Pattern Review: McCalls 5314


Overall, I am happy with the dress. There is something funny with the hemline, but I think that hanging it on the bias might have caused some uneveness?

Now that it’s done, I’ve been twirling around looking for a sock hop to go to.

I like the fit on top. With a dark bra it’s
not as see through as I was worried about.

Cost: $50. That’s a lot for me. I bought this pretty shirting on an impulse from A Fabric Place in Baltimore. I say impulse because it was $10 a yard and I didn’t find out until I was at the counter. Ummm, dress takes 5 yards.

I am a lazy beast and it took an eternity to get this sucker cut out. Please, do yourself a favor and use 60 inch wide fabric.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
My favorite new alteration since I turned 30 ‘low bust’. Sigh. At any rate, I had to take in some fullness at the top of the princess seams. I also added an inch in length to the bodice. I’ve been thinking lately that it should be a standard alteration for me. I should have taken some in at the waist when I did that, but, it’s not that bad and it just means there is room to grow.

You will need a racing back bra for this dress or draft the shoulders a little wider.

Conclusion
Can someone do something about the weather? I need it to get above 65 degrees and I can wear it.

And, I also got the lawn mowed!

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20 thoughts on “Pattern Review: McCalls 5314

  1. That is very cute! I have this same pattern. I plan on making the one with the cap sleeves! You look fabulous in this dress.

  2. That is very cute! I have this same pattern. I plan on making the one with the cap sleeves! You look fabulous in this dress.

  3. Cidell – this looks great on you. Very springlike and light. I know what you mean about the weather – I can’t wait for 70 degree weather also! $50 isn’t bad, ’cause you couldn’t get such a great fitting dress in the store for that price, right?! So what’s next?!

  4. Cidell – this looks great on you. Very springlike and light. I know what you mean about the weather – I can’t wait for 70 degree weather also! $50 isn’t bad, ’cause you couldn’t get such a great fitting dress in the store for that price, right?! So what’s next?!

  5. This is beautiful as is the white Cosmopolitan dress. Very inspiring.

    $50 is not so bad b/c it’s unique and it fits you. So you’ll wear it for years.

  6. This is beautiful as is the white Cosmopolitan dress. Very inspiring.

    $50 is not so bad b/c it’s unique and it fits you. So you’ll wear it for years.

  7. Great job! I think it’s worth spending money on fabric every once in a while. That dress would cost more than $50 in the store anyways, so you still saved money!

    I think it’s funny that you are totally rocking the dress whilst on the phone in your last picture. :)

  8. Great job! I think it’s worth spending money on fabric every once in a while. That dress would cost more than $50 in the store anyways, so you still saved money!

    I think it’s funny that you are totally rocking the dress whilst on the phone in your last picture. :)

  9. Hi Cidell.Fantastic dress.Great fit.Priceless.
    I glad to find another sewing sista’s blog.I’m enjoying it.Keep it coming.

  10. Hi Cidell.Fantastic dress.Great fit.Priceless.
    I glad to find another sewing sista’s blog.I’m enjoying it.Keep it coming.

  11. Very cute! I have this same pattern and have not done anything with it. LOL

  12. Very cute! I have this same pattern and have not done anything with it. LOL

  13. Adorable dress and I love that fabric. It really looks beautiful on you!

  14. Adorable dress and I love that fabric. It really looks beautiful on you!

  15. I just found your blog after you did the review on the black BWOF. This spring dress is fabulous! Great fit and the fabric is just teriffic. Keep sewing!
    Melissa

  16. I just found your blog after you did the review on the black BWOF. This spring dress is fabulous! Great fit and the fabric is just teriffic. Keep sewing!
    Melissa

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