Friday, August 8, 2008

M5379- View C

Pattern Description: McCall's 5379 (out of print)
MISSES’ DRESSES IN THREE LENGTHS AND BELT: Wrap dress, close-fitting at bodice; dresses A, C have pleated bodice fronts; dress B has darted bodice with front drape; dresses A, B, C have gathered upper bodice variations; dress B skirt angles at sides; dress C has cap sleeves, skirt with gathered ruffle; dresses A, C have belt tied as desired at waist; all dresses are below mid-knee length with narrow hem finish.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 20. I used size between 12 and 14 View C

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I made a slight change to the sleeve cap.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were easy to follow, but a little confusing when starting the instructions for view C. Page three the instructions didn't indicate the change from view B to C as instructed for A and B. So they just kind of blended the instructions for view B and C. Otherwise, no problems.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What initially attracted me to this pattern was the pleats in the bodice and the various hem lines. This was a different look for a wrap dress. After I made the it, the pleats were as flattering on me. Each bodice front has three pleats that meet at the waistline. I have a little, just a little pot in my belly that causes the pleats to unfold and stick out slightly. May be I'll stitch along the pleats to flatten them.

Fabric Used:Cotton Jersey from Vogue

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
- First I had to grade the pattern up to what would be a size 13 using the drafted lines for size 10 and 12 as a guide.
- I made my usual FBA.

- I increased the sleeve cap to add a few gathering instead of easing the cap to a smooth finish.
- At the each side I attached a belt loop instead of making a thread belt loop. This was done following typical sewing methods for spaghetti straps or thin belt loops for a skirt or pants.
- Added 3 inches to the length of the skirt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably not, I have several dress patterns I would like to try. Besides, I think it makes me look a little thick in the middle. I would recommend it to others.
Oops, I forgot to adjust the belt so that I fits at the waistline. It does when it's tied properly.

Conclusion: This pattern was easy to sew and would be very flattering on someone else.


  1. I think this dress is very flattering on you! It looks great and what a beautiful color.

  2. Now this is cute and summery :) . Looks perfect for a company picnic or a day out with friends.

  3. Love the color! And you do not look "thick"... just curvy.. but thats a good thing!

  4. I think the dress is darling. I like the bottom ruffle.

  5. It's perfect! The dress is stunning and this color is so becoming on you!

  6. Thanks, ladies. Your compliments are always appreciated.



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