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McCall's: 6792 (Misses' Top and Dress) - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:caper81
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Posted on:11/26/13 9:25 AM
Last Updated:11/26/13 10:32 AM
Project Photo:McCall's: 6792 by caper81

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, pullover top and dresses have seam detail. Narrow hem on necklines, and slits D. Designed for medium weight moderate stretch knits.

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Pattern Sizing: 8-16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, though it took me a few minutes to figure out how to sew in the colour-blocked piece.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just love this look! It's an easy-wearing style, that is very easy to sew.

Dislikes: Well, this dress has *not much* shaping to speak of. The side seams and centre-back seam are pin-straight. This is fine if that's the fit you're looking for or if you're planning to wear a belt to cinch in the waist.

For myself however, I wanted to wear this dress without a belt (and not look like a sack of potatoes). As in my last dress, reviewed here, I used a dress that I already had as a guide to add shaping to the side seams and centre-back seam.

Fabric Used: For most of the dress I used a Navy cotton knit that's made to look like a dark-wash denim. For the insert, I used a pink ponte knit.

Both knits are pretty stable, and were great to work with This was my first experience with ponte knit and it washed and dried well with not much shrinkage.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like I mentioned above, adding some curves to the side seams and CB seam.

I narrowed the skirt near the hem (one inch at each side seam) a bit to make it more "pencil-like" (more on my blog).

I actually sewed this dress using their recommendation (a double-stitched seam). I tried doing it another way, but the seams were wonky.

Note: I used a plain old *straight stitch* even though "stretch seams" or a narrow zigzag seam are usually recommended when sewing with knits. It just didn't work for me with this project, and my way turned out just fine

This isn't a change, but I thought I'd mention that I did use neck facings for this version, as my knit was a bit bulky for binding. I did lower the neckline slightly as I did in my last version, but didn't make it any wider (much better!)

I used a double-needle for the bottom hem and sleeves (I forgot to make them longer, watch the sleeve length, you may find it a bit short).

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely to both!!

Conclusion: Now that Christmas is just around the corner, I'm going to have to take a break from "me sewing", as I have plenty of things to do (including a few sewing projects for family I would love to sew this dress again in the New Year
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MrsCharisma said...
I love it! The contrast is so pretty and agree that adding some shaping works better. Now I want one! :)
11/26/13 9:52 AM
sewbehind said...
That looks really cute on you. Nice job.
11/26/13 9:59 AM
Melwyk said...
Oh, my, I love this! The shaping really makes the difference. The colour blocking is great, too. Have to move this one up on my list!
11/26/13 10:30 AM
sewmytime said...
Very pretty!
11/26/13 10:38 AM
LizJ58 said...
I've been wondering what this pattern would look like on a real person! Looks really good on you!
11/26/13 11:42 AM
ArtAttack said...
I love it! Adorable on you and great colors!
11/26/13 1:50 PM
atymonw said...
Such a wearable dress! And great save on the corner:)
11/26/13 3:35 PM
slmstyle said...
Nice dress! I like the fit changes you made.
11/26/13 4:10 PM
CissieW said...
Great dress. It doesn't look like the work of a "beginner" to me!!! Good job
11/26/13 8:38 PM
Chempac said...
What a beautiful creation! Nice color choices.
11/26/13 10:15 PM
SewWil said...
Beautiful dress. Looks great on you!
11/27/13 0:38 AM
caper81 said...
Thanks ladies! :) xo
11/27/13 10:04 AM
mangoflavor said...
This looks really stylish on you. Great job
11/27/13 12:24 PM
SewLibra said...
Super cute and shapely! I like your blog, too. I use a straight stitch on long seams on knits, as well. It almost always looks the best.
11/27/13 2:13 PM
beanchor said...
Lovely, love your color choices.
11/27/13 3:59 PM
Sue Parrott said...
So adorable on you! I just love this! It looks comfortable and cozy. Well done!
11/27/13 7:58 PM
1SewSweet said...
Very nice dress on you! I've added this pattern to my wish list!
11/27/13 11:44 PM
madbadger said...
Great dress! Love the color blocking!
11/28/13 10:30 AM
norie creates said...
I love your version! I have this pattern and have been reluctant to try it but I think I'll give it a go! Thanks for the shaping tip!
12/6/13 2:54 PM
janimal said...
This is great! I bought fabric for this yesterday. Grey and with a red block also. So pleased to read your tips before getting started. Cheers!
12/18/13 9:39 AM
janimal said...
This is great! I bought fabric for this yesterday. Grey and with a red block also. So pleased to read your tips before getting started. Cheers!
12/18/13 9:39 AM
sewin said...
This is so cute and trendy looking. Great job.
12/21/13 10:16 PM
JDpenelope said...
It's the new year. Are you going to make another one? This one came out great.
1/21/14 9:43 PM
Buttercookie said...
I love your shaping tip ! I made this dress an even went down a size and it was still "roomy " . I will make it again and follow you advice !
2/7/14 1:35 PM
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