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McCall's 5316 - The dress built for two

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Doesn't this look like the sweetest little summer dress ever? Hah! That's what I thought too, but after spending way too much time on this dress before deciding to give it up, I now fondly refer to it as my Dress Built for Two . Whew! Stiff wind blows up under this dress and I'll fly away just like Mary Poppins! Kind of looks like an after shot for a weight loss product doesn't it? Hmmm, maybe if I wore a bustle underneath no one would notice how big this dress is. Of course you never know when I might need a maternity dress. But I better sew it in black because I'm not so sure DH would survive the shock. So what happened? Oh, there were a few things that contributed to the problems with this dress. Probably the biggest mistake was my choice of fabrics. The fabric I used is a beautiful turquoise colored, crinkled cotton gauze with a tone on tone eyelet pattern. I blissfully cut out view B (the view with the flutter sleeves) and proceeded to happily st

McCall's 5316 - The dress built for two

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Doesn't this look like the sweetest little summer dress ever? Hah ! That's what I thought too, but after spending way too much time on this dress before deciding to give it up, I now fondly refer to this dress as my Dress Built for Two . Whew! Stiff wind blows up under this dress and I'll fly away just like Mary Poppins! Kind of looks like an after shot for a weight loss product doesn't it? Hmmm , maybe if I wore a bustle underneath no one would notice how big this dress is. Of course you never know when you might need a maternity dress. But I better sew it in black because I'm not so sure DH would survive the shock. So what happened? Oh, there were a few things that contributed to the problems with this dress. Probably the biggest mistake was my choice of fabrics. The fabric I used is a beautiful turquoise colored, crinkled cotton gauze with a tone on tone eyelet pattern. I blissfully cut out view B (the view with the flutter sleeves) and proceeded t

Vogue 8386 dress review

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Blame it on Stacy. She started it. I saw the photo of her modeling the dress on her blog and I seriously considered sewing one for myself. Then, as I was browsing Patternreview, I came across a review for the dress by Leslie in Austin who altered the bodice to provide more coverage and included a photo of the alteration. Well, that was it. I rushed to Joann's one hour before the sale ended to purchase Vogue 8386 so I could sew myself one of these lovely dresses. Never mind I have no where to wear it, I'll worry about that later. Reviewers indicated that this dress was easy to sew and it was. Believe me I needed an instant gratification sewing project after my disappointing experience with McCall's 5316 (more on that in a day or two...I need time to get over my frustration). I cut the dress out this morning and was able to sew most of it before family arrived mid-afternoon for my birthday cook-out. Well, it also helped that my darling husband took it upon himself to