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?|
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.