M6886: The “FINALLY!” Dress

Hi there, friends! Hope that you are all well and that you had wonderful Hanukkah and/or Christmas celebrations, if you celebrate!

OK, so it’s been something like 10 weeks since I’ve last posted… oops! I barely even remember how to blog anymore! But it kind of goes with the theme of this dress, which I’ve planned to sew for ages but only just got around to actually making!

M6886| Ginger Makes

Do you like my grandma shoes? I seriously need to up my shoe game!

The pattern is McCall’s M6886, a pull-on knit dress. I first spotted this pattern when Carolyn made a few versions for her daughter. It looked like such a nice, basic shape that I filed away the pattern in my mind and waited for a chance to pick it up when I was near a Jo-Ann’s. I got my hands on a copy nearly a year ago, and I remember at one point suggesting it to Kelli, but then I just couldn’t seem to make the time for one! Then, a few weeks ago, Kelli posted her smokin’ hot version, so when I got invited to Man Friend’s work party, I knew just what to make!

M6886 | Ginger Makes

This pattern is great when you’re pinched for time- shoulder seams, turn and stitch neckline, sleeves, side seams, hem, BOOM! And it’s equally easy to wear. This is the only dress is my closet with long sleeves, so I’ll be adding a few more of these, I think.

M6886 | Ginger Makes

I used a glazed ponte from Mood that I bought a long time ago with the intention of making some sort of cardigan or blazer type thingy. But it works really well for a dress. I was really disappointed with the finished dress at first- the bronze glitter looks so pretty over the black close up, but far away, it just looked gross and shiny, like a garbage bag! I really, really hated the dress and nearly threw it in the trash. After a moment’s contemplation, I decided that the fit was off, so I worked on that a bit and then I was happier with the dress. I’d cut out the size that my measurements fit into, then I took in the sleeves by about an inch, and I took a bit off the side seams. I’m still a little bummed by the weird shine of the dress, but live and learn, right? I should check to see how things look from farther away when I’m still at the fabric store!

M6886 | Ginger Makes

Alright, how about you guys? What have you been working on? Anything exciting? Any fun plans for sewing in the new year? Do tell!

 

77 responses

  1. I used a similar fabric from Mood for a Burda top last year, that I wore for New Year’s in Paris last year. While it doesn’t show up so flashy in photos, I was actually pleased with my results. Especially because I don’t tend to be a “sparkly kinda girl” I think your dress is Fabulous! Happy New Year!!!

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  2. The shine looks really quite cool! Well at least to me it does! You’ve done a good job on the fit too – always good to have a classic simple shape and then tweak it, especially when you want to make the most of your fabric!

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  3. I think the fabric looks really fun! Shiny but not over the top. Throw on a funky necklace maybe, but it definitely doesn’t read garbage bag! Think I need to pick up this pattern after seeing so many great versions!

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  4. It’s an ‘evening wear’, party dress fabric, and you pull it off well with that pattern; great combination of you, dress, fabric. In candlelight and holiday glitter, you’re fab. At work under the fluorescent lighting, no.

    Grandma shoes? Get out of the way, youngster!
    And all the best for the new year!

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  5. I was just reading your blog back today because I missed your face! The fabric looks very cool to me, a nice green/bronze shimmer. Perfect comfy party dress!

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    • Heeheehee, it’s good to be back! I spent a few hours today reading blog posts I’d missed and it was so fun to see what everyone’s been up to lately! Hope you’re enjoying your holidays!

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  6. Lovely version of this dress pattern. I have made two versions and I like how you use a fabric with subtle bling to make yours. Great job.

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  7. “Glazed Ponte” sounds so luscious, though! It’s not shiny in a bad way at all. I’ve been sewing a lot of really simple knit lately and I’m totally hooked. I love how even the simplest dresses can be made fancy with the right fabric and grandma shoes πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Love it!

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    • Mmm… glazed ponte… sounds doughnut-y! πŸ˜€ Now I’m hungry! Knits are so satisfying when you want to make something easy, aren’t they? I made a few knit garments as holiday gifts and was so pleased with how quickly they came together!

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  8. I think it was the perfect fabric for a holiday party dress! You look appropriately dressed for the event. However, you should pick some fun fabrics that are more you for your next versions. And you should def make it again. I have a few more versions for my daughter to make before the seasons change.

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  9. OOOh, I like it. A bit of glitter and shine is good for this time of year I think.It looks like a great basic knit pattern, lovely on you.Currently I am not sewing,just fending off small children. BUt my next planned make is a red riding hood cape for RG’s forthcoming birthday. Got red corduroy, spotty lining just need time to sew now! xx

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  10. Yay you’re back! Been missing you around these parts. πŸ™‚

    That fabric looks awesome! Not garbage-bag like at all. Sleek and shiny and sophisticated – perfect for a party πŸ™‚

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  11. So glad you saved this dress because it looks awesome on you! I love the shiny material. Not garbage bag at all!!! I am excited to start planning for the new year. I want to make some swimmers this year and a winter coat would be nice. Also I want to try out making a decent shirt like an archer. Let’s see how that all goes!

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  12. That is definitely the right fabric for a party dress especially around new year’s and the cut of the dress is perfect for it not to short not to tight just right … and it looks really good on you!

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  13. Very pretty dress and that fabric is perfect for the season! I feel the same about blogging, need to organize another theme-sewalong to get the blogging-mojo back!

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  14. Well, I won’t lie. It’s comforting to see I’m not the only one who just disappeared from Bloglandia for a while and was all, ‘whoa how did that happen’! Love this dress Sonja, gorgeous fabric, simple and well fitting cut, you look super svelte…

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