Tropical Print Birthday Dress – Inspired by McCalls 6887

Look, it’s my birthday dress! I’m posting this a month late (sorry), and I didn’t wear it on my birthday (I was at a dance event), but I did wear it to my birthday dinner two days before.  As I walked into the restaurant a girl gave me a compliment on it and said she wanted one, so I consider that #winning.  That tropical print knit fabric was found on FabricMart Fabrics website.  I saw it and knew I had to have it, it represented the vacation I haven’t taken yet this year, LOL.  I decided to make McCalls 6887, again.  I made it in the straight skirt version the first time, as you can see here.

As a pattern review, I made a modification of the full skirted version of the McCalls 6887.  Since I used a knit on a pattern made for woven fabric there were a few modifications that needed to be made.  The tropical print is lightweight so I underlined it in a heavier black knit (also from FabricMart Fabrics).  I initially made the size 6 in the woven so I made it smaller for the knit.  I deepened the neckline, and moved the section that crosses the back down 3/4″.  Since my version is not lined, in order to finish the neckline, armholes, cutout, and hem I turned over and stitched.

Yay for the birthday dress!  What do you think?

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Cheetah Print Dress – Simplicity 1059 Pattern Review

I’ve had Simplicity 1059 for over two years, and haven’t made it until now.  I even made a muslin of it about two years ago.  I knew from the muslin that I wasn’t going to be happy with it, so I set it aside.  Fast forward to this summer, I was perusing my pattern stash to match with fabrics that I had purchased with no plans in mind.  I thought that it would be a good pattern to use for this grey and yellow cheetah print fabric I picked up from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I pulled out the muslin (Yes, I still had it, but I have since cut it up to use as a muslin for a LeKala pattern I will review soon), tried it on, and decided to make it as is, and see what would happen.


As a pattern review, I made a Size 6 of View A.  It looks similar to the pattern artwork, but the neckline isn’t as lowThis isn’t usually my style, but I tried it to see if I would like it. I would make adjustments to the pattern if I were to make it again.I would lengthen the sleeve and adjust the armhole and sleeve for a better range of motion.  I think I would also lower the neckline a little.  I knew these things from the muslin, but decided to make it stock and see if my impressions from the muslin were accurate.  They were 🙂  You never know unless you try. 🙂  By the way, I took these pictures at 12pm on one of the few sunny days this month.  It was bright and beautiful and too hot to be wearing polyester! LOL I was sweating buckets even though there was a slight breeze, and I promise my eyes are open! LOL

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The Matrix Dress – McCalls 6886 Pattern Review

I have so many complicated patterns, and few simple ones.  I finally got around to purchasing McCalls 6886, a simple knit dress pattern.  I mixed and matched view features for the look I wanted and that’s definitely part of the beauty of this pattern. I had a knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics that reminds me of The Matrix, and I think it was perfect for it.  I love it!

As a pattern review I made View F with the length of View C instead of the longer length on View F. I also used the long sleeves of View B and lengthened them by 2 inches (I’m 5’8″).

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This dress is so flattering and comfortable. It’s a great basic and I’m so glad I got a chance to try it out. I will definitely be experimenting with it. 🙂

A Spring Dress in Winter – Butterick 5317 Pattern Review

This dress has been on my mind for quite some time.  Last spring, I bought this floral border print fabric as a floor cut from Promenade Fabrics in New Orleans. I didn’t have the full yardage because it had a piece cut from it.  None ofb5317 the patterns I had suited this border print, so after some perusing, I bought Butterick 5317 specifically for it.  However, when I initially tried to fit the pattern pieces on the fabric in my idea to have the bodice and skirt go from white to black, I couldn’t.  I didn’t have enough fabric to make it happen, so I folded the fabric up and decided to see if another pattern would catch my eye.  Months passed, and every time I looked in my stash, it stared back at me, desperate to me sewn and worn.  Last month, (I know I’m behind on posting, but it’s been cold and raining) I decided to try again.  When I laid the pieces of this time, I figured out a way to make it work.  Not the look I initially wanted, but as close as I could get it. 🙂

As a pattern review, I made View A, in a size 6.  The floral print is a stretch cotton sateen,  and I used a lightweight white satin from my stash to line the bodice.  The deviations from the pattern that I made were, I did not add the contrast band at the bottom and I used a narrow hem due to fabric constraints.  As a note, the instructions for the side seam pocket and side zipper are interesting.

I like this dress and am glad that I finally got to sew and wear it.  When I went to take pictures, a lady came over to tell me it looked like I was in a garden 🙂 Wouldn’t you know it, I was in a printed garden in a botanical garden LOL.

Strokes of Fire Colors Dress – New Look 6301 Pattern Review

While perusing Fabric Mart Fabrics, i stumbled across this knit and fell in love.  It reminded me of fire, for some reason, so I think of it as my strokes of fire colors dress.  I have had New Look 6301 in my stash for a while, so I decided to use this fabric to try it out.  I was most interested by View D, the sleeveless version with a straight skirt.  What do you think of the result?

As a pattern review, I made View D, in a size 8.  I noticed the ties looked a little short, so I cut the the size 20 length of them.  I liked the pleats in the skirt and I thought the pleats in the bodice were interesting, but ultimately I don’t prefer them.  I also think the ties would need to be longer for me to really like what they would add to the dress.  It was very comfortable to wear all day, though, so that’s a plus.  I’m glad I finally made a dress from this pattern, but I’m not thrilled with the result.  I think I just like other wrap dresses better on me.

An Elegant Day Dress – Simplicity 8013 Pattern Review

I love this dress! It’s definitely a lot of fabric and work, but look at it, how could I not?  The neckline, the sleeve, the skirt that goes on for days, how could I resist?  I simply couldn’t.  Simplicity 8013 had been calling to me since last year.  I saw this picture, and had to have this pattern. simplicity-dresses-pattern-8013-envelope-front The recommended fabric requirement for the floor length version is a daunting 10 yards of 45″ fabric or 7 3/4 yards of 60″ fabric, not to mention 3 more yards for the lining.  10 yards of fabric can be an expensive proposition and when I made the first muslin it didn’t fit out of the package, so I set this pattern aside.

Out of sight was not out of mind however, and I decided to pull it back out just in time for spring.  In the right mindset to troubleshoot, I made another muslin and encountered the same issue as before. The back was fine, but the front pieces weren’t wide enough at the waist to allow the seam to fall correctly. I corrected this by adding a wedge to the side seam of each front piece, approximately 1/2″ wide at the waist, tapering to nothing at the armpit.  Given the skirt is a quite fully gathered one (an understatement really, since I did use all four side panels), I didn’t add any width to the skirt panels.

As a pattern review, I made View D in a size 6, with the aforementioned alteration.  I used a blue, black, and purple patterned crepe from Fabric Mart.  It feels nice and was just the right weight. The dress is lined in a black posh lining fabric from Joann.  I’m 5’8, so I cut the sleeves and skirt pieces about a 1/2″ longer just in case they weren’t long enough.  I also french seamed the skirt pieces together.  When I gathered the skirt to the waist of the bodice, I noticed that following the directions left more gathering to the sides of the hips, and less in front, likewise in the back.  I like that detail a lot.  Instead of buttons for the cuffs, I used black hooks and eyes.

I really do love this dress, and think it was worth the time spent on it.  I’ve included a twirling picture below, because how could I not?  🙂

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Flowers on a Winter Day – Vogue 8633 Pattern Review

How about flowers on a “winter” day?  It’s February in Louisiana and the high for today is 83 degrees so I decided to take the opportunity to wear one of the dresses I made this month to work.  (By the way, more blog posts are to come, it’s been too cold and rainy to get things photographed).    The floral fabric you see was advertised as peachskin on Fabric.com.  It has a nice hand and is soft, however it’s not as soft as other peachskin fabrics I’ve sewn with from other places.  The bodice is lined with a royal blue crepe back satin from Hancock Fabrics.

As a pattern review, I made View E in a size 6ish.  I say “ish” because since the darts and neckline fell in the right place on my bodice muslin, I decided to add 1/2″ to the side seams of the front pieces so that the side seam could be sewn and fell in the correct place.  I didn’t go up a size, so my fit is quite exact, which is how I prefer it.

The shaping darts are interesting and a detail completely disguised by the pattern of my fabric. 🙂 I really like the shaped collar on this, however the darts were unusual.  They aren’t all your ordinary triangle shapes, and there are four of them for each of your front pieces (bodice and lining).   In conclusion, I’ll leave you with a little twirl picture 🙂 Look at that skirt get up and go!

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