut one of the designs so that it was right in the middle of the waistband pattern piece and decided that it would look better with the whole design showing.  So I ended up making it twice as big and cutting a new piece to face the waistband.


I had the chance to meet the lovely Miss Katie today who blogs over at The Little Red Squirrel. We had so much fun going to the fabric store during lunch.  I told her about the plans for taking pictures with our kitties for this challenge and she suggested I wrap them with a bow! Awwww….so cute!  Unfortunately, one of our cats didn't want to play and only Ebi is in the photos–she's such a sweetie!

I've got several giveaways going on my blog at the moment, including one for Fancy Moon Fabric that stocks this exact printed fabric!

So what about you?  Do you love kittens or are you a dog person?  I realise Sarah and I might be duelling it out with the pets ;) lol.


Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!


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  1. Great pics, you really do the look well, slightly wicked smile and all! and you really matched that gorgeous print up perfectly – totally impressive.
    Your cat is adorable, and the bow is a great touch.

  2. Hmz, I wrote a comment, but somehow it seems to have disapeared.
    Anyway, cute pictures. They make me think of those little stickers we used to decorate our verses in our poetry albums. (No idea what they are called in English and if you had those too. We all used to have those little books as little girls, in which every friend could write a wish or verse and decorate it with these kind of pictures or drawings.)
    And the skirt is lovely!

  3. Yay!! I just know the lighter side of you, Debi … and I have to admit I love it!

  4. Everyone’s photos for this are coming out sooo good! I like cats and dogs, so there you go.
    I hope you do make the rest of the pattern, it is so cool.

  5. A cute skirt + a cute cat = a good post!

  6. Thanks Francesca! The kitty was a little camera shy–so a good thing for the bow. lol. Such a sweet cat!

  7. Love that you used to have stickers like that!!! Fantastic!

  8. Thanks Rosy :) I’ve got a fun and goofy side…lol.

  9. Thanks Lisette! I am DEFINITELY making the rest of the pattern…I just adore it!

  10. Sounds like a recipe for success :) Maybe I should take the kitty with me everywhere! Wouldn’t that be great?

  11. taking the time to match patterns REALLY paid off – Great outfit and great photos.

  12. Oh Debi! You are just too pretty. I adore the picture of you and your fabulous kitty, and your outfit is divine! Well done, my friend!

  13. Thank you my dear! xoxoxo

  14. Nice work to take care matching the patterns, it’s such a lovely print!
    xoxo sadly, I’m a dog person, so I’m with Sarah on the pets this week! xoxo

  15. Thanks Veronica! So sorry about doggie darling….he was such a cutie! Hope the move went well and I can’t wait to see more pics of your new place! xoxoxox

  16. Fabulous skirt Debi and it would of been perfect for the Spanish theme but I love that you have chosen to use it for this theme instead, great pattern matching too. You make a perfect vintage pinup queen and so does puddy cat. I’m definitely a cat person. Puuurfect sewing companion.

  17. I was anticipating what you’d make with this fabric after you told me about it and totally adored the skirt. What a gorgeous print and great matching of pattern too!

  18. Thanks Kazz…I just luv my puddy cat :) xoxoxo

  19. Thanks Adey! I was originally going to use it in the Rose in Spanish Harlem theme but it was too much to do two garments that week whilst traveling!!! I just adore this fabric too and hope to get more sometime!! I absolutely ADORED your outfit this week….great job!!

  20. Debi you look fantastic!!! Love this skirt, the cat and the photos! PS dogs rule! Team dogs! But also team cats – because they’re pretty cute too.