In between gardening and chickie chores, I managed some time for sewing. I even branched out! I made the McCall’s 5659 pattern, using fabrics from my stash.
While the dress turned out, no thanks to the instructions (more on this in a bit), the dress just doesn’t fit. I’ve taken it in the body and still, it is just too big. I made the size based on chest measurements (which is recommended for tailoring clothes), and it’s just big. Big sigh. A giant tent…but there may be hope to fix it…
The instructions, in some areas, were pretty unclear. I am not sure how many beginners could have done this project. The method for creating the arm bands was laughable and I actually had to redo them (once using their method, because I was trying to follow the pattern, and then once the logical way) and yet, they still stick out more than I like.
What drew me to this pattern was the neckline – something different! And if you had followed the direction for making it, you would have been pulling your hair out! I just browsed the instructions at that point and did it another way.
Here’s the enormous tent pleat. I think I’ll revamp this area using this recommendation from sewhappyclothes: “replaced the single pleat in the middle with ten 1/4″ pleats that extend down to the waist. Below the waist, traced the pleats and then cinched the waist with elastic thread in a process called shirring“. That should take care of the pregnant dress look. Although, shirring doesn’t always work well for me…hmmm….
What do you think about the colors? I only had enough of the print to use what I did and lucked out with the blue in the stash. Do you think this dress would look better if in all one print, like here? Or maybe I should have used jersery fabric for stretch? And maybe make it in a smaller size??? Maybe I’m just selecting dress patterns that don’t work for my body type? I don’t know…
I asked Jon what he thought about the dress and he said it was ok. So, I asked another question: “what if I wore it out in public”? He answered: “oh, I thought it was a house dress”. Not the look I going for, I’m afraid!