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|McCall's: 4424 (Laura Ashley summer dresses) - Type:Toddlers |
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|Reviewed by:||Alison Cummins|
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|Member since: 9/1/02 |
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|Posted on:||6/20/12 8:33 PM |
|Last Updated:||8/3/13 8:32 PM|
McCall's Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|See other patterns in this category: Baby clothes |
|Available for sale on PR: $9.56 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
A summer dress with shoulder straps that cross in the back, and a full skirt.
Small to XL. I don't remember what sizes I made.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, given the changes that I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the straps but not the bows.
Quilting cotton as a main fabric with a lighter fabric for lining and piping.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the bows.
The pattern has buttons on the inside of the waistband which fit through buttonholes in the straps. The bows hide the stitches where the buttons are sewn through the waistband. Without bows, that meant putting buttons on the straps and buttonholes in the waistband.
Similarly to my B5624, I made the straps and waistband narrower so that I could add piping without changing the size. This ended up making a mess of the waistband. 1) There was more bulk because of the piping; 2) The waistband was narrower than originally designed; 3) There are an awful lot of buttons and buttonholes to cram in that narrow, bulky waistband. I finished the dresses and the recipient wears them, but the back waist is a mess.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd sew it again, but I'd think carefully about piping, if any, to leave room to put in buttonholes. The skirt also seems unnecessarily full for a playdress, so I'd take some of that out.
Those straps are just so cute! They're ideal for hot weather and are perfect for adjustable fitting for a child whose size you are just guessing at - and who is growing anyway.
Dress being modelled
(hats in the photos above are made from B5624)
Update from January 2013: I ordered this fabric from Spoonflower to make a new version because I thought the doggie looked just like her.
To save bulk I didn't pipe it this time, just cut the lining bigger so that it would show, and edge stitched it tidily.
I knew the dress was going to be too big. You can see that I added added another set of buttonholes to the waistband, further out from the centre, so she can wear it anyway. It looks fine from the front but gapes in the back.
(I made the matching doll outfit just by taking the clothes the doll came with and tracing them out. No pattern.)
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