McCall's 5430_05

McCall's 5430



Worked in some cheap cotton corduroy from Joann fabric in view C. This pattern is really intended for a lighter fabric but as long as seams are trimmed and graded, it seems to be fine. Really, the only part that is questionable is the ties. They are quite bulky in two layers of cord. I don't mind it, but on a different body shape it might add some undesired bulk.



The pattern is ok, there are a few bits that I think could have been more clearly written, but nothing that should prevent even a beginner from getting a cute skirt or two.



I intend to sew the A version in something light and drapy, some day as well.




As a side note, this pattern is considered a 1-hour project and I respectfully call shenanigans on that claim. Yes, it's fast, yes, it's easy, it's absolutely something you could crank out in a single sewing session, but if you actually trim, press and finish seams, baste where indicated, hem as indicated, and hand sew the inside of the facing as indicated in the pattern, then there is no way an average human is going to be done in an hour. Even if I'm a slower than average crafter (and I would guess I'm not) most people are going to need a minimum of 2 hours to properly sew this garment as detailed in the pattern.

  • zenriver 4y

    this looks great on you, and i love the blouse too!

    any tips on sewing with corduroy?
  • Marnie MacLean PRO 4y

    zenriver Thanks! I'm no expert on cords but I didn't find the fabric at all hard to sew. I definitely did a lot more seam clipping/grading to ensure there wasn't too much bulk. I chose a pattern with very simple lines and minimal seams. You wouldn't want anything that needs a lot of drape or has loads of intersecting seams, but otherwise, it's a lot like sewing denim or another thicker fabric. If you like it, I say give it a go. Cutting stuff on grain is easier than with almost any other fabric :D
  • zenriver 4y

    Marnie MacLean thanks :-)
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