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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another Winner

Last weekend I stopped into Joanns to purchase some Vogue patterns on sale.  I happened to take a quick looks at the McCalls book as they were on sale as well.  I've recently had very good luck with Simplicity, McCalls and Vogue patterns.  And while I try to emulate Carolyn and use the same pattern over and over - I do get bored and want to try something new.  McCalls 6713 caught my eye and came home with me. 

During the past week - I was rearranging the fitness room as some of my sewing equipment - Lou, my hem marker and the full length mirror got relocated out of the fitness room due to a new piece of equipment.  I happened to lift the lid on a large rubbermaid bin and find a lovely stash of fabric.  This piece of cotton jersey happened to be in that stash.  It had enough stretch and was perfect to sample this pattern.  I traced the pattern with the only alterations being to shorten the back bodice by 2".  I'm really, really short from my neck to my waist in the back - 15 1/2".  See, really short!  I also cut the front skirt piece in 2 equal pieces with a seam down the center front.  I thought about cutting it on the fold, but the grainline didn't run parallel to the center front.  So - I cut 2 pieces.  Finally I added 3" of length to all the skirt pieces.  

For this version I didn't want the drape as my cotton jersey was a bit heavy.  I also didn't line the bodice for a couple of reasons 1.) I didn't have enough fabric and b.) my fabric was a bit heavy. 


Can you see the gathers?
Construction was fast and easy.  The most time consuming part was cutting - and I had to cut the right front twice.  When cutting pattern pieces out single layer it's important to make sure the same side of the pattern piece is facing up - otherwise you either flip the pieces or you have one piece where the wrong side is showing.  Thankfully I had enough fabric left to cut another right front.  That slowed the sewing down a bit. 

I wore this dress to work yesterday and it was comfortable and twirly.  I have another double sided jersey on my cutting table and have the cut on fold pieces cut already.  Version #2 will have the drape with the wrong side showing.  Now to get it cut.  Hopefully another new dress before the week is out. 

15 comments:

  1. Oh, I like this one a LOT. It looks great on you.

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  2. It looks great and I like the cheerful fabric pattern. I used to like Butterick patterns best, but you didn't mention them. Do you use them or have they changed since I stopped sewing?

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  3. I really like the fabric you chose and this silhouette is really working for you!

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  4. It is really lovely on you! In fact, I think I'll just pop over to the online shop and get myself the same pattern. And you've intrigued me about the double jersey - don't think I've seen that before. So inspiring today!

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  5. YOu amaze me. Another dress this week?? I love this one

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  6. This looks FAB on you! Love it :D :D :D

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    1. Thank you - now to just get used to standing in front of the camera! g

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  7. I love that fabric, and the dress! How nice that you found a surprise lurking in your storage bin. Hope you can crank out that second version before week's end, while you're still excited about it.

    Oh, and I get bored with my patterns all the time, and try out new ones. But I go back to the TNT ones time and again.

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  8. Love your dress - fab fabric too.

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    1. Thank you! This was such a quick make. The fabric came from Sew Baby a couple of years ago - lucky find. g

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  9. Pretty, pretty, pretty ! Love the print on the fabric.

    The neckline on the pattern looks low but on you it looks a good height. You didn't say you changed it, so that's good to know.

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  10. LOVE that dress, especially the happy fabric. But do explain double-sided jersey to me. Sounds like something I could love, along with ponte and french terry.

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  11. You make the most wonderful dresses! I'd like to see pictures of your closet! You make me want to sit down right now and start sewing for summer. I love dresses and imagine myself wearing lots of soft, twirly dresses like this one.

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  12. Hi there! I've copied you and my own 6713 has arrived in the post - so here I am looking up your fabric choice - the pattern suggests spandex but you used cotton jersey - there does seem to be more colour and pattern choice in the cotton jerseys, so I'd prefer to use that too. Do you think browsing cotton jerseys a good idea?

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  13. That is such a great dress, too! It's awesome on you!

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