The “Too Much Modification” Dress
Fabric: Cotton, free
Pattern: McCall’s 9389
Notions: Belt buckle kit, zipper, buttons, seam binding, $0 (from stash)
Time to complete: 10+ hours (Still learning how to resize patterns successfully!!)
First worn: Labor Day 2012
Wear again? Yes!!
Total Cost: Free
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make for this challenge until I got this sweet chocolate plaid fabric from a friend.Originally, I thought about making a shirt with different fabric for the pants, but the pattern I was going to use only had the pants. Sad, sad day. After that, I kept returning to this McCall’s pattern. Hm..I always make sewing harder than it has to be. To be honest, I could have used a different pattern with less hassle than resizing and modifying this McCall’s one. I think part of me just likes to suffer. Yeah, that’s me.
I was hoping between all the alterations and shortening on the pattern, that I would have enough to make the long sleeved version. No dice! However, I did have just enough to make a pretty sweet belt and a detachable collar. I’d say that’s a win.
There’s nothing challenging about the sewing part of the pattern. I did change it up by adding a front placket and side zipper instead of just having the back zipper. It sewed together really fast. One thing I noticed, was that the armpits on the dress were not the correct size,though I followed the instructions correctly (or maybe I didn’t…..?). I ended up using some of the cutting line vs. the sewing line for my armpit. It was a hot mess which took me a long time and more seam ripping than I want to think about to get it correct. For reference, I used Nancy Zieman’s Fitting Finesse. It’s a great book with clear instructions, perfect for newbie resizers like myself.