McCall’s 9125

Do you ever finish sewing something, try it on and just feel…blah about it? This is one of those.


This skirt is McCall’s 9125, a vintage pattern for a skirt or culottes, jacket and shirt. I am having trouble finding a picture of the pattern online to show you, but the envelope says it’s from 1967. To be honest, this is the kind of skirt that doesn’t even need a pattern – it’s literally two rectangles, gathered and sewn onto a tabbed waistband. But hey, I had the pattern and it’s actually the perfect length for me. This is my second time making it – I don’t think I’ve blogged the first one, only Instagrammed it a while back. I do wear the first one on occasion – it has chartreuse foxes on it, after all – but I’m just not feeling this one.


The fabric is a rayon challis from Backstreet Bargains (I think) that I’ve had for a while. I love the teal colour, and it’s so flowy and soft. I thought it would work well for this pattern, but now I’m not so sure. It does feel summery to wear, but I don’t feel like it’s very flattering?


Especially not from the back…geez. Excuse the odd poses, I was wearing a longish cardigan and instead of taking it off, I just hitched it up and held it there. It has a handpicked lapped zipper, done following the instructions on an old vintage zip, and it has a snap fastening at the waistband with a decorative button on the tab.


It even has self-made matching bias tape on the hem! Why did I go to so much trouble for a skirt I had my doubts about? Who knows. At least it’s well made. But I think I’ll be donating it, sadly, as I just don’t see myself wearing it.

Do you keep your dud makes, or do you get rid of them as soon as you can?


6 thoughts on “McCall’s 9125

  1. Yes I do feel blah about some of my makes but I figure it’s just part of the sewing process. I find it really hard to get rid of my me-mades, especially if I’ve put a lot of love into them but I try to imagine that they’re going to a good home where someone loves them 🙂

    • I’d like to think that, but I feel like someone would pick my stuff up in an op shop and be all like “what is this handmade crap?” Haha. Oh well. Maybe someone else will love the skirt more than I will!

  2. I think these are cuter than you’re giving them credit for! If anything they might need to be worn a smidge higher on your waist? They seem like they’d be really comfy though. Unless my make is a total fail, I’ll keep it around for a month or so to see if I can get any wear out of it. If not I’ll see if they fit a friend. Worse case senario it either becomes a donation or cleaning rags.

  3. I think it looks lovely. A basic skirt. Rayon is perfect for this style skirt and I had one in the ’80’s I love, love, loved. I think it’s the dark colour on the top… maybe something white or red.

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