Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pattern Review- McCall's 5819

And that's all folks... this is my final entry into the Pattern Stash Contest at Pattern Review, bringing the grand total to 18 garments in two months. I have enjoyed participating in this contest but am glad to put it behind me. Now I can start working on some newer patterns that didn't qualify for the contest! I have a few garments that I will be finishing that I had cut out before the contest began but didn't finish. You'll be seeing those soon!

In October, there will be a new contest for creating a little black dress (LBD) that can be worn for either day or evening. One of my hancock today purchases was fabric for my LBD!

Pattern Description: This is a pattern for loungewear/activewear separates. There's the short sleeved top, a jacket, a long sleeved top, shorts, and pants with different variations. This is a "diy style" pattern. IMO, it's McCalls version of the Project Runway patterns from Simplicity. Throughout the instructions the pattern gives you different design ideas so that you can make it unique.

Pattern Sizing: This is available in sizes 4-18... I made a 14.

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? Very easy. I didn't have any difficulty putting this together.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the neckline of the top- it has a drawstring that gathers the neckline. I also like the kagaroo pockets- they are cute. I have the pants cut out and will update this when I have made them too. I liked this pattern to make a velour loungewear outfit to wear around the house.

I dislike how puffy the sleeves are. I'm all for girly details- but they go a little too far IMO.

Fabric Used: Velour from Denver Fabrics. .

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did not add the ribbed knit to the sleeve hem. Instead, I folded up the hem and stitched in place. Other than that, I went down one size from what the pattern recommened according to my measurements.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Hmm... I don't know if I will use this one again. If I like how the pants comes out, I will probably make more pairs for wearing around the house.

Conclusion: Cute top. In velour, it is very comfortable to wear. Can't wait until I have the matching pants.

This photo is lightened up quite a bit so you can see the details:



  1. I love how this turned out. Very cute.

  2. That's so cute...You pick really nice patterns and do such a great job with them!

  3. cute top indeed. this is a very good pattern. U look great :)