Let me introduce my latest dress, from McCalls pattern 6792:) This is a pretty new pattern. It was just introduced for the Fall season, however, I'm surprised there are no online reviews for it yet. None. Not even when I Googled it, could I find anything besides the pattern image and line drawings.
I know that at least one other person who has tackled it, and that's one of the talented ladies from my local Fabricville. I couldn't help but notice it displayed on one of the store mannequins. She sewed it as a colour-block version in two complimentary ponte knits. I definitely want to try the colour block version, and I already have fabrics on hand.
I knew I wanted to try this pattern as soon as I saw it! I think it's so cool!:) I love the colour-blocking effect, but it was the style that really attracted me. I've been wanting a simple dolman-sleeve dress for some time now. I purchased Vogue 1337 which also has a similar kind of sleeve. I think all the pleating on the shoulders and hips deterred me after reading some reviews (too much work, not that I think it would be unflattering). I do plan to sew it at some point because I quite like the 80's vibe, being a child of the 80's, ('81 to be precise;)
I think this pattern, McCalls 6792 also has an 80's vibe and much simpler to sew up. The fabric I purchased is from Fabricville. It's a printed rayon/polyester/spandex blend. It's so soft and cozy to wear! I just love it:)
This dress pattern is pretty easy to sew, so no long explanations are in order. As usual I'm including photos of the kitties, doing their typical lazing on my pattern pieces.
One of my cats got carried away and tore the
front pattern piece (bad kitty!). I used strips of interfacing to "tape" it back together.
I must say, if you want your dress to have *any* curves (besides the underarm seam) be prepared to make some adjustments. Shown here to the right is the centre back seam. It's straight. Pin straight. I wanted the option to wear it without a belt around my waist (without looking like a sack), so I took another dress I have that has shaping and used it as a guide to create some curves.
|Using my hockey puck "clappers" after pressing my neckband:)|
The pattern instructions tell you that you have 1 1/4" for the sleeve hem, but I thought that would be too much. I wanted my sleeves full-length, so I only hemmed it 1/2", using steam a seam lite 2 (for stability) and topstitching. Next time I'll add length to the sleeves so I can hem them properly:)
I did shorten the dress a bit to be a more flattering height.
And here it is again:) I love my new dress! I think I'll make another one before I put this pattern aside;)