Monday, June 4, 2012

How I Almost Made A Hospital Gown: McCall's 6551

   I narrowly avoided a fashion tragedy last week.  The whole thing started out simply enough.  I had purchased some navy blue crepe-back satin on clearance at Hancock.  A week or so later, I decided I wanted to use it, and selected McCall's 6551, View C (upper right-hand corner).  I thought, "now here's a pattern that has crepe listed as a recommended fabric.  Hooray!"


   Everything was great until I pulled out the fabric.  I forgot that I'd bought crepe-back satin, and not regular crepe.  Lovely.  I had already traced the pattern onto plastic (while one of my cats supervised - see below), and still wanted to make the dress.  I probably could have used the crepe-back satin, but wanted to save it for something else.  I remembered that I'd bought some turquoise-bluish-greenish crepe a few months ago.  Luckily, I had enough to use it for the dress!

Tinsley supervising
   I began cutting the fabric.  The more I thought about it, the more it worried me - picturing the shape of the dress, plus the color of the crepe, produced a mental image that bore an uncanny resemblance to a hospital gown.  Oh no.  What's a hapless n'ere-do-well like me to do?  Taking inspiration from View D on the pattern envelope, I decided to try my hand at color blocking.  I dug out some left-over navy blue crepe (not crepe-back satin, mind you!) from Butterick 5708, and cut the sleeves and belt.  I sewed it up, but it still kind of looked like a hospital gown even with the color blocking:

  This wouldn't do.  I don't want to walk around looking like I just stepped out of Surgical Suite D.  Plus, the length really wasn't flattering on me.  4 inches shorter and a cinch at the waist, and the problem was solved:

   So much better!  However, I wish I'd extended the facing on both the front and back.  The fabric is slightly see-through due to the lighter tone, an it's pretty obvious where the facing ends.  I had thought about extending the facing when I was first tracing the pattern, but decided not to.  I should have listened to my gut and extended it.  I'm considering cutting a new facing and switching it out.

   This actually turned out to be a very simple, but also very cute little dress.  It's not perfect (we are talking about me, after all), but it's better than a hospital gown.  I tried it on, and liked it so much that I decided to take a picture of myself wearing it (which I almost never do).

Please excuse the horrid lighting and spots on my bathroom mirror.  How awful!  I styled the belt differently than on the dress form to show some versatility : )

   Ahh.  This almost-hopsital gown turned into a breath of fresh air.  I can't wait to wear it out and about!


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful i like the color schemes with the light blue to the dark blue..the belt is really is a nice add on and you can us it in many ways. love the shot with the black cat..good job on the dress look real cute.

Amy said...

Thanks, Anonymous :) Your kind words brightened my day!

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