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

11 comments:

  1. Hi Lori,

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

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

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

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  4. Great dress and like the colorblock of red.

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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