Monday, July 18, 2011

Pattern Review McCalls5817, View A
or my ode to the "Safari Trend"

This pattern is out of print but still available on the McCalls website here.

Caramel Silk Matka
57"
100% Silk
$20.00

Prewash: None-I will dry clean this.
Notions: Rayon Lining-Bark, Gutermann thread #520, Bosal-Sheer Fusible Tricot, Twill Tape, Buttons: Toasted Bagel


Alterations:  I did my usual FBA.
The pattern is well drafted with an upper collar and and a proper under collar that is cut on the bias and slightly smaller than the upper collar.  I did have to establish the roll line for the lapel and collar.  I also added an 1/8" to the lapel so it would properly roll to the wrong side.


Construction Details

Roll Line


 Collar/Lapel




Pockets

Hem

Additional Views
Front
Skirt review is here.

Side

Back

With brown eyelet dress reviewed here.
Conclusion: The pattern drafting is very good and could have rated excellent if McCalls had included the roll line.  This safari look has been a fashion trend for a few seasons but it never really goes away.  I think this pattern is a classic nod to the trend.  This would also look great in the Navy Stretch Sateen or Black Foliage.

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