Back in the fall I bought McCall’s 6388 to make a tunic/dress for Tabby. I picked out a very soft plaid flannel for the fabric and envisioned her wearing it all winter. Well….it took me a while to get around to making this, but I finally did and given how cold it is she’ll probably still get a fair amount of wear out of it. (and it’s a tad long so I’m really hoping she’ll be able to wear it next year too.)
I did a crap job with the buttonholes because I’m somehow incapable of using the automatic buttonhole maker on my machine. However, you don’t even notice because the buttons are so lovely. I bought them a long time ago knowing I’d eventually put them on a girl’s garment, and this was just the right usage for them.
What I really like about this pattern is the fancy two part sleeves (and the extra half length ruffle.) A pretty normal top of the sleeve, followed by a poofy gathered lower half, ending in a bound wrist. The motto of this garment’s construction was “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” I repeated this to myself after I sewed the yoke on backwards and contemplated just making it work because I’d already trimmed the seam down and sewed not one, but two, lines of stitching on each side. I did unpick the whole thing and sew it on properly and I’m glad I did. Likewise, when I did the sleeve cuff I hand stitched the binding on the inside.
The inside is filled with quite a few threads and I think I need to trim down the seams a bit more and snip some of my many threads, but from the outside it looks good. Plus she reports that it is soft and cozy.