Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pattern Review - McCalls 5796

This is Gabby's Design and Technology creation for school. The brief was an age appropriate garment for a child. Gabby chose McCalls 5796 to make a dress for her little cousin using a combination of cottons - Eyeballing Yellow and Liberty Of London Betsy - Tana Lawn

Gabby made up this dress as per pattern, the only alteration made was to the bodice. The bodice sat very wide on the body, so to bring it in (a great suggestion from her sewing tutor) Gabby added two pintucks to the centre front and then recut the bodice facing to fit. Little contrasting buttons were sewn down the centre front as well as back and embroidery anglaise trim around the hem to add lovely details.

Gabby was initially daunted with gathering all the tiers and making the straps neatly, but the extra sewing classes Gabby has been attending with Bernadette Doherty have been extremely helpful, not to mention enjoyable.

Stay tuned for the Gabby's 60's inspired dress made in our silk/linen...coming soon


  1. Oh Gabby you have done a beautiful job with this gorgeous little dress! Top Marks!! Sewing is definitely in your genes..... :)
    Thankyou for also sharing your tutor information.... I have rung Bernadette and hoping to attend some personalized tutoring in the new year....a few days of intensive sewing all together as I live so far away.... And of course some shopping at Tessuti on the same trip!
    Looking forward to seeing your next creation Gabby!!! Absolutely love silk / linen... So can't wait to see what you do with it!
    Love Lou

  2. Such a pretty dress and I love the fabric combination. You definitely have the sewing gene - love to see what else you make in the future. Best wishes and happy sewing!! Ps: My daughter has just started to sew but she's 22 - better late than never.


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