I love bird print fabrics – I’m obsessed with them. It’s surprising then that this is actually the first time I’ve ever made anything with one. Using some gorgeous, soft cotton I picked up at the Knitting and Stitching show in March I have at last completed McCall’s M4779 (version A).
I was very well behaved and made myself a muslin of the bodice last week, merging a few different sizes. The whole muslin business is pretty new to me but after reading some pretty scary reviews of the pattern and not wanted to wreck my fabric I thought it best to proceed with caution. Having worked out what I wanted to do, I set fourth this weekend.
I wrote an exceedingly long blog about it here, if you wish to read my witty commentary and see my pretty pictures. The short and the long of it is this: I love my dress (and I’m quite proud of how well constructed it is) but I’m not sure it’s one I’ll be rushing to replicate.
Pros: It has pockets! And it’s very comfortable. And I love how the skirt hangs.
Cons: I found the sizing a bit funny – I know its a semi fitted dress but it just felt a bit big (despite my fittings and muslin I obviously didn’t nail this). The collar is so immensely awkward. Did I mention that the collar is awkward?
But hey ho – it’s all done (and before April was over!) and I’m pretty damned chuffed with it!