Monday, August 16, 2010

FO: McCall's 5576 Tunic

Pattern: M5576 - Out of Print - View C with modifications
Description: Made for my MIL's birthday back in July with some requested modifications
Fabric: 100% cotton from years ago.. maybe 2006 or 2007?
Notions: lightweight fusible interfacing (Is this considered a notion or fabric or something else?)


  • Did not use a zipper due to the wide neckline.
  • Did not use the ruffle portion of the sleeve from view C.
  • Changed the length from dress to tunic... took off about 6" from the bottom of the dress.
  • Raised the neckline by 1.5" by just winging it and gathering the sleeve cap more. This made for a "poufy" sleeve.
  • Took in the front yoke by 1.5" because it was too wide, which I found out after I applied the yoke and didn't want to cut a new piece.  This part was also winged... but created a nice little pleat in the dress front.
M5576 Modified.jpg

Conclusion: The instructions were very easy to follow. The sizing runs a little big and the neckline is a little low and wide, but other than that it's a pretty simple dress/tunic. I may make this in view A for myself.

M6069 Update

Finally had a chance to take some pictures of my McCall's 6069 dress...


Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

FO: McCall's 6069 Dress

I needed a quick and easy sewing project and McCall's 6069 was just what I needed.

Pattern: McCall's 6069 View A
Fabric:  Polyester clearance knit from Hancock Fabrics from 2008 [stash busting]
Notions:  < 1 yard of 3/8" elastic


I didn't add the back strap but now I wish I did. The dress tends to fall off my shoulders, and I think the strap would help with that. As a temporary fix, I used safety pins to anchor the dress to my bra straps, which worked really well. For a permanent fix, I plan to add the bra strap thing... hahaha... yeah I don't know what it's called, but is the little string chain that snaps at the shoulder seam to keep your bra straps in place. This dress currently hits me right above the knee, which I think is the perfect length for this dress... the only problem is that it's unhemmed. If I make this dress again I would add a couple of inches so I could hem it.

I don't have pictures of it on, but here it is on the hanger. Hopefully, I'll take some pictures with it on, but I'm not promising anything... :P

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Already?

Wow, I can't believe how fast the year is going by! July went especially fast... there was plenty going on at work and then a little vacation to California and Colorado. Here are some photos from the trip...

Somewhere on Stanford's campus:

Chinese food so delicious... there were multiple courses and this was my favorite... the meat is duck but other than that I don't know what this is... I just know you wrap and eat! :)

Sesame dessert balls... yum!

This is where we ate... Ming's in Palo Alto, CA... if you're in the area you should check them out!

We were in Cali for a friend's wedding, which was at Halbrook-Palmer Park in Menlo Park, CA. It was stunning!!

 Milbrae, CA... very nice neighborhood:

From Cali we flew to Colorado, where my in-laws picked us up for a little road trip. Here's part of Rocky Mountain National Park... a storm's a coming...

Pike's Peak... we rode the Cograil Train, which you may be able to spot on the left hand side... it's tiny!

Not a good picture of me... but we went whitewater rafting in Bighorn Sheep Canyon, which was soooo fun!

Royal Gorge: