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.