Hot! The “Muneca” Wrap Skirt

McCall’s M5430

Fabric: Pique and Cotton Silk Blend (Gifted) plus Cotton Lining
Pattern: McCall’s M5430
Notions: Thread, Assortment of Metallic Thread and Interfacing
Time to Complete: 9 Hours
First worn: Shopping to Buy Fabric and then to Work!
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: $16 – $10 Fabric, $6 Notions, Rest from Stash

Ok, is it just me or do those patterns that state 1 hour done are never done in 1 hour. Maybe I’m slow, this skirt took me 2.5 hours and the rest of the time was spent on embroidery, which was a lot of fun. My best friend Carmen, has a dog named Muneca that she rescued.


She is so cute and adorable, I thought it would be fun to do my version of a poodle skirt with a doggy drawing like Muneca. A quick search online and I found a drawing that worked perfectly. First – I added some of my own touches, (Had to have a dragonfly!) then basted the paper print to a piece of pique cotton I had interfaced to be thick enough to use on my machine.  Using a narrow zig-zag set with a short stitch length I stitched right through the paper with metallic thread. This is the first time I have used metallic thread, it gave the embroidery a nice modern sparkle and the colors really popped off the white fabric. When I was finished with all the stitching I just peeled the paper off, trimmed the dog out, sewed the shape to the solid white panel so the piqué cotton would act as nice texture for the doggy.

Doggy Drawing Peeled Away









Close Up Doggy


















Pique Cotton stretches easily so I interfaced the waistband and lined the pockets with a cotton lining. I really like the mixture of the white fabrics to add interest of tone on tone to the simple wrap skirt. Right now the skirt ties to the side but I may change that to a buckle, it just feels a little bulky with the fabric I chose. At lunchtime we walked around the neighborhood and took some pictures outdoors, it felt like 100 degrees and melting!

The “Muneca” Wrap Skirt – Sitting Full View

The “Muneca” Wrap Skirt – Side View with Statues

The “Muneca” Wrap Skirt – Close View with Tie

The “Muneca” Wrap Skirt – Fabric Contrast






Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Cute as ca be! I didn’t know about that paper trick! I’ll have to try that sometime. My favorite photo is of you standing by those legs! Those are pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Barbara, first time I did this technique, I had fingers crossed that it would work and I think I will do this again. Those statues were just installed in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN.

  2. Cute cute cute! That’s the only word for it.

  3. Very cute! I have to remember this embroidery technique. I have a embroidery-sewing machine (all combined) but I am always too lazy to get the embroidery module out, set it up, programme a motif etc. since I am going to use it only once anyway. Your way is great for motifs one only needs once.
    Oh, and I am also very slow compared to what the time it supposedly takes to make a garment…I know a wrap skirt is quite simple but I seriously can’t imagine anyone can really make one within one hour unless they are really used to the pattern and have used it several times already. I am a particularly slow sewer – just the cutting alone always takes me so much time…

  4. Hi Djamila, I have an Elna machine from Switzerland, it has 63 stitches, so sometimes I use some of the decorative stitches. I think my next machine may include embroidery but I never really thought I would need one. Of course that was before I joined SewWeekly. When we did the MadMen Challenge I had done a similar technique to appliqué the roses. I was sure if it would work when I tried the paper template but I figured, give it a try, it may work just fine and it did.

    Yeah, I realized I’m slow but now that I think about it, I’m glad because I really enjoy sewing, for me it’s about the process from start to finish and I really don’t want o hurry. Have a great week and happy sewing.

  5. Looks great. I love the vintage feel.

  6. Funny you should say that Stephanie, the drawing is from French Knots but a friend of mine said Casey from Elegant Musing used the same drawing for a vintage vibe, I had no idea the drawing was vintage. Here’s the link…

  7. SO cute.. I love it.

  8. That dog is so cute! I like the way you combined the fabrics. I didn’t know that about pique. that explains why my pique skirt was so big!

    • Hey Gina, remember – The “Jazz Saxtastic” Ensemble I did for the childhood challenge? That jacket was pique and it was the first time I sewed with it. The piqué looked so pretty on the reverse side, I skipped lining the jacket, so every time I wear it, it stretched out of shape. Then when I went back to the fabric store I asked if that was typical and they said yes because the weave is loose to get the texture. So they always recommend lining or interfacing for structure. Live and learn.

  9. I didn’t even notice the legs until I read Barbara’s comments! I was too busy looking at your fabulous embroidery and skirt! Love it!

    • Hi Katy, thank you for the kind words. I thought it would be funny to pose with the statues, the skirt is super comfy and I definitely will think about adding embellishments to future outfits! Happy sewing.

  10. You look so great in white and with all the sun you’ve been bathing in you look great. Love your skirt and how you mixed up the fabrics. Very cute doggy embroidery too.

    • Thanks Kazz, it was fun to work on but have to say yours was inspiring. Embellishing rules! Did you see, Mena posted more challenges. Holy cow, I can’t believe how fast this year is sewing.

  11. This is sooooo cute! P.S. Krista, you are a great model!

    • Oh, thank you Bethany. I’m not really comfortable in front of the camera, but I keep pushing myself with all the great inspiration I see on the site. I’m always a little surprise when I preview the shots.

  12. Ooh that’s so cute, and a post so chokka full with advice – I didn’t know that about piqué and am now inspired to try out some machine embroidery with that paper technique. I need to think more carefully about up-coming challenges to incorporate some. Thank you!

    • I’m dieting to see you yellow embroidered shirt, I know – cheating checking out the pending list.

  13. Hi Tempest, your welcome, I’ve learned so much from others people’s post, including you:) that I want to share how I do things, sometimes I even get suggestion how to do it easier next time. I love to try new techniques! I’m definitely using this embroidery method on a few plain thirst I have, it an easy way to make some fun graphics. Wonder what’s missing out of your wardrobe for next weeks challenge. It should be fun to see all the post. Happy Sewing.

  14. I LOVE your doggy embroidery : ) The whole outfit is fresh and cute, good job! Don’t you love finding and featuring the art in your area? I see things in a while new way now and am always thinking…can I use that for a back drop for a challenge? Thanks for constantly sharing.

    • Thanks Loran, I feel like I’m always scouting for locations now. If fact this past weekend we went o governors island and had a blast. Check out the show of fashion…Empire Historic Arts Fund presents the fashion exhibit: “Tattered and Torn (On The Road To Deaccession): May 26-September 30, Governors Galleries
      An installation of costume de-accessioned from various museums due to condition issues that make them undesirable for exhibit in the upper echelon museum world. Empire Historic Arts takes a different stance and offer them as an amazing resource to people interested in the design and construction of 19th century costume.