5/17/13

Hello All

Hoping Everyone had a Beautiful Mother's Day and also Thanks for checking in on me.  I am doing well and have been checking out what everyone has been up to and mumbling to the computer...  love that, need to get that pattern, could use a piece of fabric like that and how I so need to get in on all the creativity swirling around.
New York weather has been a bit cold... waking up to 49 degree temps which caused me to regress to my suit wearing mode for the past 3 weeks.  Of late the temps have risen and with all the creativity going on I was inspired to make a dress.  So this past weekend, I stopped at Joann's during their McCalls and Vogue sale and purchased a few patterns, one of the patterns I was aiming for was Mccalls 6572, but as usual, it was not available or rather still in a box stored in the back of the store.  However, all was not lost, I came across Mccalls 6744, which was similar to M6752.
Toy featured Mccalls 6752 and love the print she used... simple and perfect, which inspired me and knew I had to have it, but as mentioned it was not to be. I settled for Mccalls 6744, which is similar in that it has the crossover bodice, and elastic waist.  However the skirt is not as fitted, but can be with some tweaking. The pattern has my favorite detail the wrap skirt, so I was a happy camper and pranced out of Joanns.
Mccalls 6744: Pullover dress with bodice variations, elasticized waist.  Versions A & B has a fitted bodice and C & D has a mock wrap, and loose fitting bodice with elasticized shoulders. Reading reviews via Patternreview was helpful and agree that the pattern runs big and definitely recommend going down a size. I purchased the pattern with the sizing starting at a large and had to modify it by removing 3/4" where required. 

Construction:  After making many wrap dresses over the years, I opted for my method, attaching the skirt portions to the respective bodice pieces. The pattern instruction calls for constructing the bodice first, which is just as good, but prefer my method. Once the shoulder seams and side seams were sewn, serged along the front edges, applied 1/4" clear elastic and folded to the inside and final stitched.  Thereafter, proceeded on with placing the front bodice atop the skirt front using steam-a-seam to hold the bodice front and overlay skirt  in place then stitched.  The waist is elasticized and again opted to use my method, used flexi -lace hem tape for the casing and attached using the stretch stitch. Inserted 1/2" elastic and adjusted to my waist circumference. The sleeves & skirt edges were serged and folded to the inside and final stitched.



1st Dress:  An abstract jersey cotton that I purchased from Virgo Fabrics paired with a Covington blazer from Sears. No fuss outfit, throw on, top off with a blazer and out the door.


2nd Take: Printed cotton jersey from Gail K. Fabrics. This time I opted out of using elastic along the shoulders seams preferring the dolman sleeve look and paired with a denim jacket from Target.  Perfect for a causal Friday.


Why Not a 3rd Time:  Another cotton fabric from Virgo Fabrics and paired it with a blazer from Chadwick. My favorite modus operandi... throw on, top off and out the door....lol


Conclusion:  Instant gratification and a simple and perfect dress that works well for the office and can be casualized for the weekend.

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33 comments:

Adelaide B said...

All three of these look great! I love a pattern that lends itself to multiples. I get into a groove and often enjoy making more than one.

SEWN said...

Great dresses! Love the different fabrics.

Faye Lewis said...

WOW, you came back with sewing vengeance! Love your dresses.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Great dresses. Have to add this pattern to my stash!

alethia said...

Not one, three dresses that can be dress down or dress up,love ittttt. My favorite is the one with the orange blazer.

RhondaBuss said...

So VERY happy to see you back!!!! And I bet it feels great to be sewing once again. You've been missed:-)

velosewer said...

Go Sheila! They're all goreous. So glad to see you again.

Sheila said...

Thanks Adelaide and love an easy pattern that provides instant gratification.

Sheila said...

Thanks Elizabeth.

Sheila said...

Thanks Faye, it all started with I need a dress and being that the pattern is so easy, how could I pass up making more than one...lol

Sheila said...

Thanks Rachel, you will love the maxi version.

Sheila said...

Thanks Alethia.

Sheila said...

Thanks Rhonda. It does feel good sewing again.

Sheila said...

Thanks Maria and glad to be back.

Positively Necie said...

Welcome back...Glad to see you have done some sewing. Nothing like some quick and easy pieces to get you going.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love that you have three different versions of the same dress! Each one is very pretty and I like how you've styled them. It's good to see you sewing again. I've missed seeing your creations.

c-ing said...

Glad to see I wasn't the only one who missed you.I like all three of the dresses and you are voguing in each one.

L said...

I've missed your posts and am glad to see that you're back. And what a way to come back: three fabulous dresses!

JE said...

Love all of them! Totally different looks when you add the jackets! ( it's been awhile since I've posted, but I always enjoy seeing your creations!)

~Judy @ heavenlybabies.us

Sheila said...

Thank you Necie, I love quick & easy projects.

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn and it feels good sewing again.

Candice said...

You have three beautiful dress Sheila! It's so great to have you back, yay!

Myra said...

I guess a little hiatus is just what you needed...these dresses are beautiful! I love each one! Welcome back!

Sheila said...

Thanks C-ing.

Sheila said...

Thanks L, you can't go wrong with an easy pattern.

Sheila said...

Thanks Judy, sometimes life gets in the way and that requires taking care of that first.

Sheila said...

Thank you Candice and looking forward to seeing more beautiful garments for your princess.

Sheila said...

Thank you Myra, although I didn't plan it, it appears the little hiatus was needed.

Rosie said...

You were definitely missed. Love the dresses! Did Savannah help? The mojo is back and I hope the redecorating is done.

Sheila said...

Thank you Rosie, I wish I can say redecorating is done, I still need to get countertops.

MAD14kt said...

Well done, Sheila Baby! And I LOVE the one with the orange blazer...FIESTA :)

Brenda said...

Glad to see that you're sewing again. One pattern and three beautiful dresses. You are definitely back! All three are just lovely.

Don't run with scissors said...

I get so much inspiration from everyone’s interpretation of patterns into wearable masterpieces. Never entered my cluttered head to shorten the dress for everyday wear. Love your dresses, keep up the good work.