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Friday, May 28, 2010

McCall's 5850 - Amber's Graduation Dress

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5850
Description: Lined dresses are 4" above knee and have back zipper closure; package features interchangeable components to create your own design; choices include three bodices, two midriffs, gathered skirt, bubble skirt, bubble skirt with hem band and optional bows; included in package are tips for embellishing your finished dress.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18. I cut the 4.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does.

Fabric: I used a white polyester brocade from Jo-Anns that I found in the bridal section. I used a black matte satin for the contrast.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very! I only read over them initially and never referred back.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My daughter loves and often buys Trixxi dresses. She showed me a couple of styles she liked and ask me to make her a white dress for graduation. I thought this pattern was the PERFECT one!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I cut the size 4 and graded to a size 8 at the waist to the hip.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely recommend this dress. It's very easy and a real quick project. I'll sew it again if Amber wants me to!

More graduation pictures:



Friday, May 14, 2010

Vogue 1154 - Badgley Mischka Dress


Project Detail:

Pattern: Vogue 1154 - Badgley Mischka


Description: Close-fitting, strapless, lined dress has seam details, piping trim, princess seams, foundation with boning, side front pockets, pleats and darts, above mid-knee length.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18. I cut the 16.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does.

Fabric: Black and white floral jacquard - 100% cotton. The pattern suggested damask. The only damask that I could find locally was in the home decor sections. It was much heavier than what I would have wanted for Summer dress. I decided on a jacquard instead.

Lining: Black Bemberg Rayon

Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, the instructions were great. For a few instances, I didn't even use them. I referred to my own reference material for construction assistance.

Badgley Mischka Platinum Label Beaded Strapless Dress - $650 - Saks.com

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I adore patterns from my favorite designers! I also love the fact that I could replicate the $650 dress for only a fraction of the retail cost! This dress has a foundation also. I love that! I don't think you'd get the same perfect fit of the bodice without.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added 3" to the length... you know, my usual. Instead of using the covered plastic boning, I went with steel boning.


I used Susan Khalje's instructions on creating boning channels. I also added a waist stay and used grosgrain for the hanger loops. I also added piping to the midriff. On the original, a contrasting fabric was used. Since I didn't do that, I still wanted the waist area to "pop".

I read in "Bridal Couture" that the possibilities are almost endless in the choices for interfacing. I had made a formal a couple few years ago that used can can netting in the bodice. And this is what I used in this dress. I took a picture of it, but with it being black you really couldn't see it. Trust me, it worked out great!



And I love adding lace to the hem of the lining!


The only thing I didn't like about this design was all of the pattern pieces and cutting. There were soooooooo many pieces. I didn't even count the total... I got lost in the amount.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I wouldn't sew it again. It's simply too many more dresses I want to make. But I do recommend it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm sewing, what are you doing?


This is a sneak peak of my version of Vogue 1154. Boy, is this a fun a project! I've become almost addicted to dresses with a corselette foundation.

What are YOU working on?

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Vogue 1183 - Kay Unger Dress


Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1183 - Kay Unger

Fabric: Black 100% Linen

Description: Fitted, lined dress, above mid-knee length, has princess seams, midriff, straight skirt, back zipper, slit and topstitch trim. Purchased belt.


Pattern Size: 6-20. I cut the 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were. This pattern is rated 'EASY' with good reason!

“I love that [the patterns] are
giving women the freedom
to create for themselves
and express who they are.” - Kay Unger


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What's not to love! If I didn't have time to make a dress and needed one for an event or occasion, I'd buy a Kay Unger! The cut of this dress is so flattering! The midriff section is contoured and makes the waist, hips and butt look great! I love princess seams! And I love the topstitching. I am curious as to why the topstitching wasn't continued in the skirt part of the dress.



Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added about 3 inches to the hemline. And I sewed down the front opening. I knew there would be gaping right there. Even though the flat pattern measurements seemed to fit my needs, I could have used a small FBA. Notice my opening is much more than the original.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I wouldn't sew it again. It's simply too many more dresses I want to make. But I do recommend it.