Pattern Review:McCalls 5094, view F
Pattern Description: Mid-knee lined dress
Pattern Sizing: 8-18. I made a size 10, then had to make it a lot smaller — so this is probably a size 8.
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, for the most part.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The straps cannot be adjusted once the lining is in place. I made a muslin of the bodice before starting, and adjusted the strap length there.
Fabric Used: Cotton/polyester blend for the self. Polyester black lining.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a muslin of the bodice which was a size 10 and found that it was too large. I adjusted it until it was the right fit, maybe a size 8. I also took some width out of the skirt. I redrafted it completely based on my own measurements, ending up with a flared skirt that was not as full. I also used an invisible zipper in the back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would, with adjustments.
Conclusion I really like the retro feel of this dress. It was very finicky to get the fit right, and way the bodice is assembled makes very little room for adjustment. Nevertheless it fits, and I will probably make this version again, only with a circle skirt attached.
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