Friday, February 8, 2013

McCall's 5704, Sort Of...

This is the third day in a row that I'm trying to put this post up. The reason: on January 16, I became a mom of 3300g of cuteness called Adam, whose innocent eyes are only a well-covered disguisement of the fact, that he is a 19/7 job (the remaining 5 hours a day, he is asleep, so I am kindly allowed to take a nap too :).. So after three weeks of being a substitute for a newborn's bed mattress I am trying my best to one-handedly write this blog post (and finish it before March comes around :).

Since it's pretty difficult to sew with a baby glued to one's body, at the moment I can't brag with a new creation from my sewing room (a.k.a. our living room). (And how much do I want to sew!!) Instead, I made a decision to blog about some pieces I made before my blogging era that haven't been mentioned here.

This dress which came to its existence on the basis of the McCall's 5704 pattern, is one of the first garments I've made and is in fact probably my favorite piece of the few clothes I've made so far. For the bodice I used McCall's 5704, which I prolonged for 10 cm, so that it hits my waist instead of remaining the empire-styled one. I drafted the skirt part of the dress myself. 

The dress is quite loose in the waist area, so I wear it cinched with a belt. I've made a belt from the same fabric as the dress as well, but since it has a tendency to fade into the fabric pattern, I usually wear it with a brown leather belt like in the picture, to show off some shape.

One of the reasons why I love this dress is the fabric it's made of. It's a kind of a knit blend and I have no idea what kind, but it's very comfortable and just a delight to wear. I still have a cyclamen and white version of it in my fabric stash. I am fighting the urge to use it for another dress of the same cut.
The other reason is the very well fitting upper part - I didn't have to do any changes to the sleeves or the collar area and it fits like a glove.

The next thing on my plan is to shed the pregnancy weight and get some regime into my new life, so that I can incorporate sewing into it. I am inspired all the time by other sewing bloggers and the Spring fashion - I only need one hand to browse the internet (and buy sewing patterns :-P).  
Aah, good that I am a woman and therefore can multitask :)...

See you as soon as my new diapers-needing boss allows me to ;).


  1. Beautiful dress. I'm also on a mission to lose weight this year. After one week at Weight Watchers I've lost 1.3kgs and taken about 1cm off my measurements.

    1. Congratulations on your success :).
      It's a bummer - before the pregnancy, I was finally quite happy with my weight and now I have to be very disciplined to get it back. So that my clothes fits me once again (and I'm not stuck with pregnancy pants anymore :).

  2. I'm only just now catching up on all my blog reading (once you have kids time is always in short supply) so very belated congratulations on having your son! As for the baby weight, one of the good things of having a baby that likes to be held all the time is that you're constantly exercising so I'm sure you'll get back to your old self soon enough