Monday, May 20, 2013

Easy, Breezy Summer Dress: McCall's 6744


Easy wearing summer clothes... that's whats on my sewing checklist.  Nothing fussy, please.  It's starting to get hotter and it's humid today.  Soon it will be a constant 90F (33C) and up for months here in the fine city of Baltimore.  McCall's 6744 was exactly what I needed.  I made View A but with a racerback to shake things up.  I made a medium (size 12-14) and graded to about almost a 16 at the hip.      


I paid $2 for a few yards of this 100% cotton jersey fabric at a thrift store last fall.  It was waiting to be a swingy, simple little summer number, eh?!


I think I like the dresses belted better.  The red one makes it I do think myself.  This was such an easy pattern to sew up, a beginner would love it and someone with experience can enjoy some instant gratification.


The waist of the dress is a basic elastic and it just slides over my head.  I added 1.5" (3.8cm) to the length of the bodice.  I've found McCall's bodices a bit short for me (I'm 5'8"/173cm.) 


My hem, neckline and arm openings are freakishly perfect and flat.  My latest experiment with sewing knits: using a product called Pellon Easy-Knit Tape.  It's marketed for quilters but if you flip to the back and read the directions, it says it's good for stabilizing curved necklines, shoulder seams, etc.  In the U.S. we just don't have Vilene Bias Tape readily available so I've been experimenting.  I made my own bias tape but that was time consuming.  This stuff is 1.5" wide so I cut it in half, fused it to the raw edges with an iron where I needed it.  The package doesn't clarify what heat setting to use-- I used a medium setting with no steam to apply it.  Then when I did a final press of the dress I used a hot setting with steam meant for cotton.  it worked out splendidly. 

My neckline is perfect and my hemline is, too.  Not a ripple, bump or imperfection.  I didn't use a twin needle, I need to replace it since it seems to be getting dull.  A single straight, longer finishing stitch does the job.


 Now time for more easy, breezy summer things.  I have some fun vintage 70s patterns I want to try next.  Also, I entered this polka dot dress in the Natural Fibers Contest on PatternReview.  Why not?!

13 comments:

  1. What a cute dress! Looks like a great pattern - I put it on my list. Love the tip about the tape too. Will definitely look for that!

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  2. Love it! So simple and easy.

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  3. polka dots seem to be everywhere this summer!!!I like especially the top back!Very nice dress!Here in Greece is already 33°C....!!!:)

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  4. Polka dots and blue, two of my favorite things! It looks like such a comfortable summer dress. This is the kind of stuff I like to live in over the summer, too. It just gets so humid here. Blech!

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  5. Super cute! This is going to be perfect for summer. the only problem with this dress is that you are going to need one in every color. and i might too!

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  6. Thanks! It's such a nice easy one to make.

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  7. Thanks, Kelly! Simple and easy... my kinda sewing right now.

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  8. Thanks! I totally didn't project a polka dot trend when I bought this at the thrift store, I just loved the fun pattern. I'm usually not terribly trendy so this is a change :)

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  9. I looove polka dots, too! I think you need to cash in on an easy dress like this, too.

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  10. Thanks!! I know, I think I want to make a series of these. When I bought clothes exclusively at the store I would buy the same thing in a few colors and wear them to death. This is my version of jeans and t-shirt... I don't do jeans a lot because of fit issues. Yeah, you need to try this one, I'm sure of it, I think you'll like it.

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  11. Love the tip about the tape. Any chance you will post a short tute about how you used it?

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  12. This is so adorable. I need to get this pattern ASAP!

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  13. Merci beaucoup for the info on the tape. I am going to get this at my next trip to JA. Love the dress too!

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