Coming Up Roses



I made a new dress and I think I am in love!  


My new dress is McCall's 6886, a very popular pattern that has been around for a while now.  At the end of last summer I bought a lovely piece of textured medium weight knit in this gorgeous rose print from Backstreet Bargains.  I bought it with a plain knit dress in mind.  I love roses.  My garden is full of them and this fabric is very me.  I also liked the mid weight that I knew would hold its shape for a dress extremely well without the dreaded cling factor.


One thing I always do now, is get my tape measure out before I cut into any pattern.  I am pretty picky when it comes to fit for any pattern and anything to bodycon is quickly rejected.  A quick google search revealed that this dress had the potential to be just that and this is a look that I wanted to avoid at all costs.  I decided based on the ease in this dress that I needed to upsize from my usual 10 up top and 12 in the hips to 12 up top grading to 14 in the hips.  I am pleased I took the time to do this because the resulting dress is more shift dress than tee dress and I am really happy about that.



I chose to make view A with no real changes to the design.  The only thing I did change was to add two darts at the back to account for my sway back.  I used my usual woven shift dress pattern and laid it on my pattern pieces and used it as my guide.  I intend to use this pattern again so at some point I may redraw the back pattern piece with the darts added.



I love the resulting dress and it proved to be the perfect dress to pack for my Australian holiday for those, I really don't know whether I will need a nice dress occasions.  For an evening meal out I just needed to whip it out of the suitcase, no ironing required. It is also quick drying.  I had in mind that it would look equally good with a denim jacket and converse as a pair of dressy sandals.  Which all meant more room in my suitcase for fabric shopping!

Comments

  1. Its lovable! The florals at the moment are fantastic. Love the simple design to show off those magnificent blooms.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, it did need a simple design.

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  2. very pretty and so perfect for a holiday

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    1. Thank you! You have to love a dress that requires no ironing!

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  3. What a great dress. I understand the need to use multiple sizes in a dress like this. You did good!

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    1. Thank you! Multiple sized patterns really help the cause.

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  4. Wonderful dress. I love that it's so versatile for travel too!

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    1. Thank you! I love that I don't need a lot of luggage when I have travel clothing that just works for every occasion.

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