Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dinner Dance Outfit - M5382 & M5669 - Part I

Finally able to post the first fitting for my niece's dinner dance outfit. I'm using two McCall patterns 5382 and 5669. Weekend before last she came over for the first fitting. Lucky me there aren't a lot of changes needed. It's good to be young, flat, and smooth. Sigh, sigh.

Tip: When I'm muslin fitting a client or relative, I write on the muslin to help me remember the changes needed.

Here goes:

First, I noticed that the front of the skirt pattern has half the gathering width of the back pattern. My sister said she liked the affect. So I won't add more gathers to the front.

Front view of dress. I need to raise the neckline about 1/2 inch. It's too low in the front. Everything else looks good.

Pulling will be eliminated with the added width and the boning. At the upper and lower back a small sway alteration is needed.

Side view of dress. I cut the muslin between size 6 and 8. I need to add about 1/2 inch to each side. Niecey said that it was a little tight around the stomach area.

Niecey will need something to keep her warm. Chicago can be cool in the evening. So I chose M5669-C for a stylish chill buster. The muslin fits a little tight acoss the shoulder area. So I'll add 1/4 inch to the shoulder area.

That it. Saturday afternoon I cut the dress and jacket. Sometime this week I'll finish the seams and then begin the process of putting the outfit together. This is one of four dresses that I'm working on.

Sunday, Another niece came to fit your muslin for V2891. She was not pleased. So back to the store for another pattern. I suggested five other options. We will see what she chooses.

Stay Tune...,


  1. You are a wonderful aunt. I certainly hope that these girls appreciate your work! It's coming along nicely. I really agree about writing on the muslin, which is why I think that a wearable muslin is an oxymoron! Did you read Ann's rant on it awhile back? I don't always get back to the muslin right away and this is the best way to remember.

  2. This babygirl is just too cute! How could you sew and not want to just hug her to bits.

    What a sweet person you are to make such a lovely outfit. It's going to be perfect with all your attention to detail.

  3. You are doing your thing! That is going to be gorgeous. She will be the bell of the ball.

  4. You are such a good aunt.Your niece is so pretty and the outfits are really coming along very nicely. I can't wait to see her in the true fabric. I bet she will be so gorgeous.

  5. I just adore this outfit, you must be the best aunt ever!

  6. You are so nice! I love my dress from that pattern and I'm sure your niece will too!

  7. Oooh, I am already excited about this outfit. It's coming along nicely.

  8. I love the combo pieces. I can't wait to see the final look.

  9. The shape of the dress is so cute. The whole outfit is going to be great! I like the pattern you used for the dress!

  10. What a caring aunt! I am excited with anticipation to watch these outfits come together!

  11. It's coming along just fine:-) She'll look sooooo GOOD in it, can't wait for the first fittings of the real thing.

    Yes, to making notes on muslin, can't expect a person to remember everything, right? LOL!!!

    I made two tops for DD yesterday one Rick Owens copy of powder colored fine cotton knit and an other one, and would you know after a few hours I had forgot about the RO totally and had to ask DD what was the other top I made for her, if this isn't scary then what is???LOL!!!!

  12. They will be beautiful. Anxious to see the finished garments :)

  13. You are making your magic on this outfit!!

  14. I can't wait to see the final outfit. "Niecey" is gorgeous! She's going to look totally glam in your creations.



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