I dreamed I was a little generic in Mccalls 5973

Chickadees, I must bare my soul. I buy gaudy fabric.  Rarely do I sew solids. Maybe a texture will catch my eye, but oh honey that is as rare as the pope in hot pants. So, I have collected a lot of patterns that have minimal cuts to the fabric that break up the design. I like great swathes of unmolested print. Unless of course I’m going Great Gravy Gaudy (GGG) and combining textiles, but that eye searing topic is not for today , my little ones.  Today we talk minimal seams. Mccalls 5973 has been in the bin for a few years, waiting on my foolish muse. The upper left drawing caught my eye. Lots of unforrested acreage thre. But I have an irrational dislike of Laura Linney  the smocky looking bodice. It’s a little ‘stand in a field while my hemp-clothed diapered offspring frolics’ for me. It doesn’t have anything to do with Laura Linney- I’ve never seen her in a field, but I do have an irrational dislike for her. She knows what she did. Nuff said.


It’s kind of bland and the ‘Contemporary Trendsetting’ moniker makes me snicker, because I can see it with a turtleneck and clogs on Mackenzie Phillips if I squint. But I’ve learned that you can’t cross gaudy with too much design detail. You get gaudy mud and end up telling people how cool your pattern was- cuz you’ve gaudiflaged it too much for them to appreciate it and what fun is that? Weighty issues confront this little tack’inesta everyday. Tis true.

But I love the sleeve line. I do- its batflap arm flattering, it’s flowy, it’s multi-season. So I fell into their trap and did some ‘Contemporary trendsetting’!  Yes, there is mossy foliage growing from my armpit like Miley Cyrus 2016. But, that’s a good thing, right?


Forgive my austere expression- I was using all of my inner hell energy to make the camera do my bidding- somehow it resets while I’m not looking and I end up with blurry ‘I swear we saw Bigfoot by the burn barrel Chasity, I shityounot’ pictures.

I’m happy with the results here, tho I have an issue or two- this one not related to the pattern drafting, but to little me. The pyramid-shaped lass is not totally suited to the faux belting- it rides up like it wants to leave by the first exit it comes to. I stopped adjusting so you could see its slow breast smothering creep in all its glory.  I knew this. I’ve always known this, but the heart wants what the heart wants, you knows? Hmmm….how many times do you think ‘breast smothering creep’ has been yelled in a subway? There’s a  kewpie doll for anyone with stats. DM me.


Would you believe I’m wearing pink tights in these pictures? I swear they match my pale piglet pallor perfectly! Here comes Bigfoot! I will consider this dress a win tho. It’s a perfect, ‘oh I’ve got a meeting, must look like an adult’ or the ‘I cannot face selecting one of my usual awe-inspiring combinations today, my heart is weary’ kind of thing to whip out of the closet and don. I won’t make it again, the other stylings didn’t grab me and the traveling belt issue is not high on my priority list. There are other foolish hills to climb!


Am I the only one that gets crazy cutting out these ‘design your own, style it, freestyle’ patterns?


I always, always, bet on it- you will take home a case of turtle wax- cut out too many pieces. I could have made 3 skirts. I get to sewing and fish around in the bin for the right piece and invariably grab a ‘convex nape panel’ or a ‘reverse placket’. When honestly, I wasn’t even planning to do the version with 3 front panels- because (say it with me class) I didn’t want to break up my mossy flower festive print. I’m usually very organized in the sewingroom-  all the Colin Firth dvds are in order of their European release, my snacks are set up by best taste temperature, you get me. I’m going to blame the most recent addition to my editorial squad- the Jas’mini. She’s constantly wanting that purple toy thrown and it’s a mission and a trial. But she’s cute- wait are you eating MICKEY???? UNHAND THAT RELIGIOUS ICON YOU FOUL TEMPERED BEAST!!!!


photo credits: pattern review, little me.

20 thoughts on “I dreamed I was a little generic in Mccalls 5973

  1. Emily says:

    I’m thinking Dante Gabriel Rossetti had an angel with blue wings… or should have. Or Annie Louisa Swynnerton… google her painting
    The Sense of Sight. That should make you feel better about breast smothering creep… it’s just a romantic style!


  2. Betsy from Pike says:

    I wish you’d write a novel. I enjoy your makes, as we face similar obstacles and have a similar aesthetic, but I love your sense of humor.


  3. ellecsews says:

    I like the dress, but I admit, this isn’t fabric I would have expected you to have added to your collection.

    As for your pale pink legs, at least yours are pink, my are dead fish belly pale blue.

    I had that exact Mickey that I purchased at a thrift store, it took my dogs AGES to destroy it. And they are very determined and good at it. Right now they are working on Opus from Bloom County. He’s holding up quite well too.


    • You don’t have dachshunds! They are murderous beasties- the purple toy in the picture was purchased after many Kong’s and ‘indestructible’ toys buy the dust in an hour.
      I’ve been trying to steer myself toward colors that are different, but in my range. It’s hard!!


  4. thats a great make – and I envy your ability to buy print – I will invariably go for plain navy. Hope Mickey survives – but personally I would rather that than shoes!


  5. Ellie says:

    Well, I know a challenge when I see one – I will be counting the “breast smothering creep” shouts in the subway starting today. The doll will be mine! On a separate note, the dress is really lovely and you look wonderful.


  6. I love this dress on you; it’s a hit!
    Can you subdue the breast creeping belt with carefully placed hidden stitches? Yes? No? Just a thought….


  7. valerie says:

    I also thought the lamp over your shoulder looked like angel wings lol. I like the dress. p.s I’ve actually sat next to the breast smothering creep on the train years ago. didn’t know he was still around haha


  8. Despite the high belt, I’ll bet this will be your go-to dress for future events. The version with the vertical color blocking is really attractive and slimming. I had to laugh at the Tiffany lamp behind you, I had to look twice to make sure it was not a colorful Amazon parrot sitting on your shoulder!


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