05 Dec 2011 • • by Heather Lou

The Mondo Shift Dress // McCalls 5753

McCalls 5753 sewing pattern // Closet Core Patterns
This was only my second time sewing with a pattern. I made it back in September but only got a chance to take photos this weekend (with my 9-5 schedule and the fact that it gets dark in Montreal by 4:30 makes taking photos very difficult when you only wear pajamas on the weekend).

I bought this McCalls 5753 pattern 2 years ago when I was initially planning on taking up sewing.... time was ripe. I found this divine fuchsia crepe practically sitting on top of the black & white houndstooth, and with both under $5/yard at my favourite fabric store it was kind of a no-brainer. Mondo-style all the way. Mondo being the horribly slighted second-prize winner of last season's Project Runway. I was so, so, so angry when he lost to brown-town Gretchen, not only because he was sweet and quirky and amazing but because he knew his way around a bright colour and a print which is a sure ticket to my heart.

Mondo's final runway collection

Although the McCall pattern was described as "easy" it was definitely challenging for me, especially with the lining. I had a few minor issues and the fit in the rear is not perfect, but overall I was thrilled with the result. I've worn this dress a number of times since then and have got pretty dramatic compliments on it each time. Nothing feels better than saying "Oh this? Yeah, I made it" (demur eyelash flutter).

This weekend I have AGONIZED over a blouse I was planning on giving my sister for Christmas. It's a very fine poly crepe with french seams and parts cut on the bias; it may be the death of me. I have seam ripped the shit out of it - it's more or less done except now I'm stuck on the hem. My seam-rolling foot is not co-operating and doing it by hand was disastrous. Somehow I doubt I can give sis this tortured, wrinkled mess. But I'm learning.

Anyway, the Mondo:

 

 

 

 

Mondo Sheath dress:
Pattern:  McCalls 5753
Total Cost (including notions): $20
Time to Make: 18-20 hours  (cutting patterns takes me forever - really need a rotary cutter and a mat)

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