Waves of Pink: McCall's 3830 Pattern Review

So this project has been on the table for a while. I mean it has been on the table, moved to the chair, thrown in basket, and moved back to the table. Sad part is the skirt was completed weeks ago. The shirt, the shirt caused all the problems.  

Quick rewind, when I picked this geometric print for the skirt I knew that I would have to make a shirt to match. I ordered this rose color jersey from Mood Fabric with intentions on using it to create a kimono sleeve shirt. Well, that didn't go as planned.   I did draft the pattern, cut the fabric, and sew the pieces together to create a blouse. However, after trying on the shirt I completely hated it.  I will have to go back to the drawing board and redraft the shirt pattern or just buy a kimono sleeve t-shirt pattern. I'm thinking it's going to be the latter.

Nevertheless, I was able to salvage the shirt by turning it into a sleeveless top instead. All I did was use myself drafted t-shirt pattern as my base pattern. The jersey knit was a breeze to sew with and it feels amazing.  I pre-washed the fabric before sewing, washed the shirt again after the it was completed and the stretch retention is excellent.  As for the skirt, it actually came out very well and the details are included in the pattern review below. Enjoy!



McCall's 3830

Pattern Description:

Fitted skirt in five lengths with optional belt loops 

Pattern Sizing:
6-12.  I cut the size 6 view E

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, plus the peplum hem. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were simple. However,  I didn't use the instructions because this is not my first rodeo with a pencil skirt pattern, I pretty much have the steps memorized.  

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The pattern is great. I already have a self drafted pencil skirt pattern but I really wanted to give this one a try because it has so many reviews on patternreview.com. I truly believe this is a great pattern for beginners who are new to sewing skirts and darts .  

Fabric Used:

Geometric Print Ponte Knit from Mood Designer Fabric.  Fabric was easy to sew with and medium weight, which means it is perfect for fall weather.  Mood Fabric sells some of its inventory through Amazon and that is how I always order my fabric from Mood.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took the side seams in slightly by half an inch and I added a peplum hem to the bottom of the skirt instead of finishing the hem as instructed. I used By Hand London circle skirt calculator to draft my peplum hem.  My circumference was the circumference of the hem of my skirt. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Honestly, I probably would not sew it again since I have a self drafted pattern but I would definitely recommend it to others.



My niece tagged along for this week's blog photo session.  She and the wagon were the perfect accessory.