Saturday, 7 January 2012

Finished Project & Pattern Review: McCall's 5845, Violets are Blue.

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012!

I have been on holidays for 1 week and go back to work on the 9th. I thought I would spend my days off work sewing, and sewing, and sewing, but, in all honesty, I spent everyday sleeping till noon, watching Desperate Housewives and eating way too much carbs. I've never been happier :D

Yesterday I ventured outside, in the sunlight and took my sister to lunch. Before lunch, we did a little shop, to look for fabric for her dress. We hit Lincraft, didn't find anything stunning. I bought some royal blue home spun cotton though. I hate leaving empty handed. Then we went to GJ Fabrics, East Brunwick. I have been meaning to visit for a while now, and finally did yesterday. So happy that I did! The store is a wonderland! I restrained myself and only bought some stretch satin that my sister liked. It is a bluish purple - violet? It was the exact shade of blue that I have been hunting for! It was shiny, but no overly shiny. It was perfection. I also picked up a bunch of zippers. I found a long jacket zipper, and used that to fixed my Burnt Orange Mini Dress so now I can put it on and take it off comfortably.

I actually didn't end up wearing that dress for NYE, it was just too hot! The neck is too high, and I felt suffocated. I actually almost suffocated when I tried taking it off after deciding not to wear it. I was hot and clammy, and the dress was stuck to my body and would not go over my head. I was in a panic for 2 minutes, wondering who was going to find me stuck inside a dress, suffocated to death. Luckily I got it off, and luckily I have replaced the zip so that will never, ever happen. I wore my cobalt mini skirt instead.

Back to my pattern review.

For this version of the M5845, I cut a size 8 for my sister. I left the darts on the inside like the last time, but next time, I am making the darts on the outside. I was watching episode 11 of Revenge, and Victoria Grayson was wearing a dress with outside darts, and it looked great!

Victoria Grayson
Revenge, episode 11. 

I made the neck line lower. I used the bodice pattern from another dress, and used it to trace a curve to lower the neck line. I made a toile (muslin) to make sure the neck looked good. It is much more comfortable to wear now.

Alteration to the neck.

The dress fits like a dream on my sister, J.
J's measurements are: 86cm-75cm-90cm.
According to the sizing for BMV pattern measurements, she should be 12-16-12.
I cut her an 8. The fit is perfect. I didn't even have to adjust the back seam allowance!

McCall's M5845 Misses' Lined Dress with own belt.
McCall's M5845, size 8.
Bringing sexy back!

Pattern Review: M5845

Size: 8
Fabric:  0.90m stretch satin (poly/spandex) (violet), 0.90m sunsilky polyester, lining (royal)
Notions: Invisible zipper 14"/35cm (royal), Gutermann thread (310)
    • Lowered the neck
    • Darts on the inside, instead of outside
    • Shortened skirt pattern by 5"
    • Skirt hem 3cm
    • No skirt vent

PS!! I'm Pattern Review's featured member today! Yay! Not sure how significant this honour is, but I'm excited :D



  1. Do you know that I went searching for that pattern at Joann's just because of your post and it wasn't there?! I was so bummed haha, you make it look absolutely adorable.

  2. @Jane Thanks Jane! :)
    I think the pattern is out-of-print... I got mine from BMV online about a month-ish ago... try BMV. It might be full price, but I think it's worth it!

  3. I think you are absolutely brilliant!! I have recently started sewing and am aspiring to create some of the lovely dresses that you have! I especially love the orange one, the colour block and the emarld! Keep sewing, and i'll try to copy haha :)

  4. @Anonymous That's great to hear! I can't wait to see your work!

  5. Do you watch Revenge??? I love this show. I'm addicted. At first I thought it was silly but it's sucked me in!

    1. I LOVE REVENGE!!!! It's my favourite new TV show!!! It hasn't started on TV in Australia yet, but I've been downloading it, so I'm up to date with the states. Madeleine Stow is such a gorgeous woman!!!! I love the story too!! and Daniel is so adorable!!!! Such a good show! I'm ramblng haha :)

  6. Yup, yup. I agree on Daniel. He's droolworthy. I think aside from dreaming about sewing, I dream of him most. hahah!

    1. ... I also love watching Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives :)

  7. Hi Neemo
    Your number 1 fan here "Nemo's Mum"..
    Just went through your blog (as I haven't for awhile).. Love the dresses. Am very keen to see your reversable dress!
    I was just wondering have you considered making something with lace yet?

    1. Hi Nemo's mum!!! :)
      I would love to make something in lace, but I don't think I'm skilled enough yet. I have used lace on the hem of two of my dresses. I have all the material for the reversible dress, just need the time to get inspired!! I still have "sewing homework" i was meant to finish over Xmas/NY which I haven't got around to. I start sewing class again next week. Yay :):)


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