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Thursday, July 10, 2014

McCall's 6319 Dress

While I had my serger threaded up with black (it takes no time at all to rethread so I don't know why I do this, as good a way as any of deciding what to make next I suppose!) I thought I would tackle the border print jersey that was still hanging around from my last fabric shopping trip.  I love wearing simple knit dresses in the super hot weather we have right now, when I met up with Maria we were both wearing essentially long t shirts with elastic at the waist.  Simple easy sewing and brainless dressing, can't beat it.



I used McCalls 6319, a basic dress with a bit of asymmetry that I have made before here.  That version, whilst a gorgeous colour was not good quality fabric, it became flimsy, pilled like crazy and has had to go.  I made view A again (and again without the shoulder zipper) except I had to change the skirt portion from a bias pleated piece to a straight rectangle to accommodate my border print.



I did try to get clever here and originally cut the front skirt wider, added in some pleats and stitched it all up.  After a day of wearing it I realised it just wasn't going to work, unpicked it (no fun!) and removed all the excess fabric.  The proportion of my extra pleats was just wrong and the weight of them pulled the hem down on one side.  Also the skirt was a bit long so I shortened it from the top to keep the border intact.  All that would be much more interesting if I had some befores and afters to show you, but I don't, sorry!  Anyway here's the after, I'm glad to have this in my summer wardrobe, hopefully this one has a longer lifespan than its predecessor!



I wore it out to a casual dinner last Friday and found a couple of black and white backdrops on the way.



Next up, another black and white dress that I have just finished and then I am diving into my pile of activewear fabrics.

23 comments:

Vicki said...

super cute, for a simple knit dress!

velosewer said...

This dress style is certainly the best to wear and still look amazing. You look amazing and chic. Love this look and your locations too.

Sassy T said...

Lovely dress, great print. http://goo.gl/lYYvxO

Linda said...

Lovely dress using the border print. I just realized I have this pattern and may have to give it a try!

Kristy Chan said...

I love this dress in this fabric, the solid shows the pleat details but you can't beat a border print!

Janine said...

The simple pattern showcases your gorgeous dress . The side waist pleats would have been lost in the print and elastic waist anyway but what an annoying pain to unpick all that work.

Dilliander said...

The border print works so beautifully in this style and the asymmetric pleats are great too. It looks lovely on you!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

You chose the perfect print for this dress! It's lovely!!!

Nakisha said...

Oh my gosh this is gorgeous on you!!!!!! I love that fabric and the fit is perfection!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

so pretty and that pattern is a great basic (which I overlooked). I keep searching for some high quality border knits but so far nothging has caught my eye. also are those panda purses in the shop window behind you? cute.

Candice said...

Fabulous! I love your use of the border print..

T. Sedai said...

I love it! The print is fabulous!

Dorothy DotDot said...

Your border print fabric is so pretty and the dress looks stunning on you.

Clio said...

Tres Chic!

Amanda S. said...

This looks great!

Marie said...

It looks fantastic. That is one pattern that I would probably overlook but it looks great made up.

Sharon said...

Fantastic dress, it looks so smart!

Griseta said...

Very nice dress. I like everything you sew. Greetings from Greece.

Tia Dia said...

Fabulous use of that border print. What a great dress!

Sheila said...

Love your dress the border print is perfect for that dress.

Kennis said...

Very cute dress. I love the border and the black/red combo.

Gail said...

The fabric is the hero of this dress. I love border prints and they are so hard to find in Australia.

Pam said...

Great dress! It may have been simple but it looks fabulous!