Thursday, July 22, 2010

The "1 Hour" dress.

Here is McCall's pattern M5893.  I started it at 2pm, straight from the envelope.  It probably took me at least 20 minutes, if not 30, to cut out the pattern, get it pinned the right way on the fabric and get the fabric cut out.  I imagine the "1 Hour" doesn't include that time.  Once I had it cut out, the dress itself was pretty easy to make, but I'm saying this as someone who has made a few dresses.  I made dress "C" technically, but I cut it to the length of dress "B."  Even if I take out the time it took me to cut out the pattern and fabric, it still took me an hour and a half to make this, so it's a little closer to a "2 Hour" dress.

I used fabric I found at the thrift store.  Maybe this fabric used to be cotton sheets?  I really don't know.  It looked brand new.  This is a ridiculously comfortable dress with nice deep pockets perfect for hiding your hands.  The downside is that it isn't exactly slimming with its billowing skirt and it has that faux maternity thing going on.  I also think my fabric might be a little sheer in direct sunlight so I'll probably have to line it with something or wear a little slip under it.  But seriously, if you know anything about sewing, this is a pretty cute and simple project


  1. Hey. The dress looks beautiful. I'm using the same pattern in hopes of a cute, quick dress. Having less luck than I wanted. I have made the top and sewn the sides of the skirt but from there I don't know where to go. I'm having issues gathering what the instructions are telling me as far as attaching the top and bottom and making the casing. Can you provide any help?

  2. The instructions for these "hidden" casings under the bust are always a bit confusing I think. The secret is to gather the bottom so that it fits with top and sew it together with a nice BIG seam allowance. You then fold this seam allowance up and sew the edge of it down to about a 1/2" or so above where you attached the top to the bottom originally. This creates a channel made up of the dress top and your seam allowance. This particular dress, which I made out of a stretch cotton is super comfortable! It's one of the few dresses I've made that I actually am confident enough to wear outside!