Food and Fitness

Thursday, July 22, 2010

McCalls 5893 or the 1 year 1 hour dress

Okay I exagerated a little. I started making this dress about 11 months ago right after finishing this version. Then I got distracted by other projects, plus this one is made from an ITY knit and I wasn't quite sure it would wear as nicely as the last one. Through out the months, I would pick it up and complete a step or two, pin this, stitch that until finally I decided to finish it because the other dress actually works well in my somewhat limited Summer maternity wardrobe. I guess better late than never.

Pattern Description: Empire waist dresses A, B, C, D have hemmed, scoop necklines, side seam pockets and elastic casing at waist; dresses A, C and D have hemmed armholes; dress A has contrast bodice and hem band; dress B has sleeves gathered to sleeve band.

Pattern Sizing: B5(8-10-12-14-16), RR(18W-20W-22W-24W)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly, I omitted the elastic at the waist. I don't need anything binding on my growing belly.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions were super easy. I didn't really need them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that this dress had pockets and that it went together so quickly (in theory at least).

Fabric Used: ITY Knit

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added two inches to the bodice length and one inch to the width to make sure I had full bust coverage. I had already re-drafted the pattern pieces the last time I made this so it made this part a breeze.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably won't make this again since this is my second one but I would definitely recommend it. It's so comfortable.

Conclusion: This dress is confortable, easy to sew and can be used easily as a maternity dress with minimal adjustment and still work as a transitional garment after baby.


  1. Very pretty dress - I love that gorgeous tropical print.

  2. Lovely dress and Congratulations!!!

  3. That's a terrific dress. Enjoy wearing it in the hot summer weather!

  4. Very pretty dress, looks great for summer.

  5. I love the print; it looks like summer.

  6. Pretty fabric and great dress! Turned out very well.

  7. Love the dress and the fabric. Nice job!

  8. Cute dress! I am working on this pattern right now, and your dress makes me excited to see how it turns out. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  9. Hey...great looking dress...looks like I will be making the same one whenever I can feel like going back into my sewing room...Congrats on the upcoming baby girl ( I am hoping for a girl also!!) Take care