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« on: July 15, 2014 09:56:46 AM »

I finally have a reason to create an account and post!  Long time lurker and reader, but first time sharing.

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to make the leap from quilting to sewing garments for myself.  After a ton of research I settled on McCall's 5094 (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5094-products-5064.php?page_id=108), view C.  It looked like a nice introduction to a lot of different techniques and fairly easy to adjust the sizing if needed.

Overall I would give this pattern an A-.  It was easy to follow for the most part and the sizing was almost spot on.  I had issues with the sizing since it directed you to size it to the bust measurement and take in the waist.  I don't have a very large bust to waist ratio, so the bust ended up being big and the waist was a little snug.  It was easily fixed by adding some darts to the bust and letting out the waist seams slightly.  The skirt was WAY too long on my 5'2 frame, so I hacked off about 6 inches.  I also used the extra fabric to make a sash belt.

One thing that wasn't explained well in the direction was sewing the straps and ties.  It had toy sew them right side together and then turn it right side out, but it gave to direction of how exactly to flip sure a narrow tube right side out.  It took FOREVER to gently pull each one through.  Next time I'll probably just press the seams inside and top stitch the straps.

It's fully lined, so the end product was beautiful.  I also tried a blind hem.  I totally forgot it was a curved hem, which made it difficult with my little garment experience.  I also had issues with the zipper, but that will come with practice and time.  I plan to use this again once I tackle a few more projects.  It's a very cute little sundress with some adorable details.

I reviewed it more fully on my blog (with a couple of bonus photos):
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014 10:05:59 AM »

What a cute dress! I think you did an great job, and I love your fabric choice.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2014 10:17:17 AM »

Thank you!  I was inspired by all the little paisleys J. crew did last summer and spring.  It's Amy Butler's Flora in Fountain.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014 01:00:58 PM »

great dress, it looks beautiful on you.

And to be honest I have never found an easy way to turn straps out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2014 02:51:33 PM »

Cute dress! Cheesy

As for turning straps and fabric tubes, I recommend a tube tuner kit. I have this one...


It works really well, although I have not tried it yet with spaghetti straps.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2014 03:12:09 PM »

Thank you RaraAvis!  I should have known there would be a tool for this.  I have gift cards to burn at Joanne's from my birthday.  Adding one of these sets to the list.
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2014 01:45:06 PM »

This is wonderful! Especially considering it was your first garment! And I'm really loving your fabric choice!
As for straps, whenever I have to do small ones that I know are gonna be a pain to turn out, I lay my strip out, fold the outsides to the center and then fold in half (ironing all the way of course! Then I top stitch - sometimes even a decorative stitch!

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