Sunday, April 4, 2010

McCall's 6069 - Easter dress for me!

It's been years since I had a new dress for Easter. I hadn't really planned on making a new dress for this weekend, but after the ball gown, I needed both a softball project and something that would count towards my summer wardrobe for the bazillion events I'll have to attend in conjunction with Jim's summer coordinator position. I really liked this McCall's dress that was recently released and scooped it up during the last pattern sale at Joann's. I'm a sucker for a cowl neck and any garment with an interesting back.



The fabric - a poly jersey - was purchased at Michael Levine Loft this winter. I liked the bright colors that are tempered a bit with the black and the floral design. The best part - I think the 3.5 yard piece was like $5. I originally had flagged this fabric for a wrap dress, but after seeing this pattern, it looked so much like the fabrics used in the cover drawings, I decided to change my plans a bit. I only needed about a 1.5 yards for this dress though, so maybe I can still eek out a wrap dress afterall.

I pretty much cut this out per the pattern with just a couple of changes. I cut a 6 for the bodice, but added a hip curve to the skirt pieces - the waist was cut at a 6 and extended to a 14 at the hips. I used the hip curve from M3830 as a template and it worked well.


I added the back strap, omitted the pockets for a smoother fit over the hips and thighs and added 2 inches of length to the skirt. Lastly, I folded to the bodice seam allowance down to form the casing for the waistband - the pattern instructions have you fold it up, but I needed the extra bit of length in the bodice.

This was a really simple dress to put together, which was exactly what I was hoping for after my last project. I cut it out on Friday night and sewed it up on Saturday with no snafus to speak of! Woohoo! The only tricky part was the narrow hem around the arm syce. Fluid poly jersey doesn't really like to do narrow hems, but with enough pins, it worked out.


One thing that is not terribly obvious from the pattern is that the back has MUCH more drape than the front. It looks pretty, but at first I thought I had cut something wrong. If you look really closely at the line drawing, you can see a few extra lines drawn in the back, but I didn't notice it until after sewing it all up.


{Close up on the front}


{Close up one the back}


I wore this dress today for Easter lunch with the big 'ol extended family and it was a hit. I was comfy and felt cute and got several compliments from the aunts and cousins. I think this is a great day to night dress as it's very work appropriate topped with a black cardigan, but when it's removed, the back makes it much more of an evening dress. I think this will be great for dinners and events this summer.



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For those of you that aren't into the sewing stuff, here are a couple of pics of the homemade pie I baked for Jim's birthday this weekend. It was so freaking good! There is no way we can finish it before it goes bad, so my CWs are getting a fun treat tomorrow at lunch. :)

29 comments:

Nanette said...

That dress (and the fabric) is fabulous! I continue to be impressed by your mad skillz!

And there's no such thing as leftover pie in our place. Brent wanted Em to have a birthday pie instead of birthday cake - he looooves pie.

Rachael said...

This is my favorite item you've sewn by far!! SO amazing! I'm jealous of your Martha Stewart-ness.

weezermonkey said...

What can't you do?! The naked blueberry pie pic is very nice.

Debi said...

AMAZING dress! It looks fabulous on you. I love the pattern and the fabric! Great job!

Eugenia said...

Stunning dress! You look amazing in it. I love the fabric (what a bargain!) and that draped neckline is wonderful.

KID, MD said...

Awesome dress and really nice work!! The pies look tummy, too.

Kristine said...

That's a fantastic dress! A perfect marraige of fabric and pattern, if you ask me! I'm adding it to the "next pattern sale" shopping list!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This dress looks sooooooo much better than the pattern. I expected something much boxier and this is fun and sexy! Great dress!

Amanda S. said...

Funny, this is the first year I haven't made myself a new dress for Easter. Your dress is pretty and flattering in a very fun print. You're sure to get lots of wear from it this summer.

Leslie said...

This is probably your best work yet. You look absolutely fab!

selfishseamstress said...

You look so beautiful in that dress and wow, I can't believe you did that without a serger. Amazing work.

tam pham said...

OMG! i can't get over that you MADE that dress! such a lovely piece that you'll get tons of wear out of!

kim said...

I am *so* impressed! Seriously! With both the dress and the pie! :)

wan said...

i like! i like!

(that's one for the dress and one for the pie, which looks like it was quite a hit)

Karin said...

Your new dress looks stunning! I would never believe that you are a 6 on top and a 14 on bottom. You look like a classic hour glass in that style. I am sure your fitting changes to the pattern made all the difference.

kenpen said...

I love it! I don't know why I am still amazed at your awesome work. I should just expect it by now!

AllisonC said...

Absolutely gorgeous dress - I wish I had seen this before the recent online pattern sale finished, oh well next time!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Wow! You it look amazing!

Lindsay T said...

OMG, that turned out great! V. sexy.

Winnie said...

You continue to amaze me. That's a very pretty dress!

Insomniac said...

That dress looks so great on you! And the pie! *sigh* Last night I made some nasty soba noddles that gave me and Mr. Insom a stomach ache. Sad face.

Shari said...

Your dress looks wonderful!

So Not Wishy Washy said...

I am so damn impressed! That dress is greatness!

Susan said...

I know I commented on PR already, but I just think you look amazing in this dress! Simply stunning.

P.S. I bought the bodybugg after reading your last post. Thanks for the encouragement.

Karin said...

Great dress. I love those drapey shapes. And it looks fabulous on you!

Cennetta said...

Lovey, lovely Easter dress.

FullertonRegan said...

Curses! I should have Googled this pattern before cutting it, and then I would have gotten all your awesome tips like the hip curve and lengthening of the hem... drat the cat! Oh well, I think I'll make it again, especially since I see it with a patterned fabric and think it's even better than a solid. Love your dress and LOVE the price!

Amy said...

Just popped into your blog...linked to a link a link
your dresses are darling! great tips to thankyou!
Amy

Amy said...

I really love this dress! It looks fabulous on you.