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Topic: Easy McCall's #4444, not so easy  (Read 11447 times)
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« on: July 12, 2005 05:15:25 PM »

The pattern:
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4444.htm

I bought McCall's #4444 while it happened to be on sale for ~$5 CDN to make a dress for my little brother's wedding.  The envelope is marked as "easy", and as a professional seamstress, I figured it would be no big deal.  Boy was I in for a surprise.

The dress goes together without a hitch, except for joining the upper front with the lower front.  In the center where it forms a point, I had to take it apart multiple times because excessive fabric on the lower front was causing it to pucker.  I had problems in general because my fabric was a very slinky, shifty poly (best guess, the fabric stores in the area rarely have fiber contents on the bolts *grrrr*).  The nature of the fabric doesn't explain why I needed to cut out well over 1/2" on the lower front and reduce the angle of that peak to get the fabric to lay correctly.

Don't get me wrong, the finished dress is cute and I'd consider making another at some point in time, but I think they should re-evaluate the "easy" label.
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2005 08:36:26 AM »

Joy - I've got that one that I'm hoping to make up this summer!  I'm definately not an experienced seamstress, and I liked the thought of it being 'easy'.

Any idea howI'd go about modifying the bust cup size on it?  I guess it's a standard B/C, and I'm a UK F.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2005 11:06:52 PM »

I have had problems with shirts in similar styles and am also a professional.  My best guess is that its either my short torso, or bad pattern drafting........Oh, and I am also canadian!

So did it seem to poof out under the bust?  I don't think I want to try any pattern that says "easy" anymore, because they are usually poor.  On the otherhand, when you want something fast and don't want to put together a jigsaw puzzle like some of vogues patterns, you just have to take the good with the bad.

Hope you have better luck next time!

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2005 12:48:58 PM »

I've made dresses from this pattern twice, plus sewn muslins of it in two sizes (4 and Cool, and I never had the problem you describe. What size did you sew? Maybe some sizes don't fit as well as others.
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2005 10:36:42 PM »

I'd say it was the slinky, shifty poly that was the problem.  I'm an experienced seamstress too, and chose an easy pattern to make a dress for my daughter.  The only problem was the fabric, a very stretchy crushed velore.  I ended up turfing it. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2005 04:30:38 PM »

Iv also made two of this pattern...with no problem but the back being a bit bigger than hoped..and that was quickly fixed with a couple of seams...good luck on your try..
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2005 10:27:01 PM »

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I also made this pattern (although I cut it at the waist to add a circle skirt). I didn't have any troubles at all, besides the problems I normally have with my figure type.  I did it out of a simple embroidered linen, with contrasting cotton calico for trim.  ::shrugs::  Turned out great, and I'd post a picture if my camera wasn't broken in the worst way ever (it stays permanently zoomed in).
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2005 06:41:33 PM »

My camera's fixed, YAY! Here's a pictures of my version:



It was lots of fun to make, although I did deviate a little. The waist was a little big, but that was easily remedied! The dress is very flattering, and I would recommend it!
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2005 01:56:41 PM »

I've been working on that dress forever!  Rrrr!  I got it because it said "easy" and I hadn't been sewing in a while.  The straps are maddening, and I've had to modify it again and again, it's like my own personal demon!  "Easy" my  Tongue!
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2005 08:01:36 AM »

usually the problem is that the bias edges got stretched and thus excess fullness to ease or to crop.
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2005 02:16:53 PM »

I was going to go shopping after christmas for some easy patterns to learn to follow a pattern on now I'm feeling even more daunted at the idea.  Undecided How can I tell the easy easy from the not so easy?
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« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2005 05:11:48 AM »

I was going to go shopping after christmas for some easy patterns to learn to follow a pattern on now I'm feeling even more daunted at the idea.  Undecided How can I tell the easy easy from the not so easy?

If there are tons of pieces to put together its not so "easy".  a t-shirt or an a-line skirt are truly easy, especially if you put elastic in the skirt.

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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2006 05:02:07 AM »

that dress is really similar to the vintage butterick pattern dress im making at the moment. it just doesnt have separate top and skirt peices. i'll get the pattern number when i get the chance (its at my mums)
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2007 09:59:00 AM »

I agree with the "not so easy" allegation, but I'm pleased with the result. See my version here; http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182492.0
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2007 10:06:07 AM »

i made that dress also, very cute! i found it to be quite easy, the only problem i had was trying to understand some of the instructions for the straps, but other than that it is probably one of the only dresses i've made that i will actually wear!! i'll see if i can post a pic later!
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2008 06:57:17 AM »

i'm making that dress right now.
i was fine until the straps...
ugh.
i'll post a pic when and if i ever get it finished!

*i am planning on wearing it this weekend, so back to work  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2008 03:52:30 PM »

I thought it was pretty easy.  I left a much larger opening for the vertical back straps to connect with the neck straps, which allowed me to adjust the fit easily before stitching them in permanently.  I found that I had to cut a good 3 inches or so off the straps, since no patterns are intended for someone as short as I am.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2008 04:17:03 PM »

oh thanks for the tip ashling!
i have managed to procrastinate and not do the straps yet, and now i'm glad. Wink
how tall are you if you don't mind?  Huh
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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008 07:53:43 AM »

I am 5ft exactly.  Glad to help.   Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2008 07:58:57 PM »

I made this pattern last summer.  All went well until I had to attach the band to the dress; I didn't find the instructions very clear and ended up kind of winging it.  However, I loved the completed dress and I might make another one this summer.
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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2011 11:42:24 AM »

I've gotta say that I love this dress. I got married in it.

I made it again last summer for a sundress and it was my first really successful full bust adjustment. I think it's just a flattering dress on a lot of figures and a well put together pattern.

As for the easy vs not easy thing, I tend to ignore that stuff because it never seems quite accurate to me (except for the Vogue advanced ones - those I expect to be very complicated and tough). Still, I don't think I would rate this dress as really easy. It has a lot of pieces, a fitted bust and a zipper. It's not exactly an elastic waist skirt or a pair of pyjama pants.

I also tend to ignore the time estimates on some of the stuff labelled "easy". In my experience, all of those "One hour to sew" patterns tend to lie, but perhaps I'm just a slow seamstress.
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2011 07:46:30 AM »

In my experience, all of those "One hour to sew" patterns tend to lie, but perhaps I'm just a slow seamstress.

Seriously!  I know they say the hour doesn't include cutting, pinning, pressing, or anything else, but they still take far more than an hour, for me at least.
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