I've been doing a bit of sewing. Finally! I'm now finding it hard to get photos of my makes as it is dark when I leave home in the morning, Mr Sew Brunswick has been travelling and I get home in my running gear not my handmade garments. I snapped these photos on my way out the door the other morning. Apologies for the poor light but this dress is a wearable muslin. A rather successful wearable muslin but a muslin all the same. I'm getting picky with the fit of my handmade garments.
The pattern is McCalls 6460 which is a sheath dress with various options. I chose view A with a darted raglan sleeve. Love the sleeves! You should all remember the fabric as the Gridlock Tessuti Competition fabric. I had a fair bit left and so did my Mum so I combined them to make another dress. You can see my original dress here.
The pattern sewed up relatively easily. The main problem is that you can't try the dress on until it is pretty much completely sewn together. This makes fitting it as you sew a bit difficult. I will wear this dress but I'm going to make it again incorporating all my changes.
I added blue ponti piping to the raglan sleeves to add a bit of interest. The blue piping around the neckline was a last minute decision. It was supposed to be turned in and topstitched down but I like the contrast around the neckline. I simply stitched in the ditch to secure it.
Pattern: McCalls 6460, view A, size 18 graded out to a size 20 hips
Fabric: Gridlock from Tessuti, blue ponti from Clegs for flat piping and binding, navy rayon lining from Clegs
Alterations: 4cm sway back adjustment, removed 3cm from centre back neckline
- Remove 3cm total from front neckline.
- Size 16 chest graded out to a size 18 hips.
- Lower bust darts by 2.5cm
- Fold dart out of front and back 8cm below underarm - remove total of 2cm at side seam
- Add kick pleat to back
Another dress for my work wardrobe. It's not a real winner but will get a bit of wear. I'm off to make the next version now while the changes are fresh in my mind!