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|McCall's: 5975 - Type:Dresses |
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|About tigergirl |
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|Posted on:||1/11/13 2:08 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Poly-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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I cut a size 12 (mostly - changes outlined below)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much - the fabric I used gives a different look, I also put an a-line skirt on it.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Didn't actually use them because there was so litttle to it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the simple lines with a few options that set the versions apart. A very versatile pattern.
a nude/pinky mesh with another cut up mesh on top that is attached every now and then by a thin thread - it looks truly raggedy. It's also quite sheer. If anyone knows what this is, let me know.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My current measurements (just had to redo these for a Lekala order):
Upper bust: 89 cm (35")
Under bust: 77cm (small rib cage? narrow back?)
I cut a size 12 bodice with the following changes:
I cut the side seam of the front on the size 14 line from the armscye down to the waist
I lowered the waist line of the front bodice because I think some of my waist lines have been too short at the front lately - it wasn't necessary which I think is due to the weight of the fabric pulling everything down.
I cut the back bodice on the fold, instead of two separate pieces with a seam down the back - I reduced the side seams from about an inch under the double notches down to the waist to compensate for the extra on the centre back at the bottom (because the seam was supposed to be curved) and because my waist is a lot smaller at the back. The back waist ended up being approx. 1cm smaller on each side than the size 8.
I didn't bother with the facing (if interfacing was called for, I didn't use that either).
I *think* the pattern makers wanted you to put a zip in it - nah, I had no intention - directions, schmections, I say.
On the back neck, I turned the sa in and stitched with a double needle.
I shortened the cap sleeves (also size 12) but off the top of my head, I can't remember how much by - wasn't much though.
The cowl was a bit deep for me, so I ended up angling the inside front corners of the neckline (the cowl part) an extra 3cm to pull the cowl up.
I used a ribbon hanger loop from a RTW dress/top as shoulder stabiliser (those ribbons come in handy for lots of things).
Twin needled the hem and the hem of the sleeves.
I had to take at least 4cm off the bottom of the back bodice because of sway back but I think that this is such a stretchy fabric that the weight contributed to quite a bit of that, so in a different fabric, who knows?
I used my overlocker (serger) for all of the seams.
I made my own belt, I think they include a pattern piece but really? It's just a long rectangle (actually, mine is pieced, so it's 3 rectangles - not at all noticeable in this fabric).
I'll definately be making this again in another version (I really like the pleated front neckline version), it was fast and easy. I love easy to wear dresses that can go from work to around the house to running errands and doing the groceries. I might even make the straight skirt, it's just that I love that I can sit/run/walk however I feel like in an a-line, so unless I'm working I can find straight skirts a bit restrictive sometimes.
More pics in this blog post.
Finally I get to write a review without all of the drama of things going wrong, not to worry, there's a few of them coming up once I actually get around to hemming the dresses.
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