Sunday, July 12, 2015

McCall's 6884 Revisited: Everyday Cotton Jersey Summer Dress


I've nearly worn out several such handmade breezy everyday summer dresses and it's time to re-stock the closet.  I've whipped out several TNT patterns including this one, McCall's 6884, a faux wrap dress with ties around the waist.  I picked up this mid-weight cotton/spandex jersey from one of my favorite online U.S. retail fabric shops with the initials FM.  




Corn, pumpkins, tomatoes, collards, plus weeds a-plenty, oh my!

The last time I made this pattern I used a crazy pink and white hand tie-dyed bamboo rayon knit.  I'm a sucker for colorful, bold prints in the summer... plus I feel like they are flattering, helping to camouflage areas that I may want to cloak some.  I did all the same alterations, used the same size and did all the same stuff essentially.

  
I didn't use their directions at all.  It's a simple, basic knit pattern,  I finished it just over an hour at my serger and sewing machine.  I often can't up and buy a simple cotton dress like this in a store to fit my measurements properly-- smaller bust/bodice and fuller rear/lower hip-- so in the less time then it takes me to trek out to the burbs to some annoying department store, I've made this highly wearable basic.  Good stuff, right?!

I used a scrap of interfacing to stabilize the shoulder seams.  I made bindings for the sleeves and neckline.  I cut strips 2" (5 cm) wide, serged them on before sewing up the side seams... it's so easy this way, no measuring out lengths to fit in the sleeve or neckline holes.  I've sewn up zillions of knit garments and have a pretty good idea of how much to stretch my binding while I feed it into serger as I attach it to my fabric.  Then I top stitched with a long zig zag stitch.  I have greater success eyeballing my bindings like this rather then measuring and estimating what my binding length needs to be prior to sewing it.


The neckline does dip down fairly low, cleavage city if you have any.  If I wear this to work, I'll feel better with a tank top underneath.  I took these pics after a long, hot day at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  I intended to take some ultra cool, super awesome ones there, but I am good at forgetting to take pics while doing vacation-y things often.  Eh, oh well.

 
There you have it.  It's a bread and butter sort of garment I will wear a zillion times over until it fades or a I rip a hole in it by getting caught on something.  I have another breezy summer dress done and will get to that later on the blog.

P.S. And HELLO! Autumn and winter sewing thoughts are creeping into my brain!!!!!! WHAT!?  I've got this juicy camel colored wool with a waterproof backing waiting in a box... I love coat and jacket sewing!!!!!!!!!!  I adore my purple wool Ottobre coat I made last year, it fits like a dream... but I want to make this one super duper warm for dirty cold days and use some seriously good lining in it.  I feel like it's been colder here then it should be in the past few years. Okay, okay... get out of my head winter sewing thoughts!  

P.P.S.  I'll be doing some home dec sewing this month.  My living room is full of beige. Beige curtains, beige sofa, beige rug.  Seriously.  I LERV me some color and I have beige all over that room.  Mostly because we needed everything kitty colored for years (we had a kitty who was white and orange).  



12 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress with lovely colors!

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  2. Great dress, I do think it's very flattering, the print helps, but I think the gathering in the bodice does too. I'm totally with you on sewing something in less time than it would take me to find something I like in the shops, however there's absolutely no way I would have made it in the time that you did! I do the bindings by feel, but I do usually end up ripping something out somewhere which is very time consuming! Yay for high rotations makes!

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  3. Loving florals at the moment. Looks great!

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  4. Nice print choice, ma'am. It's so sweet to knock out something that just clicks, and that surely does.

    As for the winter sewing, pretty much anything that isn't a sleeveless shirtwaist or shell top falls into that category. Seattle has had no rain for months, and very little in the winter, so the part where Faithful Raincoat ripped isn't a big issue. I have a stack of muslin-futures in a tub, waiting for the eventual chill in the air. But try on anything waterproof? No (bleepin') way! Or wool? (runs away laughing and it's only the first half of July)

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  5. This is gorgeous! I love how this pattern hugs all the right places without going overboard. And yeah I was thinking, even with all that hemming on the front--an hour?!? But binding. Yes! Genius! :)

    Super cute. I am also thinking fall...but only because of you blink, it's gone, and I need more cute blazers and dresses ;)

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  6. The binding looks fab! It would take me about 4 hours at least to make that dress so I am impressed with your speed!

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  7. Great dress and amazing garden!! We had such a cold, wet May (over a year's annual precipitation in one month at my house) that my tomatoes still look pretty wimpy.

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  8. Your dress turned out great, very flattering on you. I thought the pink one did too.. Our shapes are similar, how did your learn to make fitting alterations for your shape. I'm just getting back into sewing and had weak skills to begin with.

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  9. This dress looks great on you! I'd like to get one more summer dress made but I'm like you and starting to think about fall sewing.

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  10. Really pretty dress! The fabric is awesome and it looks really comfy!

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  11. I think your dress looks really nice! You deserve to wear it until it falls apart, LOL! I can't believe you are thinking of Fall sewing already! It looks like you have some wonderful plans on the horizon, though...

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  12. So cute on you, perfect fit! Looks much more complicated in that lovely print, great choice of fabric!

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