M6884 Goes to the Movies

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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.

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M6696 Parisian Shirtdress

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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.
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M6885 Goes to Washington

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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.

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M6886 Dress in Blue Floral Knit

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A quick make to usher in the fall, and what a nice fall it’s been! Bare legs on a November day? I’ll take that. Apologies in advance for the same smile in every photo. I’ll figure out variety one of these days…

This is McCall’s 6886, a simple pullover dress that I picked up last month during one of the McCall sales. It’s getting harder and harder to shell out more than a few bucks on a pattern! This one also comes with v-neck and higher neckline options; sleeveless, short sleeve, three-quarter, and full sleeve variations; and about three different hem lengths, from above the knee to maxi. That’s a lotta bang for your buck!

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I Found the Old McCall Building!

I spend a good amount of time in my day job as an architectural historian using old photos to help tell the stories of historic buildings and the people who lived, worked or otherwise spent time in them. So one day I took on a personal project and searched for sewing-related images.

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You know what first clued me in to searching for photos of the old McCall Building? I was about to head into Mood when I happened to spot faded “ghost signs” across 37th Street. See them in the photo above? Windows have since been punched into this side wall, but at one time the sign was very hard to miss. Scroll to the very end of this post to see what the building looked like over a century ago.

So, yep, at one time, McCall’s was right in the thick of things in the Garment District!

All photos and captions are from the Museum of the City of New York‘s digital collection. These were taken by the Byron Company in 1913.

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