Mccalls 6520- Less Harpers, more Bizarre.


McCalls 6520- possibly my worst fabric idea ever. See the cute little stripey one? With the shoulders that remind me of old baseball jersies? Thats the latest victim. I took a few liberties with it- I am not a huge fan of drawstring self-belts, so I thought I’d just thread a real belt thru there and feel good about it.The casing is alot wider in reality than on the dainty miss in the picture.Β  I also didn’t have one button that felt right with this fabric, so I used pearly snaps. By the by, none of the animals like me with a hammer. Oh, Katze- it’s ok!I was coerced into this novelty quilt fabric last year by an over-zealous friend and hadn’t thought of a thing to do with it- I didn’t want to break up the print and I think it risks going ‘housedress’ very easily, so it has languished in the textile hoarders closet for far too long. Just because you admire this: Doesn’t mean that you should wear this: Maybe I just wanted to have Wanda B with me all the time!Oh, the perils of sewing with quilty-cotton?! I know it’s a dirty word to some, but I can’t avoid a pretty print and in my neck of the woods, that is the best range of options. I’m not sure that I pulled it off this time.I’m warming to it, but I’m still not totally sold.Β  My husband assures me that I don’t look like Babe Ruth in a nightie. He’s very good that way. It is very comfortable and I enjoyed pulverizing snaps while watching Buffi get tossed off the Michael Korr’s show- Lord I was not fond of her work! Did anybody think that Sergei didn’t get enough love for that dress?

photo credits: pattern review, meadhawg

75 thoughts on “Mccalls 6520- Less Harpers, more Bizarre.

  1. No your husband isn’t wrong! It is a cute dress and a great reworking of the pattern. And if it’s comfortable and a true reflection of your personality, then you’ve made a wonderful new dress!

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  2. I, for one, think this is CUTE. But, since it is indirectly, an homage to moi…well I can’t say for sure that my ego has not got the best of my opinion on this occasion. I would love to have a shirt made of this stuff (in my day to day life, I have too few occasions for wearing a dress.)

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  3. I really like the print. Did you change the shape of the neckline to be square? I love itβ€”very flattering. I also live on the Canadian prairies, and there’s plenty of quilting fabric to go around. My husband can’t get enough of them for shirt fabrics (he doesn’t know any better). Anyways, I think this dress is a winner. If I saw you walking down the street in it, I’d be a little jealous and a lot inspired!

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  4. This is the most egregious fishing for a compliment I’ve ever seen. You look fantastic! This dress looks straight out of Anthro and perfect on you. Buffy sucked, I feel the first five episodes of PR aren’t even worth watching, except of course for learning about “fish whistle”, my new favorite euphemism.

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  5. I LOVE THIS! I think the wacky print is perfect with such a simple shape (I may be biased since I made and love this pattern). I think it looks fabulous on you. Really flattering shape. I just think the neckline needs to be like, an inch lower but I felt that way about my version too. And thank heavens Buffi left. I h-h-h-HATED her style. But I think this season is pretty boring. I like Sanjie but it’s there are too many severe Europeans and humourless “Glamourous lady” designers and that Gunnar needs an ass kick and a head slap. Simultaneously. Kinda sad the flakey Japanese guy left. His stuff was amusing.

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  6. Cuckoo Chanel says:

    I love this beyond measure. You look fabulous in it. Quilting cottons with fun prints are pretty much my favorite fabrics to buy and work with. To me that’s the point of all the time and frustration we put into this insane sewing lifestyle. If you can’t be whimsical and express yourself, why even bother. By the way, I loved Buffi. She was obviously never going to win, but I found her refreshing. Her tacky color combinations are fun. Anyway, keep on being fun with your creations. You’re the best.

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  7. ParisGrrl says:

    What fun fabric–I’d kill to have enough of that for a pencil skirt. If there’s one thing I’d consider tweaking on your dress, it’s the sleeves…if that’s the inverse of the fabric showing there it might work better hemmed shorter to match the skirt hem of the dress. But it’s lovely either way.

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  8. I like it, nice shape dress and the fabric colours are lovely. The style really suits you and lets face it we can all do with a bit of novelty from time to time.

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  9. As someone who has also fallen prey to many different cotton prints I can understand perfectly using it. It looks cute and fun and summery. What more could you want from a first run through on a garment? As to the drawstring waist, I often run elastic through the back casing with the “drawstrings” sewn on, secure it how I like the gathers in back and just pull the drawstrings to the most flattering gtehr in the front. Does any of this make sense?

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  10. I like this dress, actually! I think it’s really fun! And OMG– how did Buffy spend all day sewing what boiled down to two rectangles?! Yikes! I thought Dmitri’s dress was awesome, but I really liked Sonjia’s too. I’m just glad that a-hole Ven didn’t win again! πŸ˜€

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  11. Oh, Oh, Oh, please learn the words “spoiler alert”! I’m in the UK and I watch PR via dubious means which can sometimes mean days between broadcast in your part of the world and my being able to download and watch 😦 If I’m going to be horribly pedantic then “PR spoiler” in the header would be nice – just asking.

    The dress in this post – the photos seem to show that you don’t really like it. And, I’ll be honest, it’s not you. You look so fantabulous in so many things – it’s not worth looking (or feeling) not fantabulous! (I think the double negative works here).

    Julie

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  12. OMG, this is totally my type of fabric and makes me smile like crazy! I am such a sucker for novelty quilting prints. Which is good because I live in a town that also has an unusually high quilting:apparel fabric availability ratio. I think this turned out really cute, and I’m digging the square neckline.

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  13. I think you can pull it off. Toss a jacket over it? At least it’s not something Buffi would wear, right? That must make it okay! I am so glad she is gone….every week she looked like the Candy Challenge.

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  14. Pendle Stitches says:

    I have to say that I think this is adorable. You look really cute in it and I really wish that I’d thought of using a belt for a drawstring. Inspired.

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  15. I think quilting cotton gets a bad rap some of the time. You can find really nice, soft cotton prints nowadays. I’m a sucker for a good cotton print, of course, we live in the same area. I like the neckline on this a lot.

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  16. I think it’s been confirmed, this dress is a keeper. I have looked at the pattern quite a few times and thought, why yes! I love your version and more power to your quilter’s cotton. It’s got great personality and you have got to love that!

    Now as for PR, bye bye Buffi, as amusing as you are, equally tacky. Very sad our Japanese fellow departed, he was highly entertaining…Van, talented but yaw.

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  17. Okay, so quilting cotton is a dirty word, but s*&$, I swear like a sailor. It’s a fun dress πŸ™‚ I’m glad you modified the waist – much better. Mushka is always very concerned when the tools come out, as well. Poor delicate things.

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  18. I love to use quilting cotton for dresses and blouses. Last year I bought a very little-girly pink novelty print and then freaked out about it for a while, worried that I had made a terrible mistake but I finally made it into a dress this summer and yeah, it’s rather odd but I like it and I’ve decided to embrace oddness.

    I think your dress looks charming and not bizarre at all.

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