Monday, June 20, 2016

McCall's 7121: Summer Knit Dress


It's summer!!! And I have a long list of summer dresses to sew.  I've sewn this pattern up before, it's McCall's 7121.  I had good intentions to sew the maxi version and with that inverted V/chevron shape on the bodice, too... but you can't do that when you're cheap and only order 3 yards of most fabrics unless you know exactly what you are sewing when you buy it.  But it ends up super cute still.I made View B with a 16 bust/waist then graded the a-line skirt out to an 18.  I also added 1" (2.5 c) to the bodice length. 

I used a rayon/spandex knit with a 4-way stretch.  I made binding strips and used them on the sleeve and neck openings rather then fold and sew like the pattern wants you... it gives a better finish.  I wanted to top stitch the bindings but my sewing machine was eating this fabric alive... possibly due to the combination of the super stretchy quality of the material and the thickness of the fabric with all the layers (even under my trusted walking foot!!) 


I had some odd bits of fabric left and I was enjoying watching old reruns of The Jeffersons and Family Ties the other night, so I made some fun fabric strips to connect the back.  I didn't use elastic in the waist like the pattern calls for.  

So that's it.  It's a very easy dress to throw together with my serger.  I feel like I need one more photo, so why not this one.  

Elbows.

I have secretly been sewing and not blogging.  Sort of.  I do put pics on my Instagram as I sew, so it's not that secretive.  I'm still in mourning from losing my fancy Nikon camera (it jumped and killed itself) and not wanting to take photos as much with this old point and click I've used for the last few posts.  But  I may get a new one next month!  

11 comments:

  1. Great chevrons!!

    Cheap? I am still buying just one metre of fabrics I like....I need to break that habit and make it more like 2 or 3 metres...but how big would my stash be then?

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    1. I buy one yard only of some fabrics too!! I'm guilty!!

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  2. Love the chevrons. This dress looks great on you.

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  3. It's perfect! And how fun to add the back strips!

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    1. Thanks Nakisha!! I secretly really put them there to make this possibly work friendly, it covers a tattoo most folks don't know I have

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  4. This is sooooo cute! Love the extra bands in the back!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn!! It's a fun little dress... I can always use a few or a zillion these sort of garments for summer!

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  5. GREAT fabric and such a fun dress!

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