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« on: September 02, 2006 04:35:09 AM »

Hi all,

Trying to decide between the three Duro-ish dress patterns:  Mccalls 5137, Simplicity 4072,and New Look 6515. I've looked at some of the threads on each, and am wondering which of the three has the most clear instructions, construction, etc. for a beginner.  Any opinions on which company might do the best job of it?

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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2006 10:27:06 AM »

It depends on what style you like.  I did the McCall's and the Simplicity (very modified).  Didn't really like the McCall's, it has an extreme amount of ease so I thought I would try the Simplicity... pretty much the same pattern.  Not even gonna look at the New Look, looks like the same thing going on.  However, I do plan on using Butterick 4849 because it does not have the gathering and pleating in the front that looks like a maternity dress and a sash... it zips!

Good luck, hope that this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006 02:53:07 PM »

thank you! that does help a lot.  i think i'll end up with the butterick one myself, for the reasons you outlined.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2006 03:28:47 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2006 09:12:31 PM »

I made the McCall's one. I am a beginning sewer, and it wasn't too hard. It did take me several days, and for someone who usually just whips something (simple) up in a couple hours, I was bored out of my mind. I'm all about instant gratification. I didn't get it there. There were some confusing instructions, and I went down several sizes to take up some of the ease. In the end, I don't like it at all but I've worn it a couple times simply b/c I made it. The fabric you pick is VERY important. Mine feels very back-country, kind of "Little House on the Prairie"-ish. If I do make it again, I'm going with something silky.

I hope the Butterick's one is much better.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2006 03:50:03 AM »

Thanks!  I think McCalls is definitely out.  I am too much of a beginner to muddle through confusing instructions.
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2006 03:12:03 PM »

Well, crap. Of COURSE I bought the McCall's pattern before I read any reviews of it.

« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2006 07:30:40 AM »

Curlita, I just made Butterick 4849 with a friend, and once we got started, we actually thought the McCalls pattern might be slightly easier (from looking at it).

Don't despair! 

« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2006 07:04:04 PM »

I made the simplicity version.   I went down a few sizes (I had read that it ran big and it does) and altered it so it was more of a babydoll style and not as long as the original length (the long version looked horrible on me), but otherwise I didn't have any problems and it fits well!

« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2006 01:10:55 PM »

I checked out the Pattern Reviews site and McCall's got good reviews there, other than the sizing thing. So I'm going to perservere. I just found some wool challis on ebay that will hopefully be light enough... I just need to track down a contrast fabric to go with it.

I saw some AWESOME red fabric with the word "bitch" in black all over it that I though would look kick-ass with black contrast trim, but it was a twill and I figured it would be too heavy. Smiley
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