Saturday, June 27, 2009

McCalls 5893

I know I've been like a TV promo advertising my guest blogger but as I said before, I'm really thrilled with the dress my daughter made...so without further ado, my guest blogger, my daughter Adrienne.



Hey everyone! I am a little thrilled and shocked that my mom asked me to do this! So I guess I will start with an intro...

I am the second daughter (or precious princess as my mom calls us!) and the mother of "The Little Prince".


I have been sewing since my freshman year in high school so about 7 years now. My mother got me into sewing. I loved it when I would see her in a new fashion forward outfit that looked like she would have bought from the store. And once I made my first shirt from the Burda Fast & Easy Magazine and got such great reviews, I was hooked. Now I sew every chance that I can which ain't easy with a 3 month old baby!!!

My mom asked me a series of questions to use as a basis for this post, so here they are:

1. What type of fabric did you use?
For this dress I was looking to make a bold statement. So I chose a purple border print in a rayon knit from my mom's stash.


2. Did you use any notions in this dress?
Besides thread...I left out the elastic at the bodice of the dress and added a black satin ribbon instead.

3. Why did you choose this pattern (McCalls 5893)?
I bought a maxi dress from Charlotte Russe and I wanted to make one of my own with my style added to it, even though this one ended up as a short version. I definitely see a longer one in my future!

4. Was it hard to sew? If yes, why? If no, why not?
No. It was pretty easy - just a little time-consuming since I don't sew very often anymore.

5. Construction Sequence:
I cut the pattern and fabric out. I sewed the bodice together and I left out the elastic. I used gathers instead so that I could lose some of the fullness. Then I sewed the skirt together...and finally sewed the bodice and skirt together.

This is where I asked my mom for help because I wanted to wear it to a picnic that day and I was running late. So my mom finished all the edges on her serger which gave the dress a funkysexycool look.

6. Any special tips?
No...I'm still an advanced beginner, so I sewed this straight out of the envelope.

Conclusion:
Overall this is a great quick and easy dress to make. It can be worn casually, as business wear or more formally. I really loved my version of the dress and got alot of compliments on it at the picnic!


Thanks Mom for letting me show off my dress and "The Little Prince"!

47 comments:

  1. Pretty dress! You look great, and only 3 months after the baby! He's a big boy!

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  2. Great job on the dress Adrienne. The Little Prince is absolutely too cute for words!

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  3. Great dress, beautiful daughter and adorable prince.

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  4. First of all, The Little Princess is absolutely adorable! I miss the baby stage.
    And...I love the dress. The fabric is perfect for it. Your Mom has taught you well.Enjoy wearing it!
    It made me laugh when you stated that your Mom wore "fashion forward outfits" that she sewed--my daughter just told me that I dress more in style since learning to sew!

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  5. You look lovely in that dress and the Little Prince is adorable.

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  6. Great job on the dress, it looks great on you and your son is sooooo cute.

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  7. Wonderful job on the dress! You look fantastic for 3 months past having a baby! I still have all my baby weight. You are rocking that dress. Beautiful print.

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  8. Adrienne, you look fabulous and you did a great job on the dress! Your baby is soooooooooooo adorable!

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  9. Fantastic job on your dress Adrienne. And I have to add my voice to the chorus. Your little prince is SO handsome!!!!

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  10. Adrienne, you look wonderful in your dress. That pattern happens to be "hot" right now. Great Job!!
    Little Prince is so handsome. I can almost feel the heat from those glowing cheeks radiating from your Mom.(LOL) Great job Mom.

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  11. You look stunning!!!!! Great job on your dress!!!

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  12. Fabulous job on the dress! Love the way you used the print.

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  13. Love the dress, kudos! The pic of you and the baby is super cute. :):):)

    Hugs,
    Lory

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  14. Wonderful job on the dress. Your Mom is an inspiration to many and it looks like you are going to follow in her footsteps! The baby is a doll but with a grandma and mom like he has, how can he not be?

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  15. You look fabulous and like the use of the print. Gorgeous pic with your beautiful son.

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  16. You did a great job on the dress, and the choice of fabric is very pretty, and the little man is very handsome. Welcome back to the world of sewing. And if you look any more like your mother I will not be able to tell who is who.

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  17. Great dress Adrienne, you look great and of course the little prince is adorable!

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  18. Your dress is absolutely beautiful and so are you! You look so much like your mother! And, of course, the Little Prince is a favorite around here - he is just too cute! You really look amazing for having had a baby so recently.

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  19. SewingLibrarianJune 27, 2009 8:23 PM

    Great looking mom - great looking son - and great looking dress!
    Linda

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  20. First of all your daughter and grandson are beautiful!
    You did a wonderful job on that dress Adrienne! :)

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous fabric, the dress looks great on you. That baby is growing up so damn cute!

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  22. Two great creations - your dress and your little prince! Both look great.

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  23. That's a great dress, and the little boy is just adorable! Enjoy him while he's little--they grow up so fast!

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  24. wow, the genes in this fam are strong...the little princess is adorable as is the dress. Great job.

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  25. Great looking dress, you look fantastic. Your ds is such a cutie.

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  26. A lovely dress, A pretty young woman and a handsome prince. What more can I say?Bravo!

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  27. Love the picture of you and your baby! Thanks for posting. Your dress looks great...your mom must be so happy you share her passion :)

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  28. Great dress, post and photos - come back again soon!

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  29. I know Mom is so proud of you,the little prince and the pretty dress. Thanks for sharing with us; stop in anytime as a guest blogger. mssewcrazy

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  30. Beautiful dress, gorgeous seamstress, adorable baby - for what more could you ask?

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  31. You did a great job with the dress and the blog post was interesting to read. I love that last pic of you and your little son!

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  32. That dress is perfect on you. I love your fabric choice. Your baby is sooo cute!

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  33. beautiful dress, I love the fabric choice and style and your son is beautiful, I know Carolyn is very proud. thanks Carolyn for sharing your daughter's talent

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  34. Absolutely beautiful. The two of you look like a baby holding a baby. The dress looks wonderful as well! Made the dress 'straight out of the envelope', huh?!! I remember being able to do that back in the dark ages! You've done a wonderful job. The dress looks great on you, Adrienne!

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  35. Great looking dress. Great use of the border print. Your Prince is truly a handsome little guy! He is going to break some girls' hearts.

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  36. I don't want to sound like a broken record but the dress looks GREAT!!! Good job and the little guy looks like a prince indeed

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  37. Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I see you've got sewing talent too. Your dress turned out so cute. Your son is so handsome. Thanks for showing us your dress. It's so much fun as a mom to share your hobby with your daughter. I love sewing with my daughter. I know how proud your mom must be.

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  38. Love the bold print! If there's any baby pouch left under there, it is certainly well camouflaged by the pattern and colour. Your little boy is darling!

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  39. I'm one of the million who made this pattern, but I certainly like the construction method that you used (without) the elastic. Might have to try that one.

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  40. Fantastic job! You look awesome - wish I looked that good after having a baby! Keep it up.

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  41. Well, we know where you got your sense of style and your talent! Congrats, Carolyn, no such a stylish daughter, and congrats to Adrienne on a great dress - and the Little Prince, of course. It goes without saying that he's absolutely adorable.

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  42. Oh my gosh! You guys look great! I love the dress! You did a great job. I want your baby. LOL. He is too precious and looks so content.
    Kudos to you and your mom.

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  43. Lovely, lovely dress. Great work.
    And such a cute little prince.

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  44. I LOVE the dress... but dang girl... I can't believe how great you look after just having a baby!
    and he is an adorable little prince.

    Can't wait to see more of your stuff.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    I may try that pattern.

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  45. Whoa! You look great in that dress. Love the tie, perfect hem length, and everything's in proportion!

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  46. Carolyn, your daughter shows a LOT of talent! The dress is BEAUTIFUL and she looks fabulous in it! She is also in very good shape in spite of giving birth recently, congratulations!

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