Friday, June 8, 2012

McCall 6028




Pattern Description: Misses' Dresses: Fitted dresses A, B, C, D have front and back princess seams, back zipper and sleeve variations; dress A has purchased trim and back slit; dress B has contrast panels and back slit; dress C has short self-faced sleeves and left front slit; dress D has elbow length sleeves and back slit; dresses A, B, C, D lengths are 1" below mid knee.
  
Pattern Sizing: 8 to 22; I used size 14 with modifications.  



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Basically, yes. Simple princess seam dress with front yoke.  



Were the instructions easy to follow? No problems with the instructions.  

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the princess seam with the front yoke. No dislikes.  

Fabric Used: Plaid rayon suiting that I bought many, many years ago from a fashion fabric club. Can't remember which one though.  


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Several alternations. Most are in the previous post. The rest: invisible zipper, added a inch or two to lengthen it, added two different color piping to the seams. The last change almost turned this dress into a waddler. The plaid is uneven and I didn't want to take the time to line up the print across all seams. So I decided to cut the center front and back on the bias. I sewed the dress together with no problem, until it was time to hem it. The hem flared out at the center front and back. It looked terrible. I tried adding fusible interfacing; then I tried sewing deeper seam allowance near the hem. Neither worked. So, I decided to ask some of the ladies in the club (Haute Couture Club June luncheon 6-2-2012). They made the same suggestions that I already tried. Sadly, I decided the dress was an unwearable waddler. I told my DD there was no solution except for the trash. Then she said, "Mama, What about adding chain to the hem to make it hang evenly. You know, like in a Chanel jacket." Imagine that, a newbie to sewing helped solve my problem. I immediately went to my notion cabinet to find some chain. What I had on hand was not heavy enough so I doubled the weight by sewing two rows of chain to the center front and back. Then I tried on the dress. It worked! It's not perfect, but I can at least wear it.  


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to sew it once more. This was a test for the tissue pattern alteration post. There is one more small change I will make on the next version, and that is to add a little width from the lower hip down. I look a little "too" top heavy.

 Conclusion: This is a fairly easy pattern to sew. And I am I was able to work out my "self-imposed" trouble. Next, dress will be straight forward. All of the fitting adjustment are resolved. It will take no time to make.

17 comments:

ShanniLoves said...

I love it! It looks great!!

Candice said...

You look fantastic!

Denise said...

Lovely!

Sheila said...

You did a fantastic job and glad you were able to solve the hem issue.

Sigrid said...

Fantastic dress, the two colors of piping are a nice feature. You look fabulous.

gwensews said...

The contrasting trim really makes the design lines pop. Looks terrific.

Patty said...

I love everything about this dress....the plaid, the red piping....and it looks great on you!

marysews said...

Well, now, this is the only version of this dress that I've seen that I like so far. Color blocking on this dress with different color fabrics is not pleasing to me. Color blocking you've done with this plaid is different and pleasant.

Shannon said...

This looks great! I love the plaid on the bias and the two colors of piping!

Karin said...

The piping is a brilliant touch. It really makes the lines of the dress pop!

Bunny said...

This looks great,Cenetta. I love the bias and red piping, great details.

Kristin said...

I just recently decided to add this pattern to my wish list. I'd like to make the colour-blocked version. I'm glad to see it made up! I like what you did with the plaid and the piping. Good luck with your next version!

Irene said...

Such a lovely dress! Love the way you handled the plaid.

velosewer said...

What a gorgeous outcome. You look stunning.

MushyWear said...

This is such a clever dress. So many neat design details!

Renee said...

Fantastic !! I really like the plaid on the bias and different color piping. Thanks for sharing your fit adjustment process. I like this pattern as well. I will definitely use your FBA as a resource.

Marti said...

Girl, I don't know you, but I think this dress is gorgeous! And you've convinced me to buy the pattern. :) Happy New Year!

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