Friday, February 03, 2012

McCall's 5464

Pattern Description: Jumper and dress have back zipper closures and back slits
Sizing: 4 to 18

Instructions: I thought they were very thorough.  Talked about easestitching, how to sew the dart and concise order for the steps.

Fabric:  Ponte from Fabric Mart.

Likes/Dislikes:  Very basic jumper, sheath or dress with sleeve options, great princess seaming for fitting.
This dislike is it short - take a look at the model (view A in middle).  Sometimes I can be totally oblivious to this type of thing and when Erin tried this on, oops totally inappropriate for a high school teacher.  Great for date night or a party but not school.

Changes:  My main change was something for the length.  Right away I thought of a band in another color of ponte.  I ordered gray from Fabric Mart and then the last minute ordered red.  The gray ponte had the look of a sweater knit, so the red was my choice by default.  I am so happy red won - take a look
The band is a total for 10" folded in half and sewn onto the bottom of the dress.

Conclusion:  This dress looks fabulous on Erin and she styled it with a cardigan and a belt.  I think this pattern is so versatile and you can have so many looks with one pattern.  It would be a great jumper but Erin prefers to wear it as a sheath-style dress. 

There is lots of colorblocking inspiration at Nordstrom


  1. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Hi Lori,

    What is the time frame for the sewalong? The more I read your progress, the more interested I find myself.

  2. love, love, love that red block of color!!

  3. Great dress! Love the splash of red at the bottom!

  4. Great dress and like the colorblock of red.

  5. I love this and the way Erin styled it. Isn't it funny how 'design opportunities' turn out to be our best creations. :)

  6. Color blocking is such fun, but not always easily accomplished. Color blocking comes and goes in fashion, but each time with a different twist. You did nice work of making these fabrics complement each other.

  7. That is sooooo awesome! Another idea to steal and add to my inspiration file. I'm sure Erin looks amazing in it.

  8. Wonderful! Such a versatile piece. Great hem treatment.

  9. I love the red hem it really looks like it was meant to be like that.

  10. How lucky the dress was to short, the added red band is adorable.

  11. I love the red hem! Much better and more unique this way. This is truly inspired, dear Lori!