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|McCall's: 6698 (Misses'/Miss Petite Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.96 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Polyester Chiffon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Dress has close-fitting, lined bodice, flounces, shaped hemline, very narrow hems, and back zipper. Skirt and flounces: cut on crosswise grain, and wrong side shows. It has the fishtail skirt so popular in fashion today. The bodice is very simple, and will work well with many different skirt styles. |
Pattern Sizing:Combinations: AX5(4-6-8-10-12, D5(12-14-16-18-20
The pattern appeared to run true to size. Pay attention the finished garment measurements on the pattern tissue. There is very little ease built into the bodice of this pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?I think it was very close to the pictures and drawings. The pattern recommended linen for the dress. Being as there are three layers of fabric in the skirt, linen seemed very heavy for the dress. I suppose you could use it in one layer and something lighter in the others. It might be worth experimenting.
Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions were very well written. I think a beginner with limited sewing skills could make this dress easily by simply reading the directions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?The only thing I disliked about this pattern was the unfinished seam allowances show in the underskirt. The skirt is cut on the bias so fraying is at a minimum.
Fabric Used:I made this dress for my daughter's commencement, and she had to wear a cap and gown over it, and we live in north Texas, and it is hot here; I decided not to use the recommended linen. I chose a very lightweight polyester chiffon. It worked well for the occasion. Because is was very sheer, she wore a pair of leggings under the dress. It gave an almost 1940's vintage look to the outfit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I made many alterations to the bodice of this dress. The darts were too close to the midline. I moved them out about an inch. I also added about three inches to the waistline measurement. I had to decrease the back bodice length to account for her swayback. The pattern called for a traditional zipper. I chose to use an invisible zipper. They are far easier to put in. This was one of the times I actually made a muslin of the bodice and cut the fashion fabric from the muslin. I highly recommend that the novice sewer get in the habit of doing this. It makes fitting a breeze. Instead of doing a folded narrow hem, I put in a rolled hem using my serger. I used traditional serger thread in the lower looper and the needle. In the upper looper I used a rayon embroider thread.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I won't be making the dress version of this again, but I might make a peplum blouse. It is not because I disliked the pattern, it is because this is a dress that is very unique and making several seems to be a strange idea.
Conclusion: I like the ease of construction, and the way the finished garment hangs. It is very flattering. Having made a true muslin, I now have a well fitting bodice pattern that can be adapted for several other styles. Depending on the material chosen, you can make a real statement with the dramatic fishtail skirt in this dress.
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