Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MCall's 6156- Not Quite a Wadder

I spent the whole weekend working on M6156, hoping I could get it done in time for the Princess to wear it Monday morning.
Imagine my disgust when I got it all done and had her try it on, only to find out it's too small!

What happened? I don't know. I measured her right before I started. She measured right at a size 7 at the chest, a size 8 at the waist, and right between the 8 and the 10 at the hip. I chose the 8. I even checked the finished measurements on the tissue and everything seemed fine. For a brief moment I considered going up to a 10 just in case, but I decided not to, since the last McCalls size 10 I made turned out way too wide for her through the bodice.

The pattern itself is fine. It's drafted pretty well and goes together easily. I roll hemmed the front ruffle and the sleeve cuffs (rather than doing a 5/8" hem as the pattern instructed.) I also left off the waist ties (too narrow and fiddly for me) and just used elastic all the way around the waist seam.

The pattern called for elastic in the sleeves. I used the "zig zag over 1/8" elastic" method rather than making a casing and inserting the elastic. I thought the contrasting thread on the cuffs and front ruffle added a little pizzaz.

I love the trendy tunic style and I thought this would be cute with jeans or leggings. I guess I'll ask one of my daughter's smaller friends if they want it.
Now I have to decide if I want to bother with making it again. I cut the size 8 so all the larger sizes are gone- I'll have to buy another copy, and unfortunately, this was the very last copy my local fabric store had. Yeah, I can order one, or wait and see if the store re-stocks, but right now, honestly, I'm so irritated, I might just throw it away and forget about it.

I guess I'm going to have to start making muslins, or at least tissue fitting my daughter. It's a cute pattern, but if you're considering making it- double check the sizing before cutting!


Venus de Hilo said...

How disappointing after so much work, getting all those fiddly details to come out so well! I don't know how you could face starting all over again.

Karin said...

Frustration! Once this sort of thing happens to me, I just don't want to repurchase the pattern and try again. I am fed up! The one that you made is cute and came out perfect, aside from the size! Bummer.

mickey said...

What a shame! You did such a nice job, I know some little girl would love to wear it. Before you give up on the pattern though--- did your daughter love the look? Would she want you to try again? If it went together easily and just needed to be sized up, why not try again? I love the contrasting thread detail. :)

beangirl said...

Ack! That just happened to me last night as well. Fortunately, I have one smaller kid who's now getting to wear a too-big shirt for a while. But so disappointing. At least mine was Ottobre so I had to trace it anyway.

I hate when that happens. If it was me, I think I'd just move on to something else. It's very cute, though!

Heather said...

Oh dang! That is so frustrating! What a cute dress/tunic, though. I hope one of her friends will wear it so all your beautiful work and fabric doesn't go to waste! Ugh!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Awe man I hate when that happens especially when it is as adorable as that one!