I have been working on my sewing discipline, finish what I start, sew what I love and all that. I finally decided to make myself a perfect knit dress. I purchased stacks of wonderful fabrics at an estate sale in my neighborhood a couple of months ago and had some viable candidates to make McCalls 5752.
The dress came together in two evenings, a long time for machine sewing for me. The instructions were so detailed I spent most of the time disregarding the "tips". I am sure they are helpful to some, but I found they slowed me down. The construction of the midriff took as long as sewing the rest of the dress. I edge finished the seams with my serger. I serged and folded the hems of the sleeves and skirt bottom. I am 5 feet 8 inches and this skirt brushes me knees when hemmed. I only hemmed it the depth of my four-thread serger. If you want it longer keep that in mind.
One of the great things about having a custom to my body dress form is that I can post pictures of completed garments without having to put on lip gloss. Here is BIRA the photos of the completed dress.
|Bira wearing the "perfect" knit dress.|
|Front of dress bodice|
|Side panel gathers|
|Back right. Notice the extra fabric at the top.|
|Detail of the back collar|
|The back ripple is not that bad when worn.|
Here is my review of this pattern:
Dresses A,B,C,D have gathered, wrapped bodice, gathered self-lined midriff, A-line skirt and sleeve variations. A&B have gathered shawl collar and extended overarms; C&D have gathered shoulders, choice of sleeves.
8-14 I cut size 10 of view B
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were, but I thought they were too wordy. I found myself asking "Is this really necessary?" on the midriff portion especially.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the collar and midriff gathering. I didn't like that the second front and back midriff lining created a third layer of fabric around the stomach. Who wants that!? I omitted the "lining" on the midriff.
I am not happy with the gathers in the back. It buckles a bit in the back despite my following the directions.
A double knit I purchased at an estate sale for a buck a yard.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the midriff lining as I thought it would add too much bulk in the midsection.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will not make this one again. This one is distinct enough for me not to want two of them. I also have other wrap dress patterns to try.
I like it okay. It has nice features, but the billing of this as the "perfect" knit dress is a bit of a let down. If the back panel came together without a hitch, I would have liked it better. I know it sounds silly, but words have power.