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!
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!
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.
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!
Alright, how about you guys? What have you been working on? Anything exciting? Any fun plans for sewing in the new year? Do tell!
you cannot have a party dress without sparkles.
love this dress! Omg if those are grandma shoes…welll..I better start shopping I guess. Or drive myself to a senior center 🙂 Psst what’s your new career direction? I haven’t been online in forever!
Inspired by all your makes and drive in life!!!!!
2016 will be a year of creativity and plunging into pattern making. I have zero experience, but practice makes perfect!
Hope all your dreams come true this year!!