McCalls 6834 caught my eye when I saw the full skirt on it so I picked it up some time ago. I never ended up buying enough fabric for it whenever I went to the store, and technically I still didn’t. The pattern recommends 3-1/8 yards plus 5/8
yards in contrast for the binding for the smallest size of view A. The floral print you see above was 70% off on a time limited sale when I purchased it. I picked up three yards thinking I couldn’t pass up the deal, and would figure out what I would make later. Fast forward to later at home, I was perusing my pattern stash and knew this was the one. After arranging and rearranging the pattern pieces, I just barely managed to fit all the pieces (on grain, even :)) on the three yards by cutting all the pieces on a single layer. Even the binding! Talk about using every inch of fabric. 🙂
As a pattern review, I made the size 6, in View A. The floral fabric has a nice feel and a small amount of stretch. I found it in the Spring Coordinates section of Hancock Fabrics. I picked up another print that felt the same (also 3 yards) that was also 70% off. Hopefully I will make a decision on the pattern for that one soon as well. I really liked the construction of this dress. It’s simple, though a little time consuming, but the result is worth it. I like that there is no waist seam.
I love the fullness achieved in the skirt. Speaking of the skirt, the pattern calls for a 1-1/4″ hem. I used the same depth but did not follow the sewing instructions. Instead, I turned up 1/4″ and stitched it down. Then I turned up 1″ and blind hem stitched it down, by machine, of course. The only other deviation from the pattern I made was to use the same fabric for the binding. I like this dress and will most likely make it again, although I’m not sure when. Winter is coming and I see velvet on my horizon. However, next time I pull this pattern out, I will try to buy the correct amount of fabric. 🙂
I will leave you with one of the pictures we took to try to show the fullness of the skirt with it in motion.