Tuesday, March 1, 2011

McCall's 5893

I have a chance to leave snowy, cold Michigan for a visit to Sanibel Island, Florida, and so I thought I would sew up a casual dress/swim suit cover-up. The fabric is a thin T-shirt knit from Fabric.com, a recent addition to my garment fabric stash! Maybe I am turning over a new leaf by sewing fabric as it comes in the house, rather than stockpiling it for future use :-)
McCall's 5893  is advertised as a 1-hour pattern, but it took me longer than that! I like to take my time, since I've decided that I'm a process sewer.....tho I almost always appreciate the finished product. 

I did make a couple of changes to the pattern. The directions called for the neckline and armholes edges to just be turned to the inside and stitched down to finish the raw edges.....not a look that I like for the neckline. I cut some "almost" bias strips out of the dress fabric and finished the neckline that way. Looks much better, in my opinion. I also made a full-bust adjustment, and lengthened the bodice, and as usual when sewing with knits I used stabilizer at the shoulder seams and hem.
I hope I like the longer length....I'll know more when I wear it! If not, I'll just lop it off for a shorter sundress.


  1. Hi Patty and thanks for the lovely compliment on my suit.

    What a perfect dress for sunny Florida. Enjoy your trip.

    I have made long sun dresses and when I tire of the length, cut it for a house dress.

  2. Great fabric...perfect for Florida! I am wanting to sew for warmer weather, but the weather outside is NOT cooperating! Perhaps I should schedule a trip for somewhere warm....

  3. Very cute! The modifications look like they worked great.

  4. What a great dress!
    I have just found your blog and feel inspired to get back to dressmaking which I haven't done in over twenty years now.