Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Summer Staples

McCalls 6559
i figured out why i love sewing maxi dresses so much. i've never been able to buy long dresses RTW because they are always obscenely long on me. finally i can make them a custom fit and i don't look like a dwarf (hopefully).


Pattern: McCalls 6559, View D front with E back
Size: 6, graded to 8 at waist
Fabric: tribal stripe ITY jersey from fabric.com


McCalls 6559
i already lowered the armhole by 1" for next time. this dress is a little uncomfortable under the arms. i shortened the front by 9 inches but the back only needed to be taken in 7 inches. i'm not sure if it's because i used 2 different views or if the front and back pieces just don't match. i didn't figure this out until i was pinning the pieces to the fabric and trying to figure out why the stripes didn't line up all the way down.

i used twill tape in the shoulder seams and clear elastic on the neckline and armholes. i zigzagged the clear elastic on the wrong side then turned and stitched with a twin needle. i like the finish but it was kind of a pain to do. i'll try binding next time.
McCalls 6559
i've never had an easier time matching up stripes. i'm going to make another version of this dress shortly. i can see myself making a new dress from this pattern every year. i love it.

8 comments:

  1. wow, that a lovely dress! your garment sewing is always inspirational.

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  2. This is such a great maxi-dress pattern!  and what a fabulous print you have used.  Yes, I'd be making one every summer too!  Great job!

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  3. Great dress - good work matching the pattern too! I have the opposite problem with maxi dresses - they're always slightly too short for my liking, so maybe I should give it a go making one too...

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  4. Awesome! I love this one a lot! Your matched stripes look perfect!

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  5. This really turned out great!  What a gorgeous dress!

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  6. it is so perfect!  love it! 

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  7. Agh! Love it! That fabric is fabulous. This is a good example of just because the RTW may not work for you doesn't mean a handmade version won't either. It's really flattering. I live in my maxis. I'm sure you're doing the same.

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