Day 4: The Sneak Past the Fashion Police Dress

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

This series is a goodbye to summer series, but this dress is definitely one I’m going to sneak past the rule makers and wear in the fall. No white after Labor Day? Bah, humbug!

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

This poor dress has really been through the ringer. Originally blogged last month, it’s a pattern mashup that had to get pieced together, only to have it’s hem hacked up after the fact. And then I left the hem unfinished partly because I was tired of working on it but also because I was afraid I’d ruin it further.

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

Add onto that, the fact that I got a huge black smudge on it, on it’s debut wearing. Thankfully, pre-treating the heck out of it with baking soda water and baking soda paste got rid of the stain…but I also put some Rit White-Wash Powder in the wash and ended up with a large, pale yellow, stain along the hem!!!

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

I think it has since faded, but not completely. And besides, I got some awesome advice from Charlie about covering up the yellow. I think a lace trim white dress would look great in the fall, under a jacket and over boots, or even the right flats or booties. Kind of a sweet but rustic look.

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

You’ll also notice that the shoulder area of this dress has ripples galore. I feel like sewers are a bit like tea leaf readers — we look for signs in things where others don’t see them. In this case, the ripples were a head scratcher until I took into consideration that this dress was my first attempt at binding raw edges with FOE. The ripples suggest that I didn’t pull on it evenly while binding the edges, so the dress edges are being pulled this way and that. The ripples are also the reason I’d style this under a jacket. *wink*

7 days of summer the long goodbye makingtheflame white all white dress M6744 McCall's TNT plus size sewing

This photo is totally self-indulgent, I’m just showing off how I can contort my body, but my side seams still hang where they should. Do any of you do this? Few things give me a kick like seeing my side seams at my actual sides, no matter what I do or how I move. It’s nerdy, but I’ve worn too many RTW items that twisted and pulled in weird ways. Straight side seams, to me, is the best kind of sign of me-made garment.

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2 Comments

  1. I always check the side the seams. Like you, it comes from too many RTW items with weird twists and pulls. I can even see this over tights or leggings with a long sleeve tight t-shirt underneath. You really have a lot of options.

    1. Ooh, love your suggestions!! I’ve not been brave enough to wear leggings with a dress but in the fall it would be the best of both worlds: warm legs and flirty hems.

      Good to hear you check side seams, too–I’m in good company. :)

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