Material Girls Fashion Sewing Club
Summer Floral Shirtdress:
New Look 6449, View C, Stretch Cotton.
1. This garment is similar to the shirtdress I made in June (McCalls 7351) but less shaping due to no waist definition. Also it was a better choice for the stretch cotton fabric.
2. I shortened length between shoulder and bust but not dress length.
3. I omitted the chest pocket – not a fan.
4. I made several construction changes: -added a contrast yoke facing using the hot dog roll method – a little tricky due to dress length – just go slow when turning to right side.
-Used Grainline neck stand and collar method rather than New Look’s method.
– Omitted cuff and tab on sleeve and made short sleeve length with roll up cuff.
– Used straight hem rather then curved as pattern shows.
5. Although I like the pockets, I am not a fan of floating pockets. I may topstitch them in place.
Two More Backyard Tee-Shirt Dresses and New Look 6449:
Border print, Viscose Rayon, View C.
1. Cut cross grain to take advantage of border.
2. Scooped out front neckline- maybe too much!
3. Omitted cuff on sleeve.
Green Sleeveless, Cotton Jersey with 5% Spandex.
1. Cut cross grain for vertical stripe look.
2. Used chest pocket for hip pockets, the others were too large.
3. Not a fan of pattern armhole bands – would do differently next time……
There will not be a next time! This pattern has run its course for the season and I have used up my summer fabric so I am ready to move on.
Rusty Floral Skirt:
Simplicity 1560, View B, Rayon Challis
I made this skirt to pattern. It is quick and easy . I like the flirty panels and no waistband with facing finish.
Summer Woven Cowl Blouse
Vogue 1701, View B, Cotton Lawn
1. Cowl has an invisible zip which went in very well.
2. Gathering at neck.
3. Cuff is supposed to button with a notched gap hem on sleeve but I shortened the cuff instead and applied in the round. Ended up pleating cuff and sewing on buttons to make cuff smaller.
4. Blouse is wide at hem so no alterations for hips 🙂
5. After being so proud of my zip application, it is awkward to wear and the cowl will fit over my head without needing a zip!
6. I like the blouse-a little style and cool to wear-just won’t put in a zipper again!
McCall’s 8042, View A, Rayon Challis
1. The photo on the cover appealed to me so I gave it a try 🙂
2. Front is cut single layer with lots of stitching lines and cutting lines to transfer. I folded on center and got pretty close.
3. Sleeve ruffle ends up as part of armhole and doesn’t meet at underarm so a small piece of bias tape is added but it finished nicely, just puttsy.
4. I needed more room at hips so whacked it off, added more and ruffled it. A very gathered month 🙂
5. Both the sleeves and front/back are squares at the neck-no shaping in toward neck so when you pull in gathers at neck, there’s a lot of fabric. The height of the underarm is also determined by how much you pull up the neck. There were no suggestions as to how much it should be pulled in. I have used a stretchy cord so I can tie it where I want it and still get it over my head and not adjust every time.
6. The blouse is a keeper-the pattern is not 🙂
Linen Work Dress
Merchant & Mills Factory Dress, Crinkly Linen
1. Skirt front has two small pleats and is wider than skirt back so added a bit to the back in the form of two small pleats.
2. Nice fit, loose fitting but with a bust dart. Sleeves fold up as per pattern. No fit adjustments.
3. Added contrast pocket and facing for fun.
4. Pattern drafting was great. Pattern directions more for a sewist with experience but definitely a keeper!
September Fashion Sewing Club-Zoom or at:
*Second Tuesday date is changed due to labor Day weekend
Saturday, September 10, 10:30 at Treadle
Tuesday, September 12, 10:30 at Treadle
Thursday, September 15, 10:30 at SR Harris, Burnsville