When McCalls 7356 was released, I saw it and thought it would be interesting, especially in the C and D views. But I didn’t want to go buy fun and interesting fabric for it without a muslin first. Besides, I’m also on a self-imposed “use your stash” challenge, so I decided to go through it and see what scraps I had that might be large enough to fit the bill. Earlier this year I had to purchase two yards of red satin for the Fourth of July dress (since I went to Hancock Fabrics during their liquidation sale). I managed to eke View A and the godets for View B (just in case) out of the remaining scraps from that dress. I briefly contemplated using the leftover plaid from the Fourth of July dress as the contrast panels and ties as well, but decided that may be a bit much. Self editing is always a good idea! 🙂 I also used the red satin as the pockets and back pocket lining for the jeans below, but that will be for another blog post. 🙂
As a pattern review, I made a Size 8, in View A, out of Red Shantung Satin. I omitted the piping and sleeves. I also used the godets from View B as well, but they didn’t drape well once sewn, so I removed them. The pattern has wide facings for the V-neck and the armholes. I used them initially, but they were bulky and cumbersome. This weekend I decided that the armhole facings had to go and I ripped them off ( 🙂 literally) and replaced them with 7/8 inch single fold bias binding that was leftover from a previous project. It feels and looks better, on the hanger and on the body. I also did not use the hem depth specified on the pattern and simply finished the edge and turned it under by 3/8 of an inch.
I would make it again in the future, but with several modifications. So, I’m glad that I made a muslin first. I would lower the V neck a little more, lengthen the top to a more visually pleasing length for my height, and use bias binding again for the armholes and possibly the neckline. I would also try to add the godets and ties if I were to use a much lighter weight fabric.
A few years ago, I decided I was going to get back into sewing, and I picked up a few patterns to start with. My mom cautioned me to pick patterns of clothes that I would actually want to wear, not just items that looked quick and easy. One of the patterns I bought was McCalls 5292. Then, as it is wont to do, life happened, and sewing was pushed to the way side again. Along with the sewing machine, McCalls 5292 was put away in a drawer and forgotten about. It seems that even McCalls has forgotten about it, because if you search for it on their website, it doesn’t come up. The picture to the right is from the website sewing.patternreview.com. You can see my review of the pattern there as well. Fast forward to present day, As I was perusing my patterns while looking at this lovely, lightweight fabric of green, blue, and purple squares (one of the polyester charmeuse fabrics gifted to me by my mother), this one popped up and the yardage needed matched the yardage I was given. In my world, that’s a sign that this dress finally needs to happen. 🙂 So I made it 🙂
As a pattern review, I sewed View C in a size 10. I based my sizing decision on the finished garment measurements on the pattern. This is an older pattern that is discontinued and the sizing in the 4-6-8-10 range is smaller than most of my current patterns.
I really liked the neckline and flared skirt, but my fabric was so lightweight, i decided to underline the skirt with the same fabric i used for the lining (a hunter green pongee lining fabric). It was a little extra work, but I think it paid off in the finished product because the skirt hangs and wears nicely, without getting caught between my legs when I walk or stand. Since the skirt is underlined, Instead of a 1-1/4″ hem, I used a narrow hem of about 5/8″. The only other alteration I made was simply for a clean finish on the interior. The instructions have you machine stitch the midriff and midriff lining pieces together and then stitch them as one to the skirt, leaving that seam visible on the inside of the dress. For a cleaner finish, I stitched the midriff and skirt together, and then hand sewed the midriff lining down over that seam allowance. Yes, I chose to hand sew of all things. What can I say? My mom was right :), I like the look and feel of it better than leaving the raw edge.
I like it and I’m glad I finally made it. And look, I included a twirling shot just for y’all! I think it would make a cute peplum-style top instead of a full dress and who doesn’t like options? 🙂 What do you think?
I was invited to a wedding in Detroit, over the Fourth of July weekend. I wanted to be weather appropriate and festive, and coordinate with my date, but instead of going dress shopping, I went fabric shopping. He decided his tie and socks early on, and I decided to coordinate with them. I also wanted a full skirt and a fitted bodice, so I dug into my patterns and came up with about four that might possibly work, then decided on one I hadn’t gotten a chance to make yet. Vogue 8972, with it’s waist shaping and full skirt option, was my number one draft pick. We went to Joann’s with no avail. Then, on a last minute decision, we went to a liquidating Hancock Fabrics, and found the fabrics that said this dress was definitely meant to be.
As a pattern review, I made View D in a size 6 with an A cup bodice. Oh yeah, let’s talk fabric! For the dress, the bodice – Red Shantung Satin, the midriff – Red, White, and Blue Plaid Cotton, and for the skirt – a Navy Blue that shimmers to Black Crinkle Taffeta. For the lining, bodice is self lined with the same Red Shantung Satin, the midriff is lined in a very lightweight White Satin, and the skirt is lined in Navy Blue Pongee Lining fabric.
As a design change/alteration, I used an invisible zipper and did not topstitch it.
I think it came out well. In future iterations I think I will scoop the neckline lower and possibly change to the B cup bodice pieces. I also eventually want to make one of the sheath views. By the way, the bolero is from McCalls 3033, with lengthened sleeves, shaped back to match dress, and lined in plaid. 🙂 What can I say, I like to match. 🙂
I once made a dress, in a pretty black and grey fabric, with gold chains on it. I followed all the directions, tried on the dress, and it fit. Then I tossed it into the laundry to be washed and worn. When I pulled it out, the fabric had unraveled so much that a key seam was not repairable. That dress was Simplicity 1375. I still wanted a dress in that style, but the frustration caused me to put the pattern away for months. I had a cruise coming up, and I thought this fabric (gifted to me by my mommy from her stash) would be perfect for it, do you agree?
As a pattern review, Simplicity 1375 is described as “misses’ and plus size easy-to-sew maxi dresses with faux wrap & flutter sleeve with cold shoulder option. short dress can be faux wrap with flutter sleeves or deep v with 1/2 sleeves or cold shoulder.” I sewed View D in a size XXS with a polyester charmeuse in greens and yellows with a dotted wave pattern. This time to try to ensure I will be able to wear it more than once, I overlocked the raw edges after each seam was done. My fabric did not hold a press well, so I overlocked the binding edges and stitched down instead of pressing under (as per the directions). I also altered the way the casing was done. I used both sections of the seam allowance and stitched them down, instead of following the directions to trim one edge and fold under the other one and stitch. I recognized (this time 🙂 lol) that my fabric is subject to fraying incessantly, so hopefully my changes will prevent this dress from coming apart.
I liked this dress the first time, so I’m glad I took the time to make it again, and I’m glad that I took the time to think about the process beforehand to make sure it will last. I now consider that first dress a lesson to not follow directions mindlessly. Even in sewing we should critically consider every choice in relation to the whole and make the best decision from there. I think this dress flattering, and hope to get a lot of wearings out of it. I do want to mention that the straight skirt does cause a long-legged girl like me to shorten her stride slightly. 🙂 but who cares? Doesn’t it look nice? lol
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at menswear for a while, and the opportunity arose to make a man’s button down shirt. I was excited because it would also involve altering the basic pattern for a man that is “hard to fit”. We decided on Kwik Sew 3422, because of it’s design, collar options, and sleeve options. We went to Joann’s (my Hancock Fabrics is going out of business 😦 ) and he picked out a paisley print cotton. After two muslins and fittings to get the fit and pocket placement right, I was ready to get to it.
As a pattern review, I made View A in a size Large, with some alterations to fit and please the recipient. The pocket, once done according to the instructions, was too small for his taste. To compensate, I used the same size piece and adjusted the height by turning the facing under and stitching, as opposed to folding it backward and stitching. Shape alterations were made from the armhole to the hip to fit his frame (tapered to waist then back out to accommodate the hip area). Oh, and he likes collar buttons, so I added those as well. End result? He loves it, so a win in my book. 🙂 He even wore it on our cruise and patiently waited for me to take pictures. 🙂
May we talk about Vogue 8997, please? I know it’s been talked about a dozen times over by other people, but I think I love it. I picked up this color splotched stretch cotton sateen at Hancock Fabrics last fall when the Spring Coordinates section went to 70% off. Remember this dress from last fall? Same fabric sale, so I had to get it. I used a random white polyester stable knit that I found in pieces in the remnant bin to line it. I love them together. The dress has some heft when you pick it up, but feels like a second skin when on.
Just look at it, the V-neck, the V-back, the full skirt, and guess what? It has pockets! Why did I wait so long to jump on the Vogue 8997 bandwagon? 🙂
As a pattern review, it’s described as “lined dress has princess seams, close-fitting bodice, raised waist, stitched hems, back zipper, and unlined sleeve variations.” I sewed view B in a size 6. I followed the directions except for slipstitching the shoulders. I pulled them through the bodice and machine stitched them instead.
I love this dress. It feels great, the pockets are well placed and hidden. It twirls with abandon, and i want so many more iterations of it! 🙂
I was looking through patterns for a top that I could possibly wear for dance competitions this summer, and came across McCalls 7191. It seems I can’t resist a V-neck pattern. My mom gifted a blue and green lightweight woven to me from her stash (Why she had polyester in there? I don’t know, because she’s a cotton girl from way back! But, I got more pretties from her that you will see soon, so no complaints here 🙂 !) that I thought was perfect for it, so I got to work.
As a pattern review, this one is described as “semi-fitted, pullover tops have self-lined yoke back, back hemline variations, V-neckline, French darts and narrow hem.” I used a size 6 and made View A. The instructions were easy to follow, and the only change I made was instead of slipstitching the yoke per the instructions, I stitched the neckline in one pass, so the raw edge lays between the overlay and yoke unseen when worn. As a note, there are four layers of fabric across your upper back when doing view A. Also the muslin showed me the arm holes would probably be too small. To accommodate that issue, I cut extra length on the armhole facings and deepened the armholes to taste after it was put together before applying the facings.
I like this top and will sew it again. On the next iteration, I will alter the pattern to deepen the armholes, lower the neckline slightly, rotate the bust darts down slightly, and possibly lower the overlay in back. It conceals the bra completely while standing still but not necessarily while moving. 🙂 Not truly bothersome for me, but if it can be fixed, why not? 🙂