We started with McCalls 6886 because it's a simple knit dress with two pieces - one for the front and one for the back. She wanted the sleeveless version for its versatility. You know add a cardigan or shirt over it, or a turtleneck, or a button down with a belt and the dress is a hardworking garment.
First I tissue fit the pattern pieces to her. A process that she was unaware of...how is that possible when she took sewing classes in high school? Anyway, I made a few changes to the pattern.
- For the back pattern piece I made a petite adjustment by folding out 2" inches.
- I used a size 14 for the shoulders, neckline and bustline area and a 16 in the waist and hips.
Pinned the cut off piece to the pattern piece
Pattern Piece after it's been adjusted
and new cutting line added
- Then the dress was serged together.
- I used stay tape at the shoulder seams for stability.
- The neckline and armholes were turned under and stitched flat.
- Stitch witchery was used in the hemline.
Subsequent versions of the dress took about 70 minutes (yes I timed it!) to make and only one yard of fabric...a perfect sew. I made five of these in one day. Three (Two from the black ponte & a black 'n white herringbone ITY) she took home and the rest she'll pick up later this week.
These two are also from a ponte from Fabric Mart
We used both sides of the fabric for two new dresses
Now I'm scouring the fabric collection to see if I can come up with five more. Two weeks worth of dresses that can be dressed up, down and around will make getting dressed in the morning so easy...especially since she's got three little kids to wake up and get ready too!
I think I have another couple of weeks of unselfish sewing going on. I bought a pair of leggings for Miss Lena this weekend and I want to compare them to McCalls 6457 (sorry it's out of print) to make up some leggings for her along with a few tops.
Then I'm finally going to get back to those Deer & Doe t-shirts for my co-workers! So there's going to be a lot of sewing going on during the next couple of weeks, just not much for me.
However, I am making up my fall/winter sewing list and I can tell you that there isn't much quick and easy on it. I have a lot of clothing now so I feel like I can take my time and really enjoy the sewing journey. Though I have to tell you it was awesome turning out five dresses in one day!!!
...as always more later!