Looking for a Milk Maid? (McCalls M5050)

My latest sewing project has been McCalls M5050, a peasant-style top. I’ve nearly finished sewing it (just the hem to do) using some eyelet fabric that was my Nan’s. I am guessing the fabric is some sort of polyester blend, cos it was a bit of a slippery customer, and frays a lot, and the sewing machine wanted to suck it into the needle plate every time it hit a hole. So if nothing else, I have learned some patience!!

I was planning to use this as a wearable muslin. When I say wearable, I don’t necessarily mean wearable outside my own house ;-). I think the fit is fine, and I quite like the style. Unfortunately the fabric it is made up in makes me look (thanks to my husband for pointing this out!) somewhat like a milk maid. I think my raised eyebrows convey my mixed feelings:


I do think I will make another version of this, in some slinkier fabric, so definitely not time wasted. But don’t expect to see me wearing this particular version anytime soon – unless I am attending a fancy dress party dressed as a milkmaid perhaps 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Looking for a Milk Maid? (McCalls M5050)

  1. LizAdams says:

    It looks lovely. And I bet you could make that into a dress simply by lengthening the skirt. In a slinkier fabric, that could be very cool.

  2. Julie says:

    I think it looks great! Nothing like a milk maid!

  3. NatashaMay says:

    I really love this style! Looks great on you. 🙂

  4. Ben Naga says:

    IMHO milk maids are cool. You look good in it. It looks good on you. A little flimsy for low temperatures (internal or external) perhaps, but in the warm – just fine. But then I’m probably still stuck in 60s/70s style. 🙂

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