Really, I don't know much about Hillary Duff. I know she's an actress and a singer, but I can't name a movie she's been in or sing one of her tunes. I also know that McCalls slapped her name and picture on some of their sewing patterns. And one of them appealed to me enough to make it.
I actually did finish this dress in time to wear last Saturday night, but it was one of those finished-at-the-last-second, Project Runway kind of moments where I sewed the last seam and barely had time to throw a few things in my clutch before bolting out the door. So my pics and review are coming a little late.
Chain print silk jersey from Michael Levine in LA. It's apparently a popular print that several designers have been using (like Halé Bob and Fluet)
Notes on pattern construction/alterations
Can I take a moment to rant about McCalls/Big 4 sizing?
So here's the deal. My body measurements (34", 27", 37") put me between McCalls sizes 12 and 14.
I looked at the finished garment measurements that are printed on the back of the envelope. The size 12 finished bust is 37.5". That's 3.5" of ease in a knit dress that appears to be fitted in the model photo. Why? Wouldn't you even want negative ease in a fitted knit garment?
The finished measurements for size 6 are stated to be 34" at bust, 40" at hip, so I made the size 6 (after testing this with a muslin, mind you). I am so not a size 6 according to their body measurement chart. But the dress fits like I want it to, and the way it looks on the envelope model.
I must have been influenced by the hot weather last weekend because I decided to omit the sleeves. I made my muslin sans sleeves and I liked the way that it looked.
I applied a 1.5" strip of fusible tricot interfacing at the hem, turned it up 1.25", and hemmed the dress with a twin needle.
This is a fun dress that I'll get a lot of wear out of this summer. I don't know if I'll make it again, it's got the empire seam/babydoll look that is becoming (has become?) old. Fortunately it's not so noticeable with the print.