Monday, August 29, 2011

Evening Meshed in McCall 6319



My obsession with fabric has rubbed off on my DD. These days she is serious about fabric shopping. She's always looking for the best deals. Three years ago on one of our trips to the Textile Warehouse on West 21st Street, she bought this mesh fabric. The store is huge, nearly a block long three stories of fabric and notions.




The silver mesh fabric used to make this dress was bundled with several other pieces and weighted. The bundle was priced at $2.00 a pound. Interesting way to sell fabric. The mesh fabric measured about two yards. It was first used to dress her jewelry table at artist alley. Then one day in June she said to me, "What could you make out of this fabric." I looked and sort of frowned, " I don't know. It's not something I'd want to wear." All the while, I was thinking what could I make. So I turned to the many fashion magazines on my table and started thumbing through them. To my surprise, several pages featured beautiful mesh knit garments. Now, this dress is the result of the inspiration from those garments. My fabric shopping, deal getting DD has a great dress to wear to the Captain's Ball.





So here is my review of this sewing project:
M6319

Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESSES: Fitted dress with tapered skirt has lined bodice and elasticized waist.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 22; I used size 10 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy; I had no problem with following them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the style of this dress and thought it would be a great way to showcase the fabric. The dress went together easily. I like the soft pleats at the waist and the asymmetric neckline. It's a good knit dress pattern. I only have one dislike which is the lack of lining for the skirt of the dress.



Fabric Used: Silver mesh fabric and black knit lining (Hancock, $6.99)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few fitting adjustments: pigeon chest and square shoulder. Details on that process can be found here. Because you can see through the knit, I added a skirt lining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I may make a top for myself. And yes I do recommend it to others. It stylish and easy.

Conclusion:
This is a nice knit dress pattern that is easy to sew. A beginner should be able to sew it with no problem.

Happy Sewing!

C

25 comments:

Amber Elayne said...

That turned out great! I like the neckline and drape in particular!

Rebecca said...

Awesome fabric and pattern match. The dress looks great!

Candice said...

Stunning! Your daughter looks beautiful!

AllisonC said...

What a great collaborative project with your DD, a great match of fabric to pattern - she looks gorgeous in the dress.

MushyWear said...

I really like the pattern you paired with the knit. Great dress!

NuJoi said...

Cute!

Kyle said...

That's an awesome dress, both fabric and style. Your daughter looks great!

JoanneM said...

This dress is so elegant on your daughter!

AuntieAllyn said...

She looks absolutely gorgeous! Style (good style, that is!) obviously runs in the family!

Lisa said...

OOh I love your daughters fabric choice. That pattern is great I don't think I've noticed before now.

Joyce in NC said...

The dress is fabulous! Your DD and the dress will certainly be a hit at the Ball. I think the fabric really makes the dress POP!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Very nice! Perfect match of pattern and fabric.

Kelley said...

I love it when that happens!

My older DD is heavy into sewing. Said she's practically living at Jo-Anne's! She's used up her fabric pile and is having a ball! I told her not to overlook thrift stores for plus-size garments and fabrics, too. It's thrilling to take something enh and make it za-za!

Audrey said...

Your daughter has excellent fabric taste. It must be inherited. That fabric made a fabulous dress. She looks wonderful in it.

Rose said...

Your daughter looks beautiful! Nice job, Cennetta!

Summerset said...

You've taught her well! Great dress and beautiful young lady. I can't recall seeing her hair down, she looks amazing!

Cennetta said...

Thanks, everyone. Summerset - She rarely wears her hair down. I'm always trying to convince her to do so. .., while she has it.

Jackie said...

Cute dress Cennetta!

Sophia said...

Your daughter looks so beautiful. The details of the dress are so simple (great for that fabric), but really add some "oomph" to it :) Way to go!

Tanya said...

Don't you just love it when that happens, that dress is TDF. Your DD looks beautiful.

Gail said...

Your daughter looks justifiably pleased with her new dress.

Lisette M said...

You made a very elegant dress with the fabric! Your daughter looks very beautiful in her new dress.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

How did I miss this wonderful dress for your daughter?! Your daughter looks amazing in it and you did your usual awesome sewing job.

manicmom said...

Cennetta,
Lovely dress! It drapes perfectly for that style!
So when you say you lined the dress, did you just make a lining copy of the whole dress?
Because you also say you were disappointed that the pattern didn't call for a lining for the skirt, so did it originally just call for the top part to have a lining?
Susan

Cennetta said...

Thanks ladies. Manicmom - The original pattern only included a bodice lining. For the skirt, I used the front skirt pattern (pleated). For this dress I didn't eliminate the front pleats. Both the fashion fabric and the lining were thin enough not to create bulk. But when I make it for myself, I'll use a modified version of the front skirt (minus the pleats).
Cennetta

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