Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sewing project : Mccall 5880 & a self drafted top!

Finally, I managed to sew a pattern (M5880) from Mccall. Unfortunately, it was not a garment I would wear. Looks nice on the dress form but not on me. This pattern runs on the large side, even when it's a size 4. The armhole was too big for me. I had to take it about 1 1/2 inches on each side. Also when I put it on, it looked more like a maternity dress. I think this was because of the fabric and the fact that I had to line it as well. It definitely added on more bulk then needed. Maybe it might have worked if I had used a fabric which had more flow to it. 

For this project, I used a cotton fabric which was given to me by my mum. Lovely fabric which has nice embroidery. Sadly, I will have to put this away at the back of my wardrobe. Use it when the time comes (Wink)!

On the bright side, I started sewing. I have been self drafting a lot too. Right below you will see my V neck, loosely fitted extended sleeved top/blouse. Sometimes I feel that I over analyze my drafting and end up not doing what I learnt in pattern drafting class years ago. After almost six months of no sewing, I think I am able to start a fresh and make some clothes for my coming trip to Singapore. Yes, in June, I will be in Singapore with Mr Hubby. Looking forward to it.

I shall not bore you with my ranting and show you what I made.

Front view

Side view

Back view

I didn't sew in the zipper as the pattern indicated to. I sewed it up and left a 3 inch gap so that I can get put on the dress.

My self drafted top using a cheap polyester floral fabric. I bought it in Singapore for SGD$2.00 a yard many years ago. 

Extended sleeve

Back view

On me! 

Thanks for coming by lovelies!

Have a great Saturday!



  1. The dress came out great and the fabric is gorgeous. Great drafting on the top... another great print.

  2. Nice top. Good to hear you are drafting on your own. I am sure you will enjoy more and more as you continue your experiments with pattern drafting. best of luck!

  3. Your creativity comes through on the McCalls dress with how you've used that fabric. And your hard work shows through on your self-draft. The fit looks nice and comfy.

  4. It is too bad it doesn't fit well because that fabric is beautiful :)

  5. It's great that you have started sewing again. I think that the dress looks very pretty, even though you aren't happy with the fit, Your self-drafted top looks lovely - great job!