Tuesday, October 18, 2011

McCalls 6395 - Part I

This is another pattern that I've wanted to make since it appeared in the fall catalogue.  However, you know those patterns show up at the middle of summer...usually during a heatwave...so you have to wait until the weather is chillier to even think about making them.  Well it's chilly and I'm seriously thinking fall gear!  So instead of pulling my altered pattern pieces for my SF Inspired Dress out of the folder, I pulled new pattern pieces out of the pattern envelope instead.

I think this pattern is skewed to the younger sewist but I saw a dress that I could corporatize by making a few changes:


- I mixed two views ~ using the upper half of view B and the skirt portion of view C.


- I'm adding faux leather accents to the dress.


- I omitted the foldover neckline, because even though the illustrations show it as close fitting, there is no way that it could be since it has a boat neckline.  


- I omitted the exposed zippers.  This is a very cool and trendy effect but I'm already adding faux leather accents to the dress so one trend per dress is enough for me.


- I omitted the facings since I decided to line the dress and I'm binding the neckline with the faux leather.


Pattern Alterations:
- added 2" at the lengthen/shorten line to both the front and back bodice pieces.  The unaltered pieces hit me in a very unflattering place on my body, lengthening them took them down a bit and will give the dress a better line.


- added 2" to the hemline of the skirt pieces ~ both front and back.  As pictured above this skirt is short...to short for my chubby knees so adding length was necessary.


- I did a pivot and slide on the front bodice piece to add some room to my abdomen area.  This amounted to 2" at the bottom of the bodice piece.  So I added 2" to the front skirt piece also. 


- I added 1" to the back seam area of the bodice piece and the same 1" to the back skirt piece.


A pleasant surprise was that I did NOT have to make an alteration to the sleeve biceps.  They were more than wide enough - Yeah McCalls!


I've already started to construct the dress but got interrupted by my Vogue 1250 LBD.  Hopefully, I will finish this up next weekend.


...as always, more later!



20 comments:

  1. Oooooh! Can't wait to see how this one unfolds.

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  2. That pattern has some gorgeous details. I look forward to seeing yours, with the faux leather. :)

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  3. I like this dress. It seems that it would work for lots of figure types.

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  4. Great looking pattern and I really like the sound of the faux leather accents. Looking forward to seeing another fabulous dress very soon ......!

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  5. Loving the details...it will be another winner!

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  6. Looking forward to your version. I purchased that pattern with the hopes of incorporating faux leather too.

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  7. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  8. This is going to be another fantastic dress by you. Can't wait to see all the faux leather - although, I thought the pockets and exposed zippers would have 'got' you. g

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  9. I have this pattern as well, but haven't started it because I've been having second thoughts about how it will look on my, ahem, ample curves. Can't wait to see your version and hear about any advice you have on using the pattern.

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  10. You could also leave them "as is" and let them be tunics and make some kick @$$ pants to go with them

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  11. I am looking forward to seeing the completed dress. It sounds as if it will be great.

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  12. It sounds like you are designing another fabulous dress. I look forward to seeing the finished dress.

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  13. "...one trend per dress is enough" - good advice!

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  14. I love this dress, so cute! I hadn't even notice this one. I'm picking this up today since they're on sale. I can't wait to see your version.

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  15. I'm looking forward to your design on this one! I just made one for myself, and it came out very cute! This is a great little dress pattern.

    luz clara

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  16. I just searched PatternReview for a write up on this as I am planning to begin it this week. I didn't find one, so I googled the pattern number and here it is on your blog! I too purchased the pattern back during heat wave season and have been waiting for cooler weather to be inspired to sew it. I plan to sew view c and wear it with leggings or tights. I anticipate seeing the completion of your dress as I know it will inspire me.

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  17. I should have said - I made the view that is sleeveless w/a little cap sleeve. The arm hole is low, and I am going to need to wear a tank top underneath!

    Still a really cute dress!

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  18. Oh! I can't wait to see this one. I originally passed on the pattern thinking "too young for me" but changed my mind realizing I could just do some modificaitons. I never thought of faux leather trim! Love that idea.

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  19. "one trend per dress is enough for me". I agree, but for some reason this line really made me laugh! Thanks for the giggle.

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