Monday, November 23, 2020

A Pastel Hued Aviary

This pattern (McCalls 7974) was extremely popular this year.  I knew I liked the design as soon as it was released, and I decided that the pattern would jump the line on all of the other projects I have queued up in my mind.  I started working on this in March, and finished it in just a few days.

But first I had to find the perfect fabric.  I am not a huge fan of yellow, because it often makes me look rather sickly.  But a pale yellow works with my pasty skin, and I couldn't resist the bird print.

It was a stretch, but I managed to fit all of the pieces on my limited yardage, excluding the facings (which were made from solid colored cotton scraps I stashed away from some old project).

It may have taken me until October, but I finally managed to get photos of the dress while it was warm enough outside to wear such a garment.

Because I was determined to post at least a few projects on this blog that were started and finished in this calendar year!

As for all the hype, I will say that this pattern lives up to its reputation.

I found the construction a bit odd, but I went ahead and stitched this together as the instructions suggested.  It made me slow down and think instead of ploughing ahead, which is good every once in a while.  One change I would make is that keyhole opening on the sleeve tie.  It's just too fiddly and doesn't lay totally flat.

Working with the print inspired me to pull out a long forgotten project and finally finish it since I thought the two pieces would make a nice pairing.

Which means this project was a definite success.

And yes, I will probably make another version of this dress someday.  Just not until the weather turns warm again.  (It is currently rather chilly for this California based weather wimp and I am trying to acclimate to the cold, so I am thinking of wool fabric, long sleeves, and sweaters!)

Dress:  Made by me, McCalls 7974
Shoes:  Nine West


  1. Your fabric choice is so much prettier than the limp blue fabric shown on the pattern photo. And who would guess your cartoon and this lovely yellow are the same pattern? Both are great!

  2. That bench is going to end up in the Smithsonian.

  3. Monísimo y el corte es perfecto y tus zapatos me han gustado mucho.
    Disfrútalo y BESICOS.