Pattern Review: McCalls 5314

28 Apr


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 Responses to “Pattern Review: McCalls 5314”

  1. Erica B. April 29, 2007 at 01:29 #

    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. Erica B. April 29, 2007 at 01:29 #

    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. Carolyn (cmarie12) April 29, 2007 at 01:50 #

    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. Carolyn (cmarie12) April 29, 2007 at 01:50 #

    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. Dawn April 29, 2007 at 22:06 #

    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. Dawn April 29, 2007 at 22:06 #

    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. narcissaqtpie April 30, 2007 at 01:26 #

    I love that dress. All of your efforts & cash paid out were well worth it!

  8. narcissaqtpie April 30, 2007 at 01:26 #

    I love that dress. All of your efforts & cash paid out were well worth it!

  9. Stephanie Lynn April 30, 2007 at 04:01 #

    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. :)

  10. Stephanie Lynn April 30, 2007 at 04:01 #

    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. :)

  11. artist1lisa April 30, 2007 at 04:56 #

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

  12. artist1lisa April 30, 2007 at 04:56 #

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

  13. Cidell April 30, 2007 at 11:32 #

    I love you guys :) I really really do.

  14. Cidell April 30, 2007 at 11:32 #

    I love you guys :) I really really do.

  15. Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" April 30, 2007 at 13:11 #

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

  16. Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" April 30, 2007 at 13:11 #

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

  17. Bonnie D. May 2, 2007 at 19:35 #

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

  18. Bonnie D. May 2, 2007 at 19:35 #

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

  19. Anonymous May 5, 2007 at 21:25 #

    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

  20. Anonymous May 5, 2007 at 21:25 #

    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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