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Introducing the first stitchslapped garment of 2013: McCall's 5523.
The pattern is fine. In fact, I've made it before with no problems at all. The failure of this garment stems from not knowing how to handle the fabric. I used a rayon-poly-lycra stretch woven suiting and could not reconcile all of the wrinkles. They mostly appear at seam line which points to one of two problems: wrong needle size or an inconsistency in how taut the fabric was while sewing. Likely, a combination of both issues contributed to the demise of this skirt, though I think the needle size may be more to blame. I'm working on a jacket made of the same material and don't see any of these problems since switching to a smaller, sharper needle.
Will I wear this skirt? Meh. I don't know. I'll try it on with a couple of tops and/or jackets and see how I like it.
I don't give up easily and intend to try the fabric again in another pattern. I've cut out BWOF 9-2009-137 and hope to get to it within the next couple of days. This time I'll use a 75/11 microtex needle and press the seams open. We'll see how this turns out!