It’s A Shirt Not A Dress – New Look 6345 Pattern Review

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I saw this pattern and thought it would be a flattering style.  I made it in an afternoon, and wore it that night to a West Coast Swing social dance.  I was excited that I may have found a good pattern for a competition shirt. This is Louisiana, and whether it’s night or not, it’s hot, so I wore it with shorts. Several people told me it looked quite “pin-up” and that it was a pretty dress.  I didn’t think anything of them referring to it as a dress and not a top or shirt.  I should have paid more attention because a few of them must not have been able to see my shorts, initially. After a dance with a leader who spun me like a top, Someone came up to me and told me that it came up while I was spinning and i shouldn’t wear a dress like that to dance.  When I replied that it’s a shirt, not a dress, I was told, “Oh, so that’s why you’re wearing shorts.”  Conversations that make you go, hmmmm…

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Anyway, shorts don’t fit our business dress code but white pants do, so laundry and a week later, here it is for everyone to see.  As a pattern review, I made View B without using a contrast fabric in the smallest size.  This blue and white polka dot cotton was on sale and purchased for something else, so the zipper is 2 inches shorter than the envelope suggests, but that didn’t affect the outcome. I did unintentionally end up with the zipper on the right side. Oops lol, but I like the crossover front and the silhouette. I measured the pattern for the tunic version (View A) and it’s four inches longer, so a shorter person may be able to get away with it as a dress.  The smallest size can accommodate more than I have in the bust area, but I may alter that on another version.  Hope you like it, now I’m going to leave you with the back view of my pretty gathers and crisp hem  🙂
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A Sunny, Summer Dress – McCalls 7081 Pattern Review

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I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it debuted.  Crossover front, full skirt, what’s not to like?  It’s also unlined, with a side zipper.  Since Hancock had a sale on cotton prints, this yellow dotted print came home with me to make this dress.  I wore it to work for pictures of course and I’ve had some good responses.  A VP walked by this morning and immediately complimented my “summery” look.  A co-worker told me she sees yellow flowers when she looks at, but she likes it.  And as I was walking out to lunch our receptionist mentioned I looked quite sunny on a very sunny day.

As a pattern review, This is another pattern where the finished garment sizes are odd.  My bust falls under the smallest measurement (of course lol) but my waist went up to a size 12 (or more but we’re not going to talk about that).  After calling my mom and insisting that I would not be buying a plus size pattern as a ready to wear size 0-4 (she laughed and said “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”), I decided to make a 6 in the bodice and fit it to the size 12 waistband.

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I made View A. I did deviate from the instructions for the collar and waistband, simply because i dislike hand stitching.  For the collar, I pressed the folded side to 3/8″ instead of 5/8″ and stitched in the ditch on the outside of the collar.  I only had to slipstitch the corners to secure it.  For the waistband I did the same thing and didn’t have to slipstitch at all.  This pattern calls for fusible interfacing in the collar and waistband, however I used polyester organza.  I did have to cut one side of the skirt at an “I’m going to make this fit” angle.  I assume this is because cotton shrinks and I bought the yardage noted for a size 6.  I don’t think it’s noticeable with the pattern on this fabric, and I let the skirt hang for a day before hemming and there was no noticeable stretching.

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I wanted to work with being able to blend sizes together to create a better fit and this was my chance to do so.  I would like to make it again in a fabric like a solid colored satin.