I've been sewing intermittently now that warmer weather is here. The business of minor home repairs, visiting the motherland for a few days (the great state of New York!) and reading a pile of books has taken my attention away from my usual crafty endeavors (in the past three weeks I've read the Call the Midwife trilogy, a non-fiction memoir of a midwife in 1950's London... fascinating!.. after having watched the TV adaptation on Netflix and PBS... and when I needed a break from some of the more intense chapters I read Eat & Run, an account of an vegan ultra-marathoner... I don't think I'll be ultra-marathoning anytime soon... or ever for that matter. Now I'm onto Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.)
I've come back to McCall's 6744 for good reason. I made a knee-length version of View B a couple weeks back and I love it, so comfy and very easy to wash and wear in these warmer days. Now I'm onto View C in an soft modal spandex knit (it's a slinky, very stretchy rayon.) I sized down to a small and graded to a medium at the hip because the fabric is so stretchy and the pattern is fairly large. My last version I made a medium and graded to a large at the hip with a 100% cotton jersey.
This is a faux-wrap slip-on dress with an elastic waist. The shoulder detail is simply elastic shirring applied the same way you make the elastic waistline. I left the hem on the sleeves and skirt raw because this fabric doesn't ever unravel.
Of course I had to try a colorful belt. The stripes are a pretty coral, the belt a bright red. I bought a handful of these inexpensive, narrow belts online last year in a myriad of colors. I wear them all the time!
I made sure to get my stripes all lined up the best I could. The bodice didn't line up exactly as planned but hey, no one will ever give a crap except me when I'm wearing it.
I may have to make this dress again in another color. It is so easy to make. Nothing couture here, ladies, just a fun, lightweight summer dress to sweat the 95F days away while eating homemade popsicles on the front porch.