Pattern Review McCalls5817, View A
or my ode to the “Safari Trend”
This pattern is out of print but still available on the McCalls website here.
Caramel Silk Matka
Prewash: None-I will dry clean this.
Notions: Rayon Lining-Bark, Gutermann thread #520, Bosal-Sheer Fusible Tricot, Twill Tape, Buttons: Toasted Bagel
Alterations: I did my usual FBA.
The pattern is well drafted with an upper collar and and a proper under collar that is cut on the bias and slightly smaller than the upper collar. I did have to establish the roll line for the lapel and collar. I also added an 1/8″ to the lapel so it would properly roll to the wrong side.
Skirt review is here.
With brown eyelet dress reviewed here.
Conclusion: The pattern drafting is very good and could have rated excellent if McCalls had included the roll line. This safari look has been a fashion trend for a few seasons but it never really goes away. I think this pattern is a classic nod to the trend. This would also look great in the Navy Stretch Sateen or Black Foliage.