I used McCall's 6884 for this mock wrap dress. I really, really love the look and feel of a classic wrap dress on me... it can be super fancy or quite casual like this one. I cut a size 14 and graded to an 18 for the hip-- I made the skirt slightly more a-line to work better with my figure, the pattern is a straight skirt. It's essentially View A but with View B's skirt. I added 1.5" (3.8 cm) to the bodice length. I also lowered the ties about 2" (5 cm)... they were really high up, like right under the bustline... I read a few reviews of this pattern on PatternReview.com that said the same thing.
This dress is stupid easy to sew. They should label it that... "Stupid Easy". I didn't follow their recommended directions. They want me to SET in the sleeves? Uh... no way. It's much easier to attach the sleeves to their spots rights before I sew up the side seams... that way I have one quick zip up the side with the serger and the dress is done.
This house I took photos in is at one of our favorite parks here, Cylburn Arboretum. It was built in the 1910's and has these sprawling, amazing gardens... I feel like I should have been wearing something Downton Abbey-esque to fit in better. Now that's a juicy staircase and wood floor!!
My rayon knit fabric is so stretchy (about 80%!) and needs to be stabilized on the shoulders and neckline. I used my favorite iron on bias tape, Pellon Easy Knit Tape. I ironed it along the entire neckline as well as the shoulder seams prior to sewing them together. I usually cut the bias tape in half (I did for the back neckline still before I decided otherwise) but wanted to try using the whole width of the tape for the neckline/bodice edge. I only needed half the width for the shoulders. I then serged the edges to help keep the tape in place wash after wash.
I then folded and ironed the seam over. I top stitched it with a single, long stitch. I usually use a twin needle to top stitch knits. What?? No twin needle?! The function of a twin needle is to create a stretchy and flexible lines of stitches-- here my seam is NOT meant to be stretched, the bias tape makes it un-stretchy and perfectly stabilized. I could have used a twin needle for the look of it, but who wants to set up another spool of thread if you don't really have to?!
Now my seams are happy and stable. I don't think the pattern even recommends anything for the seams like this. On the other hand, the pattern is meant for a "stable knit", i.e. a ponte or double knit with little stretch... mine is VERY stretchy. You still would need something to stabilize your seams on even stable knits, not sure why McCall's skips this. You could even use that clear plastic elastic if you're in a pinch, but I HATE that stuff personally. It sews up well and looks decent on the outside of a garment but it's soooooo uncomfortable against the skin.
I left my sleeve and skirt hems raw. From my experience, this fabric never frays or unravels at all. And I think I permanently broke my camera just seconds after taking this last photo. It crashed down on the pavement... for the fourth time in two months. Poor camera.