Monday, April 14, 2008

McCalls 5466

I made this dress to wear to the 31st Anniversary dinner of my Pastor. On Saturday night I finished this dress and sash. Sunday morning I was hit with some kind of stomach virus. Need I say more? BTW- this pattern has been reviewed many times and is highly recommended by fellow sewists. Anyway here is my review.

Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESSES, BELT AND SASH: Fitted or semi-fitted (bodice) dress with straight or A-line skirt has long or short self-faced sleeves and back zipper closure; dress A has purchased belt; dress B has belt; dress C has contrast sash.

Pattern Sizing: 4- 18. I sewed size 12/14 with alterations. I made view B with the sash.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There was nothing confusing about them. But I didn't follow them completely. I skipped the neck facing and lined it completely.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like to style of the dress. It put me in the mind of the recently popular tulip shaped dresses and skirts. I also thought this would be a easy dress to make since I didn't have a lot of time to make it after finishing Ms. PB's suit.

Fabric Used: polyester satin and lining from Vogue fabric. I found to pieces of this fabric in the remnant room at the Roosevelt Rd store. Each was under thirteen dollars.

The second piece was for the jacket from V8232.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
- FBA- I had to add horizontal darts
- broad and sway back alterations
Design changes:
- Eliminated the pockets by aligning the pocket pattern with the front skirt - Added two inches to the length of the skirt
- Fully lined the dress

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. I plan to make the other views.

Conclusion: I like to pattern. There are a lot of style options for this pattern; you can dress it up or down.


  1. Really pretty on you and it probably feels wonderful on being fully lined. You're inspiring...

  2. Love the dress. The color is beautiful. Hope your feeling better.

  3. My favorite dress!! You look great!

  4. You've done it once again. You always do such a wonderful job and the color is beautiful. LOVE IT!

  5. Gorgeous - I love the color and the full lining takes the dress to luxury status.

  6. Love the style and the color is beautiful

  7. What a gorgeous dress! I'd love to make this pattern too.

  8. You look beautiful.The color and style of the dress is perfect for you.



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