I’ve been admiring some lovely makes using the McCalls 2401 pattern. As is customary on Clipped Curves, my top three are:
1. Joanne’s gorgeous version using a vintage Liberty silk found at a vintage fair.
2. Alice’s blurry version (her words not mine) and she’s made stunning red polka dot and summery versions too!
3. An incredibly glamorous evening wear version by Mitali
I traced a size 6 up top and graded to an 8 to accommodate my hips. My toile looked ok but I decided it would benefit from wider darts in the back piece, raised bust darts, a bit of neck gape removed and widened arm holes. Not too bad, at least I avoided the dreaded small bust adjustment (see Shona’s post about the side effects of this adjustment – it’s like major pattern piece surgery with trade-offs, all of which I suffered from making my Sureau toile).
I ploughed straight into refashioning a dress I found in a charity shop that still had the original store labels attached. I salvaged the zip but it wasn’t long enough so I’ll save it for another make. The outer and lining fabrics were chopped up using the M2401 pattern pieces and I discovered cute horizontal pockets in the front of the dress that were also incorporated into my refashion.
Super satisfied with my invisible zip insertion and wrangling the spacial logistics of lining a dress, I excitedly tried it on. It looked great but was completely impractical for sitting down or breathing deeply. Hmm…
I tried on my toile again… tried sitting down and breathing deeply. Yep, I’d fitted it for standing up only. Why is learning by your mistakes such a painful process? What’s the funniest fitting mistake you’ve made? (you know I’m only asking so that I can feel better about this incident!)
Today is the last day you can enter my birthday giveaway. I’ll select a name at random from all those entered by midnight tonight. Good luck!