I am very happy to be writing that my McCall’s M6741 dress is now complete! I finished slip stitching the hem by hand yesterday, and now it is finally finished and ready to wear. Usually the most time consuming and tedious things produce the best results, and this was definitely the case with the hand stitched hem on this dress. I’m not sure the rayon challis would have held up well to machine hemming. I really need to get some pictures of me actually wearing my creations, but until then hanging them on the brickwork of the house will have to do!
Another dress I am currently working on is the Gathered Sundress from Pattern Runway. I made and fit two muslins last week; first in size 42, but that ended up being very large, so I went down to a size 40, which fit much better. The high bust measurement of size 40 was still too large for me, resulting in gaping under the arm and excess fabric in the lower side rib cage area. I pinned this excess out, disassembled the muslin and prepared a new side front bodice pattern piece out of freezer paper. I am learning a lot about fitting from the interwebs, and am thinking that I might like to invest in a dress form as it’s difficult to fit yourself in the bathroom mirror all twisted up like a pretzel!
The bodice of this dress is the beautiful yellow Nani Iro En Garden double gauze I ordered earlier this spring, and the skirt will be solid yellow double gauze. One of the details about this pattern that drew me to it was the awesome piping in the seams of the bodice, however in my zeal to sew the bodice together I completely forgot about it, despite purchasing the cording to make the piping. Where is my brain at these days? I remembered the piping in time to add some to the waistband, and I think that will be a cute detail. I have lined the bodice of the dress and possibly the skirt in white batiste.
So far this pattern has been easy to follow along with and I am really loving how the bodice looks in this lovely fabric.