Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Green Dress: McCalls's 6744 (Yes... again)

 
I don't really do t-shirts and jeans/shorts much, I do casual one piece dresses.  They are more comfortable and breezy for hot days... and when they are this basic & easy and sewn with pretty inexpensive material I don't have to worry about my two year old spilling finger paints all over me.  This is my third time making McCall's 6744 (technically fourth but I made a terrible fabric choice for one of them with a cheap-y polyester that came from a FabricMart bundle.  It happens, you move on.)  Here is version one and here  it version two.


I wore my striped version of this dress the other day and got to worrying about the front flying open in the wind.  This go round I made a full skirt front and layered it with a partial panel for the faux wrap look.


I love the shoulders.  This dress has such a 1970s vibe.  I was watching the Brady Bunch over the weekend and thought to myself  "Sassy clothes, Brady ladies! I'd wear that if it weren't itchy polyester and the ugliest shade of puke green and orange!" 


The fabric is a modal (rayon) knit with spandex making this another dress that feel like pajamas.  The hems are all left raw.  To stabilize the edges of the neckline and the edge of the faux wrap I used Easy-Knit tape.  This stuff says it's supposed to work on curved necklines since it's cut on a bias-- I found the deeper the curve, the more difficult it is to get the Easy-Knit tape to go flat; the bias cut on this tape doesn't create loads of flexibility that I want.  However, it works great on straighter edges.


If I make this dress again I think I will just go ahead and re-name my blog Kathy Sews McCall's 6744.  

12 comments:

  1. I love this version as well! Oh, I really need to make mine!

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  2. Thanks, Laura! Yes, make one... I LOVE seeing what other folks do with the same pattern!

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  3. Ooh, nice! That's a lovely shade of green!

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  4. I have a pink and blue stripe jersey that needs to be used. I might even have enough for the maxi length...

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  5. I love how this green looks on you. Very flattering. I think if you like this pattern you should keep on sewing do not care what anybody thinks. I think you rock on this dress.

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  6. This looks great, Kathy! I'm going to have to stop reading your blog, though, until I get myself all moved into my new place and get my sewing machines set up. The knit dress jealously that I am experiencing right now is practically killing me!! Just kidding... hopefully your awesome dresses will inspire me to get my booty in gear and get my sewing room set up first. PRIORITIES!!

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  7. Haaa! Thanks Megan! Don't worry, I've been blogging much less (maybe once ever week and half as opposed to to 3 times a week before!) because I've been reading more and doing more outdoor stuff with the nice weather. So I won't ruin everything for you with all my awesomeness :)

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  8. Another great summer dress! That green is a lovely shade, and the fabric looks really soft. I live in dresses most of the summer, too. I like to have airflow during the hot and humid summers. Haha!

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  9. Lovely color on you! With the tape, do you just fold over the fabric and iron, or do you sew it in? Your neckline looks great, I'm just wondering how you did it :)

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  10. Thanks! Dresses just make sense for me in the summer, no annoying pants, thanks!

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  11. Thanks!!


    The tape: it's pretty wide so I have been cutting it in half and even in thirds. On the wrong side of the fabric I press it in place (I use a medium setting without steam but have gone a bit warmer for experimenting sake, but I bet too hot will melt the tape ... and ruin the fabric I have here.) I line the tape up about 1/8" or so just inside the raw edge. Then fold over and sew. I usually like a twin needle finish but I need to replace my it... but this regular single needle edge has been just fine.


    To stabilize a plain, straight shoulder seam (this dress has elastic in the shoulder so I didn't need it here)... I press tape along the front bodice shoulder seam. I use 1/2 the side of the tape, then serge/sew the seam. I use it like one would use Vilene bias tape that Burda loves to tell us to use.

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  12. I used a serger and a regular sewing machine. I used the serger on the side seams of the dress and a sewing machine where the elastic/gathers are because a serger would create extra bulk... yoo really don't need a serger especially when your fabric doesn't unravel like mine. Have fun, this dress is so easy to wear and sew!

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