This is the last dress I made in 2014 - although it wasn't the last thing that I made in 2014. If you follow me on instagram, you saw my holiday to make list - this was one of the 'for me' items and the only one I got completed.
The pattern is McCalls 6713 - but I made changes to the pattern. The funny thing is - Angie sent me the same pattern as part of the Curvy Sewing Collective Secret Santa - Thanks Angie!!
The fabric is an ITY that I bought from Fabric Mart and it screamed Pretty Woman to me. It got made up quick!
So - I mentioned that I made changes to the pattern. What where they you ask?
First - this is not the first time I've made this dress. I have 3 other versions in my closet, although only one has the hip flounce thing. The first version I made I retraced the skirt front using the center front line as a cut on fold line. I used that skirt piece for this version. I lengthened the skirt by 2" and I think the length is quite nice.
I added pockets. The only thing I ever put in my pockets is my hands - but how did I live without them?
Final - doing it my own way change? I cut two of the underlap bodice piece.
When sewing it up - I pleated the front shoulder excess into the shoulder seam rather than gathering it. In the other versions - the shoulders feel bulky. I like this. Also - because I only used the underlap pattern piece, the sides are pleated into the side seams. I also cut this version a size smaller than previous versions.
It looks like it might be a bit too tight in these photos, but it's not and I'm not self-conscious while wearing it.
Finally - for Nessa - Posterior for Posterity.
Final thoughts - I really like this dress. It feels grown up and classy (please don't burst my bubble if it doesn't look this way!). The skirt has just enough fullness to be really swishy, but I don't really have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction and the crossed bodice lays flat against me.
It's nice to think about how I wanted something to look and then to make it happen!
Feels good to be blogging again - I keep saying that - and then just fall right back out of it. I'll try to do better in 2015! Happy New Year everyone.