Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Easy Mccalls 5893

I finished the Mccall's 5893 dress pattern that I have been working on, and I want to say that I really love it!  I am definitely making another one of these!  Here is the pattern to refresh your memory...

The view I made is view C, an empire waist dress with a scooped neckline and elastic casing at the waist.  Since this was the first thing I have ever sewn for myself to wear, I enlisted the help of Nancy Zieman's book, Pattern Fitting with Confidence.  I took all of my measurements and finessed the pattern in order to come up with this...

Meet my leopard print lovely!  I used a cotton knit leopard print for this pattern, and sewed a size 8, making adjustments to the bust and waist.  The fit came out nearly perfect.  Next time, I will sew a size 10 with the same adjustments.  Overall, I am happy with it. It feels so natural and comfortable on, and is the perfect dress to throw on and know I still look great!  Speaking of looking great, I am in the middle of a horrible allergic reaction right now.  My face has clusters of itchy red bumps on it right now, and so even though I wanted to show you pics of me in the dress, those will have to wait until my allergic reaction has cleared.  

In the meantime, here is a close-up picture of the dress.

This pattern was definitely easy to sew, and great for beginners.  You will sew darts, gather, make a casing for elastic, and sew narrow hems.  My favorite was attaching pockets!  All of this is relatively easy, but it took me more than the "1 hour" that the pattern states.  If I had to do it again, I could maybe sew everything in an hour (yeah right).

I am still not sure what I am going to be working on next.  I have some leftover leopard print fabric, and I think I may have enough for a shirt, but we'll see.  I am having so much fun sewing knits that I don't think I want to give that up yet!

Stay sew-filled!


  1. Very pretty dress and I am very glad you made something for yourself. My sympathy for your allergic reaction. I had to give up shellfish a few years ago--yeah try 2 months on steriods and see how large you can get. Not pretty, my head was square.

  2. Hi Vanessa - thanks for visiting my blog and I'm delighted to have now discovered yours. I love your leopard print dress - it's such a great choice of fabric for this pattern. I smiled when you said it took you more than an hour - if it's any consolation I have never managed to make one of those one hour patterns within an hour! Hope your allergy clears up soon.

  3. Very pretty print...love it!! I liked that pattern too...it had alot of good reviews.


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