Day 3: The “Betcha Can’t Sew Just One” Dress

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

When I go in, I go all in. So after the too-short version of McCall’s M6744, I set out to make four more–hopefully in a better length! It’s the Lays of sewing: you can’t just sew one. It helps that M6744 is so fast and easy to whip up, even with its waist casing.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

I got this fabric in late 2014, so it wasn’t really stash per se, but…I no longer remembered what I bought it for and it was, even for me, a bit crazy. I figured it would either make a great wardrobe addition, or a great Goodwill donation, and forged ahead with View C. The style of the dress was also different for me–I don’t do a lot of wrap front bodices, nor do I do many cap-sleeve-ish bodices, both of which are features of View C.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY
Not ladylike.

I think it turned out pretty well, though! I did eliminate the front overlap in favor of a simple skirt. To do so, I used the skirt from view A. Personally, this dress is a little short to have any opening, but maybe someone more ladylike (or shorter) could pull that off.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

It actually took me two separate occasions of wearing this dress to fall in love with it, because of the boldness of the print! Crazy, right? You’d think nothing would be too bold for me. I love this dress so much because it’s so comfortable–easy to wear, soft fabric, and it’s pretty, too. This little beauty got worn pretty often throughout the summer.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

The photos for this dress came out pretty well, but for whatever reason I was moody in most of the photos! I did shoot all seven dresses in one go, which took a bit over an hour. This entailed shoe changes, in addition to the dress changes, and slightly re-positioning things as the light behind me changed. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s exhausting. I sympathized heartily with Gisele. :-p

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

Anyway, at some point I realized I was making dour expressions and forced myself to perk up until I actually got a second wind and started to genuinely smile again, hah. It’s also a testament to the comfort factor of this dress that I was 100% comfy even while pouting.

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

Here you can see that one issue was still not resolved–bodice shortness! I did cut a longer strap this time around so it’s not terrible, but my bust is seriously hiking things up in front. This really surprised me, because (a) I don’t consider myself proportionally busty, and (b) the shoulder has sufficient gathering to fall pretty nicely over the front of the bust. More on this in Thursday’s dress. :)

makingtheflame Ebi Poweigha 7 days of summer the long goodbye mccall's m6744 plus size sewing ITY

Verdict: view C is a winner!

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4 Comments

  1. It looks FANTASTIC on you! I love the color and the length is perfect. It’s just right!!!

    Earlier this year when I did the mini-wardrobe challenge on PR, I was astounded by how much time the photos took. I was completely wiped out after!

    1. Thank you very much!!! Purple things do work out in the end, don’t they? ;) Not at all surprised you were exhausted by your photo session for the wardrobe contest–it was extensive! You did such a good job.

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