The Tale of Two Red Dresses continues with Dress #2. Now, I spent all of Saturday working on Dress #1. Once it was done, and I was thoroughly disappointed with the waste of satin and time, I was in need of some sewing gratification. i decided that Sunday I would work on McCalls 7085. I think it’s relatively new, I couldn’t find any reviews on it and I noticed it being available recently. It is a lined dress pattern with different sleeve, neckline, and hem options. As I sat glaring at Dress #1, I pulled out the instructions for McCalls 7085, and read that it only has 3 pieces for View D. The 12 darts didn’t bother me, I know some people dread them, but I don’t mind darts. Luckily, I picked up some .99 cent per yard red rayon on Friday after work (that clearance table and I, we’re good friends), to serve as a lining in case one of the patterns i decided on needed one.
By the way, I found this satin on the clearance table at Hancock’s a while ago and I don’t know how it made it there. It is a dream to work with. It’s got some kind of soft undercoating on the wrong side, and during pressing the satin becomes malleable and totally well-behaved. If this dress didn’t call for a lining, I certainly wouldn’t have minded having the wrong side of this fabric caressing me all day. And to be completely honest, I still have more yardage left. Don’t judge me, it was on sale for 2 or 3 dollars a yard. You would have bought it all too. 🙂
Back to the story, Dress #2 didn’t take nearly as long as Dress #1, and it’s fully lined. I loved that there were only 3 pieces. I’m also in love with the blind hem on this one. Once I switched presser feet, I didn’t notice my thread tension was just slightly loose until I was almost done with the hem, but between that and the way this fabric takes a press, the stitching is virtually invisible, yay! I made the smallest size and as you can see it’s very fitted. I generally wear a 0-4 in RTW, if that helps anyone determine how street size translates to the 6 of this pattern. This is the type of fit I prefer, but I do understand that not everyone does. That’s okay. 🙂 To each their own, once you know what you like, go for it 🙂