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?!