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Secretary's delight

Added Jul 24, 2008

by jennifereliz...

Melbourne, Austr...






I just love a neat little frock and this McCall’s pattern is just perfect. The neckline is a lovely deep curve with four tucks gently shaping from the neck into the bodice. The fit is slim through the waist with a real 50’s feel. Tucks from the waistline give a bit of volume without adding bulk and the addition of side pockets make this a 10 out of 10 for me.
I made it up in a checked wool initially and though the results were great this was extremely painful. I had to change the tuck positions and generally fiddle for weeks before all the checks matched. The gray version here is in a plain stretch fabric and literally took about a quarter of the time to make. The lessons we learn……

Material Notes

Gray cotton Lycra stretch fabric, 22" zipper, fusible interfacing, hook and eye





McCalls, Spotlight

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    Mar 15, 2010, 01.41 AMby kevans79

    I love everything about this. You did a great job!

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    Jan 20, 2009, 05.48 PMby emilykate

    Very “Mad Men”. Could so see Joan Holloway rock this.

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    Jul 26, 2008, 03.49 PMby jenniferelizabeth

    Hiya Ink – it’s M5466 :o)

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    Jul 26, 2008, 10.46 AMby ink

    CAN you PPPPPPLEASE tell us the pattern number!!!!!!!!!!


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    Jul 26, 2008, 05.48 AMby carlatv

    LOVE IT! So worth the effort you have put into it. Your workman ship shows. You have a great sense of style.

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    Jul 25, 2008, 07.49 PMby risingstar

    what is the McCall’s pattern number? I’d LOVE to make me one! beautiful job!

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    Jul 25, 2008, 01.01 AMby lybu

    Beautiful neckline. It looks very chic.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 10.46 AMby adgentry

    This is really beautiful! I made this pattern, too…mine turned out way too big in the back and waist. I used a plaid – I totally sympathize with you on the matching! But – it’s a vision thing sometimes with the fabrics we choose.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 10.04 AMby olyaboieru

    The mild tucks always look very gentle and feminine. I adore this style! And these cute little sleeves. Everything looks very nice to me :)

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    Jul 24, 2008, 08.57 AMby whimsykid

    Very, very classy. I’m a sucker for 50s style dresses and this is very elegant. :)

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    Jul 24, 2008, 06.57 AMby anajan

    The neckline is such an eye catcher! I’ll have to try to make it sometimes.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 06.19 AMby joqueenbee

    Veeeeeeery nice, very nice indeed. I’d love a dress like that.

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    Jul 24, 2008, 04.51 AMby carottesauvage

    superb! beautiful neckline!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 04.48 AMby maldrich

    I love this dress in the color you choose. Great job!

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    Jul 24, 2008, 04.29 AMby senasews

    what a great dress. i absolutely love the tucked neckline.

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