Here’s a genuine sewing post! :) Most of my project posts are light on sewing info, and I’d like to try my hand at writing more informative posts moving forward. For now, this means writing a blog post while working on a project, because I never remember the technical bits after I finish!
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In preparation for hot summer days, I’m sewing up McCall’s M6744. This easy, knit dress has enough bodice and length variations that there’s an option in here for everyone. I’ve picked bodice A or B with length A/C for my wearable muslin.
First things first, the full bust measurement on the envelope and the pattern differ. This is one of those horrible patterns McCall’s put out that lacked meaningful information on the envelope, so the pattern measurements will be my reference. This dress is fitted at the bust, extremely loose fitting at the waist, and loose fitting at the hip.
As a pear shape with a larger bust than this pattern accommodates, my fit tweaks will be to sew the front and backs separately, then join them with a 1/4″ side seam. The narrower seam adds 1.5″ width to the bust and hip, which I absolutely need! The front neckline on A/B seems awfully low, and I generally find my upper torso to be proportionally short. I’ll truncate the shoulder along the L size line and see how it plays out. Lastly, I dipped the center back by 2″, tapering to nothing at the side seams. This extra length compensates for my ample derriere. Having a hiked up hem in the back drives me CRAZY!
In a perfect world, I’d make this out of featherweight, opaque jersey. In the real world, however, I’m making my first attempt in some polyester ITY from the stash. The wild pattern lends itself to adventurous styling, so I’m going with bodice B.
M6744 is merely four pattern pieces, all cut on the fold. Easy peasy! Also, a bonus: it only used 1.5 yards, instead of the 2 listed on the pattern envelope. Not sure if this is another pattern envelope error; I’ll be making another one, so we shall see if the second dress also takes only 1.5 yards! Sewing up these four pieces went fast, and the casing — normally a bugbear — went smoothly, too. All hems/edges were finished by folding a 5/8″ seam allowance back and twin needle stitching over the edge.
Behold! The first photoshoot using my new camera, Snowey the Pentax K-50. I love her! I still need to work out settings, but so far she’s pretty good. Also, I bought a remote to use with her and WOW. Remotes make photo shoots so much faster! Also, they make outdoor shoots more feasible … I might “go public” this summer. :)
This dress does require some bra strap modification; in my case, front and back modifications. Boo! But for such a cute dress it’s totally worth it.
Here you can kinda see the how the curved hem played out, and connected to the front hem. On my next dress, I’m going to shorten the center back addition to 1.25″, from the 2″ on this version. My butt’s not that big, apparently! You see the billowing at the center back above the waist casing? On version number two, I’m going to take 1″ out of the center back, tapering to nothing at the sides.
Also, that bodice height fix didn’t work great — see how little space there is between the waist casing and the neckline? My torso isn’t quite that short, not the least because my boobs take up length. (“My lovely lady lumps” — *Fergie voice*) I also felt the upper back bodice was too long. On version 2, I’ll shorten both of them to the XL strap length, then raise the neckline by 1.25″ and the armholes by the same amount. Don’t want any side bra to show!
In short, I love this dress — I’m wearing it to work today, and making another one tonight. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s summery, and that’s what I’m going for with my next collection of makes. #winning!