March 31, 2014

Sew: Black & Grey Pixelated McCalls 6460


Following on from my Gridlock M6460, I hacked in to the pattern and made an excessive amount of alterations. I was a bit scared that I'd destroyed the pattern and even asked my mum to get me another copy of the pattern just in case. But it all worked out! 


The printed cotton sateen was a random find from Spotlight many moons ago, when they still had a store in Brunswick. My 4 year old chose it and it was destined to become another NL6000. It sat on the shelf for a long time and I glimpsed it one day sitting with a black piece of fabric while I was rummaging through my pattern stash. Lightbulb moment! I personally think the fabric pairing is verging on epic. I love it.

Look at that fit! I'm really enjoying tweaking patterns to suit my shape and preferences. I love the process of slashing and taping and tracing to get a perfectly fitted pattern. It's my inner geek coming out! 

Project Details
Pattern: McCalls 6460, size 16
Fabric: Printed cotton sateen from Spotlight & black cotton sateen from Clegs, lining from Clegs
Alterations:

  • 4cm sway back adjustment
  • Removed 3cm from back neckline at the centre 
  • Removed 3cm total from front neckline
  • Lowered bust darts by 2.5cm
  • Folded out a dart from the front and back 8cm below the underarm - removed 2.5cm total
  • Added kick pleat to the back
  • Lengthened by 7cm
Next time I will add more length. I will also probably merge the body of NL6000 with the sleeves and top of the this pattern. The body and bust darts of NL6000 are perfect on me but I really like the raglan sleeve. I think this combination will result in a perfect pattern. 


I have a few more items to blog before I catch up. I'm not sure what is next on my sewing table. Probably more work clothes. I really need more work clothes. I've also got another pair of Tessuti Anita pants and a Tokyo jacket on the list. Oh, and I really need to get back to that little black jacket... 

L x

23 comments:

  1. The mojo has definitely returned with another winner!

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  2. That is really lovely! I love the pairing of the black with that fabric, definitely epic ;-). I personally derive a great deal of satisfaction from pairing fabrics in my stash that I'd initially had no intention of sewing together...By the way, your hair looks lovely too.

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  3. Wow, this is awesome. I even think the length is perfect.

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  4. This is a great dress on you! I'm glad you are enjoying the fitting process, and your dress reflects your level of understanding it. Can't tell you how many times I've had that same sort of light-bulb moment by seeing two fabrics laid randomly together. I love those.

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  5. It's pixeltastic! looks great and the fit is great. The pairing with the solid black is a totally brilliant light bulb moment.

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  6. I absolutely love it! It is the perfect marriage of fabrics and pattern. And those alterations have certainly paid off - I think you have a new TNT.

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  7. Wow! Beautiful fit, and I really like your fabric choice. I wish I enjoyed the process of pattern altering. Maybe when I've had a bit more success, I'll start to enjoy it a bit more.....

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  8. That really is a pretty fantastic fit! And yes, those black raglan sleeves are most definitely epic. Great, great dress! You look amazing.

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  9. Awww, thank you! I do love red lipstick.

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  10. Thanks Liza Jane! Raglan sleeves are my fave at the moment.

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  11. You'll get there. It is a slow process. Thanks.

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  12. I am slowly mastering the fit. Finally!

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  13. Thanks Debbie! I hope the US is treating you well. Love a good stash pairing.

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  14. What a gorgeous dress, it's so flattering on you. That side profile is perfection - it's so satisfying getting a close fit after you've fiddled with a sway back alteration isn't it?

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  15. Totally! You've nailed the sheath dress perfectly. Thanks Kristy.

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  16. Nice hack!! Don't you just love it when it turns out as you hope? That fabric is gorgeous too :)

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  17. This dress is just perfect, you look beautiful! Well done with all the alteration, it fits so well.

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