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.

Sku# S1095 

Caramel Silk Matka


100% Silk


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.

Construction Details

Roll Line




Additional Views
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.

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