Friday, October 14, 2011

Can A Girl Have Too Many LBD's?

I think not! And now I also have a new TNT! McCall's 2401 fitted sheath is just that...a fabulous must have wardrobe builder. What a classic! I'm not sure how old or new this pattern is but I am certainly excited to add it to my arsenal as a tried and true "go to". This first go round I made view A with longs sleeves and a V neck. I used a Ponte Roma knit that was oh so yummy to work with. Altering for an FBA was easy peasy with this straightforward design.  I used my new Super Duper Sloper that I recently made using McCall's 2718 fitting shell pattern, hereinafter referred to as my SDS, for a glove like fit. (See my SDS next to the dress pattern below.) I cut, inserted an invisible zip, basted seams then serged. Voila...instant gratification from 2 yards of fabric! What's not to like?

My "laminated" sloper is on the right. Making the FBA on McCalls's 2401 was
much easier using my sloper for fitting measurements and comparisons.

I will make this pattern over and over again. How basic can you get? Imagine all the possibilities afforded in this one little envelope! I would imagine that I will ultimately "laminate" it with lightweight fusible interfacing like I did on my SDS. With the exception of Burda Style magazine I'm not much of a pattern tracer (boring and a not fun timewaster step in my opinion) so when I have a TNT it gets a lot of wear and tear. The laminating makes it last forever:

I ironed a lightweight fusible interfacing to my finished sloper pattern to add stability.

One change I do intend to make is to this dress is to undo the slit in the back and turn it into a vent. I just think it will take take the "classy" factor up a notch, a necessity since I'm wearing more fabulous jewelry from the Jodie Bell estate! If you don't have this pattern in your stash, get it!


  1. I am a Chronic Repeat Offender when it comes to repeating a pattern.

    Great looking dress.

  2. I actually have that pattern! Glad to know it's a good one. I haven't been much of a dress wearer but I am trying to change that.

  3. Oooooh that looks a great pattern can't wait to see the finished product - 2 thoughts about you laminating your pattern. First I hear you can iron the freezer paper to the back of patterns as it will stick ( haven't tried it myself) but probably cheaper than interfacing - 2nd if you laminate and alter in size at all then more difficult to alter if need be, unless of course, unlike me, you dont change shape much.

  4. Now this is my kind of sewing! *smile* I love that you used your sloper to make this pattern work right out the gate! And you look awesome in the finished dress!

  5. I have had that pattern for ages. Originally purchased with a view to making a LBD. Still not done yet. :> Love your dress.


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