Wednesday, May 12, 2010

McCall's 5753: The Perfect Dress?‏

I think it might be!  I am so happy with how this dress turned out after all the work.






Please ignore the sitting-at-a-desk-all-day wrinkles!

The pattern, of course, is McCall's 5753.  I added the cap sleeves from Butterick 5316.  I used those instructions to make the dress, as it explains how to insert the lining by machine. Why do patterns still recommend inserting a bodice lining by hand?! 


The fabric is a shimmery turquoise and gold/cream woven blend from Paron's in NYC ($14/yard) which I purchased last summer. I had been so excited to sew with it since I bought it.



This project has been really fulfilling - I used a stash fabric I've been fantasizing about for almost a year, and of course, I began learning fitting techniques.



I think I've found the perfect sheath dress pattern: the low neckline, darts instead of princess seams (to me, darts are less distracting when sewing with prints), no strange finishing instructions (like using purchased seam binding on the armscye - shame on you McCall's 5972!) and options for front pockets and sleeve variations. I plan to make so many more versions of this dress. This blog may get very boring...

55 comments:

Amanda said...

Beautiful!

K.Line said...

What a fantastic fabric! And lovely sewing. Well done!

arnysews said...

Fabulous! The fit is perfect and I love the fabric. Having the perfect fitting sheath dress pattern in your arsenal is almost better than money in the bank! I can't wait to see the variations you make on this style. Well done.

Lisette said...

It's gorgeous! I hope Joann's has a pattern sale soon...
I'm really impressed with the back, it is so well matched!

Elle said...

You have fit this beautifully, and I love the little sleeves!

meli88a said...

Love it, and your cap sleeve addition! The nerd in me loves that the seams in the back are perfectly matched. :)

Cindy said...

It is gorgeous. I love the fabric! TNT patterns are the best! Congratulations.

Victoria said...

What a gorgeous dress! You really nailed the fit on this dress. The fabric is gorgeous and the silhouette of the dress enhances it so well. I hope you plan on making a few more of these dresses:)

lorrwill said...

YES! You nailed it. It looks absolutely lovely.

Rachel said...

That dress is absolutely stunning!!!! I really love the way you paired it with a cardigan and belt. I also love your hose with the seam down the back.

Leslie V said...

Patience and endurance has paid off!!! It looks great!!! The fabric is fabulous!!

Sheila said...

Gorgeous dress.

Rebecca said...

Very cute! I have this pattern and haven't tried it yet. I too am a beginner sewer and a new blogger. Thanks for the advice about using the Butterick instructions!

Margarita said...

Bravo!! i like it so much and the colour ist beautiful too :O)

Faye Lewis said...

Wow that is a perfect and perfect fit. Such a great job and I love the fabric.

Liesl said...

Yes, most definitely the perfect dress. It really suits you - you've done such a great job with the fit. I can see why you like the fabric so much too .... its beautiful!

Debra Martin said...

Elegant Chic Sophistication. Fabulous fit. Congratulations on your perfect sheath dress pattern.

Gertie said...

Beautiful! SO worth the fitting headaches!

Anonymous said...

You look gorgeous - and I loooove you stockings!

Vivienne

Branka said...

Beautiful!
Love the fabric, and this color looks so good on you, i really like how you put the whole outfit together.
Yes this is a gorgeous dress, well done!!

AllisonC said...

Great job, it's a classic dress and there's no reason not to have a whole wardrobe in different colours and prints, especially now all the hard work of fitting is behind you.

Karin said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely perfect. Well done you! When I saw it, I immediately thought of Mad Men. It looks like the sort of dress you should drink a cocktail in.

Shannon said...

I can see why you like this pattern so much - you look wonderful!

KID, MD said...

It looks great!! I love the fabric your chose. It's very fun.

Betty Darling said...

Gorgeous, such lovely fabric and a great fit too!

gwensews said...

Your dress turned out beautifully, and fits perfectly! I love your nylons!

Sigrid said...

Perfect dress, great fabric, good fit and perfect accessories. You look great.

Eugenia said...

Yes! It is the perfect dress. I love everything about it.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Wow!!! All your fitting really paid off--this is a perfect use for you special fabric. It looks fantastic on you!

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

That is one awesome dress. It looks great on you.

madebymonet said...

Absolutely gorgeous and classic--hooray for you!

Shari said...

Beautiful fabric and wonderful fit! Love your stocking...you look stunning.

Angela said...

It's gorgeous!! It fits absolutelly perfectly... oh my!! Well worth all the effort!

Kathy said...

Very classy!! Great Job. I love how you put sleeves from one pattern onto another pattern!

Clio said...

HOORAY! It IS the perfect dress for you. So much hard work and it paid off big time.

Manecoarse said...

I love, love, love the look, the dress, the way you paired everything up. Very classy.

littlecottondresses said...

It fits beautifully!!! wasn't it worth all the time?

Kathy said...

How rewarding to have such a lovely dress after all your fitting trials and tribulations. Congratulations!!

Kathy in Oz

Karin (the Mrs.) said...

What a great dress! I love the colour for summer and the fit is perfect for you. My compliments.

lsaspacey said...

Great job, it looks perfect!!! All your hard work definitely paid off.

~Sherry~ said...

A perfect dress alright!
Love your elegant styling, and look forward to seeing your future versions!

Sheri said...

Wow, your sewing progress traveled at the speed of light! Getting help to solve your sewing dilemas is the way to go. Love this dress; it is quite perfect. I would sew dozens. Also, are your wear hose with seams?

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

This is such a lovely dress, the fit and the fabric is perfect! I can see why you would make many more :)

Mary said...

Fantastic job! The back looks incredible and the zipper is to die for. Job well done! Love the sweater/belt combo as well. SWEET!!

Carolyn said...

looks beautiful! Hope you do make many more! :D

Andrea said...

Girl, this dress looks fabulous on you. Doing that muslin was soooo worth it. Beautiful job!!!!!

Gail said...

You sure did. You've inspired me to try one too.

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

Well done, keep showing us ur work, It's awesome ;)

senaSews said...

Beautiful dress! The fit is perfect and the fabric is gorgeous.

Clara Cupcakes said...

Such a cute dress! I love it!

Nylorac Creations said...

Wow, you certainly did perfect this pattern. I am with you on making many iterations of this dress. With the fit you now have, it will be so much fun to try different looks. You've done your homework. We will enjoy your variations on the theme!

Cennetta said...

Splendid! The dress is perfect: the color, fit, and style.

amber said...

What a fantastic dress! Fits like a glove and I love the way you've styled it. Well done!!

Maria said...

What a beautiful dress! I have this pattern in my stash, and it's wonderful to know that it looks so gorgeous in person. Thank you for posting this! I'm also new at sewing, just starting my first year, and this gives me hope that I might one day turn out such lovely garments, too.

Zinnia Cress said...

oh wow- what a perfect littel dress.. i'm venturing into the world of sewing patterns.. its a bit scary- but with all sort sof inspiration online- i thin ki can do it. hehehe. great job! :)

-Zinnia