Last but not least is Sweet Pink: the cutesy, girlish version of McCall’s M6744 + McCall’s M6966 view A. For SP I went with bodice A, the standard back view, because I hadn’t used it on any of my previous versions.
I think it fits pretty perfectly, don’t you? :) Let’s see, what does Miss Pinky have going for her that’s different from her energetic twin?
Well, both dresses are bound with self-dyed FOE at the armholes and neck. This time around it took two tries. My first go was a very Christmas red, and it juuuust clashed with the fabric. For my second attempt, I used a bit of pink dye in the red and less dye overall, and though I felt it was a smidge pale, it was close enough for government work. Even after sewing this up, I wasn’t pleased with the color “match”. But it looks quite good in these photos, so perhaps I was being overly picky! I used Rit powder dye in Scarlet and Fuschia.
I think my favorite detail on Sweet Pink is the hem finishing — I went with a triple stitch zig zag on a double-folded 1/4″ hem. It did make Pink a bit shorter than Blue, enough that I can see the back skirt needs a half FDA (in this case, extra length without extra width). This is a pretty common issue for me, and I think it’s time I preemptively make the fix to all skirt and dress patterns before I even sew them. I’ve been loath to alter patterns before I sew them because I worry they’ll fit perfectly and my futzing will make them worse, but … the only perfectly fitting patterns I’ve come across have been perfectly fitting above the waist. That’s probably not a coincidence!
Speaking of facing facts, this summer I had to face the fact I’m a tall woman. One of my favorite pair of sandals is a mere 3.5″ wedge heel, but combined with my nearly 5’10” of height, I strut around at 6’1.5″ of altitude. That’s pretty fricken tall. I had to own that, and I feel I did. I love this photo because it kind of gives a sense of how giant I am in my itty bitty summer dresses, and how good it looks. Size aside, I rock my style and I wear it well.
I say this not to make short and average height ladies feel bad, but as a response to the sewing bloggers with near perfect figures (according to our current socially reinforced aesthetic) who suggest they need to be slimmer or taller to look “good” in a certain garment or style. NO! No no no, ladies. Just no. I am literally giant. If I can look pretty awesome in this get up, you can look pretty awesome in whatever it is you want to make or wear. Just do it, and own it. When it’s authentic to your own personal aesthetic, it always looks right.
Okay, off my soapbox. :)
I never got to wear this dress in the wild before photographing it, and now it’s fall. It makes me sad that it will not see the light of day until next year, because the fact is that this post brings me officially to the end of summer sewing in 2015, and the end of rocking my summer threads. It’s a sad time, but it’s also a golden opportunity for change, and I’ll get more into that tomorrow in my wrap up post. Thanks for helping me give summer the send off it deserves!