So I’m looking forward to the summer! Here is another make which was started in January and has taken a while to finish ( it’s hard to motivate myself when there’s snow on the ground, it’s raining and the fine weather need seems to arrive)
This was my first Project at The Cotton Club, a dressmaking club I joined this year which is a great way of meeting other sewists and learning new techniques.
The theme for the half term make was to use a pattern you already owned ( post Christmas economy) . I went one further – I used a pattern I had acquired free at a pattern swap ( from memory at The Sewing Weekender last summer- as it was a swap I didn’t look too closely at the details, just the model in the picture)
and fabric I already had in my stash- a cotton fabric I think in purchased in Goldhawk Road c 2016 which definetely qualifies for #sewyourstash
When I looked at the pattern closely I realised it wasn’t quite what I wanted…… which was probably McCalls6696!
Despite the appearance of a collared dress , the collar is not part of the dress. It is actually a shirt worn under a collarless, sleeveless almost pinafore Design.
There is a side zip – I find these uncomfortable.
The front buttons only go down to the waist.
And finally , the instructions were missing!
Undetered by these minor(?) differences, and determined not to spend more money on patterns, I altered the existing pattern to give me what I wanted.
Getting rid of the zip was easy ( just sew the side seam together) and was not a problem as I intended to extend the button placket all the way down the front of the dress for opening. My Janome automatic buttonhole Stitch did wonders at making perfect identical buttonholes ( all I had to calculate was the spacing) , and I used some flower shaped buttons to echo the fabric design
I used the blouse pattern to redraft the front of the dress to a higher neckline for the collar, and the collar pattern piece from the blouse, which would then fit the neckline.
I slashed the front skirt panel piece down the centre, adding allowance for button placket , plus then readjusting the pleating to allow for this.
I have done enough dressmaking to manage to put the dress together without the pattern instructions , but half way through the process Simplicity came up trumps and sent me a pdf of the instructions which was useful as a check
All edges have been top stitched using a twin needle.
The finished dress in the unseasonal U.K. April weather
Yes- it’s got pockets
I am really pleased with the results. It’s just what I wanted!