Saturday, March 12, 2011

McCalls 5661

Peace Family,

I have been sewing. Still sewing winter clothes. Or at least that's what I'm calling them. These are clothes I can wear now, and clothes I can wear later. I need blouses. But 1st things 1st.

I sewed Simplicity 2947 again. Remember the 1st time I made it was for Thanksgiving. I made a purple one for a party dress. But.... Just as I was about to leave the house, the zipper burst. And burst is the right word. Oh well.... My plan is too put another in and shorten it a bit. And maybe think about making a crinoline. Maybe.

Yesterday I cut and made McCalls 5661. Yeah baby! Today was Earth Appreciation Day here in Allah's Garden. I want to wear something new to mark the occasion and represent my breed of style. Mainstream yet righteous. So many Earths choose to dress like hippies, and that's their choice. I sometimes dress like a hippie. But I just want to put other options out there.

I cut fabric yesterday and my plan was to get up early today and sew it up. But.... The music was good on the radio and I got into that mood. At first I was like I'll just interface the facings.... Then I was like let me just sew the big pieces together.... Damn that's some good music... Next thing I knew I was adding the sleeves. Done. So that freed me up this morning to make a matching crown.

One thing that annoyed me to know end was that the fabric had a recurring defect in it. That's why it was on sale. It became a problem because I forgot about it. So while I was putting it together, I kept coming across defects. Luckily it wasn't in crucial areas. A facing. Under the sleeve. But there was one on a back panel close to the buttons. Well it's over now. And I only have a small amount left for the quilt pile.

M5661 falls into that category of transitional clothing. I made it short sleeved and in a eggplant color. It's nice. I'll be able to wear it until it gets truly cold. I let the God choose the buttons and he didn't choose too bad. Here is my review....

Pattern Description:
McCall's 5661. Misses' blouse.

Pattern Sizing:
Okay.... I have been on a diet for the last 2 months and I assume I have lost weight so I measured myself. According to the largest measurement, I should be a little larger than a 16, I cut a 18. I should have cut a 20.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Actually yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked everything. Especially how detailed the instructions were

Fabric Used:

Not sure. I was shooting for cotton, but I suspect it was polyester because there was no wrinkling whatsoever

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
All I added was the FBA. And it wasn't my normal bootleg FBA. It was the directions that came with the pattern

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes. I have plans to make 3 more blouses using this pattern in different views

What's next? I'm going to try my hand at servicing my own machine.

Wish me luck!