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|McCall's: 5836 (Girl Tops, Dresses, and Bottom) - Type:Kids(boys & girls) |
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|Reviewed by:||Judy Kski|
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|Posted on:||6/22/13 9:31 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/24/13 11:19 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Blend [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: TODDLERS AND CHILDREN'S TOPS, DRESSES, SHORTS AND PANTS: Close fitting, lined bodice top or dress with pleated skirt, shoulder straps with gathers, purchased ribbon variations; dresses E, F have ruffles and are mid-knee length; shorts G or pants H have elasticized waistline; pants H is below mid-calf length. |
Pattern Sizing: CB (1-2-3), CF (4-5-6). Sizes 1 through 4 are Toddlers'; 5 and 6 are Children's. I made a Size 4. This UFO project was supposed to go to my great niece, but since it sat around for a year, I'm giving it to a friend of the family for his daughter. She loves purple so I know she's going to love this dress. Here she is in her new dress.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with the exception of one slight modification as mentioned below.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were well written.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the gathered shoulder straps since they're a little different than the usual flat ones. I left off the 1/4" ribbon bows because I thought they looked cute just the way they were.
Fabric Used: Both are Tutti Fruitti fabrics (65% Polyester/35% Cotton) from Jo-Ann's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations to the pattern. The following design changes were made:
1. I left the 1/4" wide ribbon bows off the front of the shoulder straps.
2. I finished the top of the ruffle with a rolled edge instead of turning it under 1/4" and topstitching it 1/8" from the fold as directed. The top of the ruffle is visible from the outside so this made more sense than the usual finishing technique. Here is how I did it:
(a) Join two ruffle sections together at the side seam.
(b) Use your favorite seam finishing technique such as serging, turning under and stitching or a French seam to clean finish the SA.
(c) You will be serging the top edge of the ruffle and cutting a scant 1/8" of fabric off as you go. Set your serger up for a rolled edge and practice on a few scraps until you get the look you like. You could use decorative thread or serging thread. I used Maxi-Lock serging thread which looked great, but a rayon thread would have been showier since it's shiny instead of matte.
(d) Join the remaining two side seams to form the circular ruffle. Finish the SA's just as you did in Step (b).
(e) The rolled edge stitch will catch the top of one SA, but not the other. Hand stitch the top of the second SA flat for a clean finish on both sides.
TIP: When joining the ruffle to the bottom of the dress, baste a line of contrasting thread at the 5/8" seamline. Use this as a guideline when you pin the gathered ruffle to the dress and topstitch it in place. This will not only help you to position the ruffle, but will also make for easy removal once the ruffle is attached.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes on both accounts. I think it's a very cute dress with just the right amount of frilliness. Any little girl would feel very comfortable wearing such a light and airy dress.
Conclusion: This is a great pattern for Summer attire. Be sure to pick it up for building a warm weather wardrobe for any little girl.
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