Friday, November 23, 2007

Guinness book of records

My daughter asked me this afternoon if I wanted to be in the Guinness book of records. I started to make her a coat: McCalls 5513. It was cut on an evening this week and I started sewing this afternoon around 3 o'clock. First I asked her to try the body without sleeves, and a little later with sleeves. That was when she made the remark: the sleeves went in so smoothly, that it took me only 15 minutes to set them both in. So I was back to her "in no time".

It's a cute pattern, but the pattern sizing of McCalls is a mystery to me. In the dress that my daughter made we ended using 4 and would have used 6 for a non-stretch fabric.
For this coat I used the 10, and could have used a 12 (but it's not on the pattern I have). I sewed small side and sleeve seams.
I referred to the finished bust size on the pattern, that I never really noticed, untill Summerset told me in the comments some time ago.

The construction is not so difficult. I was short of about 5 cm of fabric, and cut the lining a bit longer. It's a balloon sort of skirt part, so that's no problem I hope. The back will remain plain, not my daughters idea of embellishment.
I lengthened the sleeves, and will not do a lot of

4 comments:

  1. So far, it looks good.

    Glad you found that tip useful! It is easy to overlook, and is essential for American patterns. Yes, American pattern sizing is a mystery to me, too. Consistent sizing is one reason why many of us American sewers like Burda, etc.!

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  2. Ha. 'One season coat'. Spoken like a real mom. It's such a cute design. She's going to look great.

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  3. This style is so cute. Looks like it is coming along just fine!

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  4. Looking good! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished coat!

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