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Passing on the legacy of sewing....

I had a great day today!!! I spent half the day teaching a friend to sew her first skirt. She picked up a pattern and some muslin yesterday at lunch. I was impressed by uninhibited she was as she looked for her first pattern. She didn't focus on what she might be able to make; she simply chose what she wanted to wear!! The pattern was McCall 5817. I was committed to helping her get through whatever first project she chose. It was amazing to watch her enthusiasm as she learned to prepare the pattern, make basic alterations and cut out her first pattern pieces. She even sewed her first straight and curved seams with ease! I'm so excited for her.... We made it as far as completing her basic skirt test garment w/two kick pleats (except for the waistband). Within 15 minutes of leaving my house, she called back to thank me again for getting her started. She also mentioned that I shouldn't be surprised if she has a new sewing machine by tomorrow. I really enjoyed watching the budding seamstress find her sewing rhythm. Whoo hoo!!!


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Pattern description: Close-fitting, pullover tops have draped front neckline variation, narrow hem on back neckline, and stitched hems.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
There were easy to follow and it was another quick to make top.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
This is my favorite neckline.  I was a huge fan of cowl necks back in the 70s...hahahaah!

Fabric Used: One version is jersey. The other iteration is an ITY knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
I didn't make any alterations

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes...definitely! I think it's a great staple for wear with suits or separates. Additionally, I think the ITY wears better. The jersey hangs great at the neckline, but was disagreeable at the midsection. The ITY, however, drapes smoothly and looks great.

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