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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

McCalls 6319 Dress Times Two

Another repeat of a favourite pattern.  I have a trip to Australia coming up to see friends and family and I wanted to make some new things for it.  Although it looks like it is going to be warmer in Hong Kong than Aus so I might get more wear out of the cardigan from my last post than these dresses - oh well at least I am getting a head start for summer!



I've made this dress twice before so there isn't a lot more to say.  It is an easy pattern and again I made view A (the white one on the pattern envelope) even easier by leaving off the shoulder zipper and not lining the bodice.  I like the zip detail, I can just never find a nice one in the right length, but even if I added it I don't think I would make it functional, this dress goes on over the head easily.

My last version used a border print so I had to modify the skirt to keep a straight hem, but for these versions I went with the original pattern.  These are size 12, with 3cm length added to the bodice at the shorten/lengthen lines marked on the pattern as it seems a bit short otherwise to get the blousing effect shown.

This version is in a snakeprint jersey which I found at the street market in Sham Shui Po.  It has an ombre effect from pale grey at the top through beige and into a darker brown that is a bit difficult to see in the dressform photos.




This second version is in a very loud swirly print that a friend got me from the fabric market in Shanghai. The fabric is on the thin side so I lined the skirt in a very lightweight sheer knit, it's just enough to make sure the skirt isn't see through (I think and hope!).  I had a go at keeping the pattern broadly matched across the waist seam, more successfully in the back than the front.





I already know that these will get worn a lot, the style and prints make these two really versatile and easy to dress up or down.  This is a knit dress that can easily be made in a few hours, I really recommend it and I'm sure these won't be my last.


25 comments:

kerrilouise said...

They look fab - and so easy to pack and wear.

I've got a RTW dress that's the same kind and was thinking of looking for a similar pattern. The pattern looks very similar so am going to order it today.

Thanks so much. Hope you have a wonderful time in Australia...

velosewer said...

Both dresses will be great for our weather at the moment. I'm thrilled you're visiting!!!

Woo hoo.

sewbusylizzy.com said...

I love these - and I especially love the vivid coloured swirls. Gorgeous!

Vicki said...

Perfect dresses, just bring a cardi!

Faye Lewis said...

Great dresses in wwonderful prints.

Audrey said...

Another pattern in my stash that I have never sewn. Fantastic looking dress on you. And how great that it is a quick sew project.

zapaLov said...

are beautiful

Paulinakoss Bruce said...

Gorgeous fabrics for 2 gorgeous dresses. Great job as usual! I have that pattern but never got around to making it.

Paulinakoss Bruce said...

Gorgeous fabrics for 2 gorgeous dresses. Great job as usual! I have that pattern but never got around to making it.

couture a la mode said...

Both dresses are fabulous!!! Love them!

Cennetta said...

Both dresses are lovely, Allison.

Joan Weakland said...

Both dresses are terrific, Allison. But I must add that the snake print is super flattering with its vertical pattern running down the center front, and the coloring is flattering on you, as well.

Sharon said...

Fantastic looking dresses and the weather has gone back to summer so I'm sure you will get some wear. So glad you are visiting Sydney!

Sue said...

Both dresses are fabulous but I love a good animal print and that one is delicious! Enjoy your trip to Aus... I don't suppose your coming anywhere near Toowoomba! :)

Threadie said...

These two dress are lovely ! I didn't know this pattern.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Two beautifully flattering dresses.

Tia Dia said...

What a great pair of dresses! Isn't it fun how different fabric is enough to create two completely different looks. Enjoy your trip!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

I love them. The swirly girl is TDF!

Jean said...

Both versions are great -- love the prints! Have a great trip!

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

They are both great versions of a TNT pattern! I really like the swirly print version! Hope you get to wear them on your vacay.

toy said...

beautiful prints and dresses and I liked how you lined it.

Gail said...

You've had good value from this pattern. I love the snake print.

Lindalin Silva said...

Muito bom eu amei !!!

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Amy said...

The fabric choices are lovely! I'm a big fan of swirly print on this dress.

T. Sedai said...

Love these! Simple, but they really let the fabric shine.