I bought this spongy-feeling knit last summer with the idea of making yet another wrap dress. They’re just so comfortable, easy to make, and easy to wear. I bought enough fabric to make sleeves, but I thought the polka dots would be a little too overpowering (or dizzying) so I opted for a sleeveless dress. I’m completely convinced that sleeveless is the way to go in summer, unless I’m working with lightweight fabric. This dress will even transition into the fall with a cardigan.
2016 has been my most productive sewing year yet, and I kind of wonder if it’s because I stopped blogging for a while. In any case, I have a number of makes to share with you, starting with, yep, another M6696 shirtdress.
I bought this fabric nearly three years ago in Paris at Les Coupons de Saint Pierre. It was a last-minute purchase. I already had two other pieces and as I was standing in line with my friend I happened to spot it. As I remember I wasn’t even that taken with it — I liked the other two pieces more — but for the price I went for it (and obviously something about it must have drawn me in).
And there I was, fabric in hand, leaving Montmartre with the best kind of souvenir in hand.
Earlier this year, I was thrilled to be asked to take part in Vintage Pledge July, a month-long series organized by Kerry of Kestrel Makes and Marie of A Stitching Odyssey. This is part of their annual Vintage Pledge Project challenge, which encourages vintage sewing lovers across the globe to make their favorite patterns of yesteryear.
Sometimes you sew something and it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. That’s what happened to me when I first tried on my Oreo Cookie wrap dress and realized the skirt pieces didn’t overlap properly! I had used Vogue 8379 for the top, but winged the bottom since I didn’t want the full skirt that came with the pattern. Mistake.
I thought I could save it by adding a snap-on-a-string contraption, but that really didn’t do anything to prevent the top skirt piece from staying in place (especially when I sat down). While I did wear the dress with tights to the office a few times, I just never felt truly comfortable in it.
And so it sat in my closet, largely unworn.
How do! Last week, I headed down to Washington, D.C. for a work conference and brought a number of me-made items with me. In fact, I wore handmade all but one day while I was there. Hey, only the best for our nation’s capital. 😉
One brand new piece I brought (along with the M6886 dress from my previous post) was McCall 6885, which I finished in early October. (Just realized these two patterns follow each other in pattern numbering. Guess I really liked McCall’s offerings in that section of their website!)
The first few photos in this post were taken at the top of the Washington Monument, which is the center piece of the National Mall and built in tribute to our first president, George Washington.