Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pattern Review- McCall's 5803

Today is the last day of the Pattern Stash Contest at Pattern Review. I have this skirt and a top that I have finished and will be reviewing today. I have a third garment- a top that is almost finished but I realized I don't have the correct zipper. So I will be running to Hancocks or Joann Fabrics today to get the zipper and hopefully finish that last garment. So I should secure my third place position. I have really enjoyed participating in this contest- it's really beefed up my production. However, there has been a greater incidence of Goodwill donations as with this skirt...

Pattern Description: This is a "Hilary Duff" pattern for a skirt with hem variations and a button up top with collar variations. I made view C, which is a basic full skirt.

Pattern Sizing: This pattern is available is 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? Sort of, I made some mistakes, I mean design changes... see below.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are fine if you follow them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I had initially intended on using this fabric for a long maxi dress. It has sort of a native american print and looks ethnic- very cool for a maxi dress. Sadly, I didn't have quite enough material. So instead I opted for this full skirt. I actually really like this pattern for the ruffled blouse, but I have yet to make it. The skirt is fine- nothing unique about it, but full skirts are always flattering and fun to wear.

Fabric Used: A polyester blend from Joann Fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Note to self: do not sip wine while sewing. This is supposed to be a pleated skirt. I couldn't get the pleats to come out correctly, probably because of my wine fog, and ended up gathering the skirt to the waistband. I also really goofed up the waistband some how and didn't leave a little tab in the back for closure. I rigged it so that it does close but it just doesn't fit quite right.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Without the wine, this probably would have been a lovely, pleated, full skirt. It is wearable but just doesn't look quite the way it should. I might give this another whirl at another time but most likely will used the pattern to make the blouse.

Conclusion: I know me, I won't ever where this one out so into the Goodwill pile it goes. And a valuable lesson learned on the dangers of drinking while sewing.



  1. Well, if it's any comfort, I still think it looks pretty cute! I've been anxious to try out this pattern, and I was planning on using a shortened version of the skirt for my Halloween costume, so it's nice to see that even with errors (which I make all the time, and don't even need the wine haze for!) it can still look good.

  2. Ooo... the print is awesome!! Love it!

  3. Your skirt is really pretty. I love the way you've styled it, and any errors certainly don't show.