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.

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The Almost Wrap Dress – McCalls 6884 Pattern Review

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As promised yesterday, the second dress I made this weekend is from McCalls 6884.  It is quite a versatile mock wrap dress pattern with varied options for the sleeves, the ties, the length, the right front wrap panel, and the amount of leg revealed.  It can also be easily adapted to be an actual wrap dress if one desires.

I sewed View C without the sleeves.  The pattern calls for a medium-weight knit, but we know how well i follow those kinds of directions by now.  I used a lightweight knit, more about how i chose that later. 🙂 The instructions are straight forward, except where one instruction says stitch to the circle, when on that particular view I think it should have said box.  It is a mock wrap dress because the left panel is sewn to the right and back panels on the right side, however the right panel does hang free and actually wraps across the body to be secured by the ties.

Let’s talk about the fabric i used. 🙂 I was digging through the remnants bin at my local Hancock Fabrics, and my hand caught a silky soft feeling.  I grabbed it and yanked it out from under the piles of fleece and cotton pieces, and this beautiful magenta won me over immediately.  It must have been meant for me to make this dress, because there was slightly more than a yard in the remnant and this pattern does not require the normal 2-3 yards that other wrap dresses request.  When the sales associate saw it, she told me that she didn’t think very many people could wear this color well.  I don’t think I have that problem 🙂

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I love this dress,  It’s super soft, silky, and feels as if it’s barely there. I think the solid color highlights the cross body gather details well.  I’ve included a close-up of the gathering below.

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Accidentally Vintage – Vogue 8784 Pattern Review

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I like to call this the accidental vintage Vogue dress.  For this dress I used the pattern, Vogue 8784.  It is a wrap dress with bodice pleating and options for, a straight skirt (with pleating), a full skirt (without pleating), cap sleeves, and long sleeves.  It doesn’t look vintage on the package nor does my muslin.  The muslin was made with the straight skirt option and both sleeve styles in a mint green taffeta that will never see the light of day ;).  The taffeta version showed the pleating details well and gave the dress a very structured look.  The fabric I used is a super soft floral jacquard I found on the clearance table, which I purchased initially to be used as muslin fabric.  While it sat waiting to be used, the floral pattern grew on me and I decided to make the full skirted version of the dress.  Sometimes the pattern on a fabric makes all the difference in how something looks.  On my version the pleating detail work disappears into the pattern and the dress looks like all it needs is a petticoat or two (I may make one eventually, but I don’t like tulle) to be a vintage.

.  This pattern calls for a lining, but I omitted that and narrowed hemmed the edges. The interior is all french seamed, except the sleeves.  On the next one, I won’t french seam the skirt to the bodice, it’s a little too bulky for my liking.  For the sleeves, I used seam binding…..after I finished sewing them on three times.  Yes, three times.  The first time, there was too much extra fabric in the cap, making it puffy 80s style. The second time, I wasn’t satisfied with them being smooth enough, so I went in with my seam ripper for a third and final try.  Speaking of the sleeves, I chose that length because the cap sleeve was binding for my range of movement, and I didn’t want the dress to have long sleeves.  I will be making this pattern again in a fabric with more body and less of a pattern. 🙂

Two Wrap Dresses are Better Than One – Kwik-sew 3489 Pattern Review

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I know I haven’t posted in a while, but it hasn’t been for lack of sewing. Since we all know it didn’t happen if there are no pics, I had to wait for weather, photographer, and time to align.  That happened today, so there will be 4 reviews on 5 garments posted shortly. 🙂 Told ya I’ve been working!  First off, Kwik-Sew 3489.  This is a simple wrap dress pattern that I decided would be a good one to have and possibly build on.  It may be, but I will have to make it again to say for sure.  Let me tell you why.

First let’s talk about the pattern.  The pattern is simple, and the instructions are easy to follow.  However, the pictures on this post are all of the second iteration of this dress.  Why? Let me tell you.  As usual, I originally made the smallest size. I sewed facings for the first time ever (and correctly lol,) and the dress came together quickly and great.  I excitedly tried it on and………..it was about two sizes too big!

I couldn’t take the dress in, there was way too much fabric.  So, I decided to use this situation as a lesson in redrafting patterns and cut the dress apart to resew.  This is where I came to the conclusion that the fabric I used was most likely the issue.  it’s a pretty, brown and gold knit that’s super stretchy, but doesn’t seem to recoil back to it’s original size once stretched.  When I compared the fabric pieces to the pattern they were all larger that what had initially been cut.  I trimmed them back down (and still took a little extra off of the bodice) and sewed everything back together. Sewing the same dress twice was frustrating but I did it in the name of learning :).

Now it fits as you see above and below, but until I make it again (out of a better quality knit) I can’t say for sure whether the pattern will work for me.  In the end, I do like the dress, just not the effort that had to be put into it.

 

Wrapped Up My First Wrap Dress!

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I was perusing the internet and found a free pattern for a Japanese-style wraparound dress on the Bernina website.

I thought it was adorable, and downloaded the pattern immediately.  I immediately started making it, cutting out the smallest size as per my normal habit.  I was hoping for a “wearable muslin”, and started with some slinky red satin I had gotten on sale.  Since this pattern has raglan-style sleeves, I couldn’t really try the fit until it was almost done.  Once I got the sleeves on, I noticed two things.  The collar didn’t come together, but more importantly, for the first time ever, it was too small!  Darn German pattern! LOL So, I went to the store, picked up some random inexpensive fabric to do another muslin, this time following the sizing chart making one 2 sizes up.  That one fit, although the collar still didn’t come together.  I really disliked the fabric I made the second muslin out of so there’s no way that’s seeing the light of day.  Fast forward a couple weeks and I found myself in Hancock touching this pretty sheer floral chiffon of white, yellows, and pinks, and not to far from it was a yellow lining fabric (all on sale, of course!)  It had to be mine and this pattern was perfect. The collar still didn’t come together, but who cares? I rounded it off, and called it a day.