Sewing Something You Want from a Pattern You Don’t Want

I will not be deterred in my quest to make my Perfect Spring Dress, aka the Homegrown Dress as related to you by this post here. I laugh sinisterly in the face of impossible-ness. I’m not up to the challenge of creating my own pattern. Not when I have to have this dress finished in time for a dinner date with Mr. S on my birthday! April is not even a month away now and my life would not be complete without wearing this. Would not. The dinner would be ruined and so would my birthday come to think of it. When I tell you I can’t live without this dress, I actually intend not to live. without. it.

I decided on this very uninspiring pattern from McCall’s to start working with, the only reason being is that I quickly went and bought it right up without waiting for DreinPA to give the brilliant idea of using Newlook 6457. Next time I’ll definitely know better. Thank you DreinPA! McCall’s 6027 is the sort of pattern I would IMMEDIATELY pass over and think, “hmmmm….the 90’s called and they are definitely recalling that flared skirt part right here and now. And I don’t even know where those rectangular sleeves came from, please spare me from going there.” However, as you will notice there is more to judge here than just the pattern illustration/strange sleeves on the front. Which brings up a very good point and that is, is it hard for you too, to sometimes get past these sometimes (not sayin all the time) dated looking pattern illustrations/photos? And when I say dated, I don’t mean vintage, if you catch my drift. I mean when was that ever in style and why did we think it ever was and how in the world did that make the cut? It is hard for me every now and then which is why I bring it up. It’s much better to have something in mind when looking at these types of patterns. Otherwise, well I don’t doubt there is not much hope for purchase here.

So, I was telling you about this pattern. Oh yes! I had to paste my little Homegrown Inspiration right on the front of the pattern so as not to be deterred from thinking this pattern couldn’t work. Let’s break down this dress shall we? The hardest part is that bodice and getting it to fit glovelike with those lovely princess seams. The skirt part is just a gathered panel of fabric. Easy peasy. So easy. I could make that with my eyes closed. Please….. ha ha ha. This pattern will work for the bodice, the bottom I’ll be constructing on my own with a gathered panel in the front and back. I’ll change the zipper from the back to the side and get rid of the seam running down the middle of the bust and back. So there you have it. That’s how you sew something you want from a sewing pattern that you don’t even want. Take it all apart and put it back together again. Kind of like drafting a pattern. Oh wait….

Thank you everyone for your great comments and inspiration! So so helpful! And guess what? The vintage sheet fabric won just in case you didn’t know! I know, I know I’m excited too! I’ll be back next week with so much more!


2 thoughts on “Sewing Something You Want from a Pattern You Don’t Want

  1. I really want to see how this turns out since I saw the same dress in Anthropologie. I just can’t bring myself to spend 200 on something that LOOKS easily sewn…

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