Now, in the past, this would have resulted in a shopping trip. However, with the ready to wear fast, I only had my stash of patterns and my stash of fabric.
|My version of McCall's 6559 is much looser.|
For anyone who watched the national news, Sacramento is supposed to hit the first 100 day of the year this week. I believe we were in the 70's last week. I wanted something cool. No, not unique or fashionable. I wanted something comfortable when opening the door and feeling like I've stepped out into an oven, only to find that opening the car door was even hotter.
Well, this morning I decided I would make the dress that inspired a pattern and fabric purchase. I had seen Susie Homemaker, MD create. In fact, the day I saw her post, I immediately bought the fabric and then bought the pattern within days. I've been admiring the fabric, afraid to cut into it and ruin it for months.
Since I frequently don't get fit or sizing right the first time, I decided to try using a knit that I have had in my stash for 4 or 5 years. I only had one yard, but it was enough. This pattern is a front and a back. That's it. Two pieces. I looked at the bust, waist and hip measurements and decided to go with the 14 since the measurements came up with negative ease.
|Inside serged shoulder seam in navy thread.|
Inside of neck and arm hole hems using the cover stitch.
I used the serger to sew the shoulder and side seams. The pattern calls for hemming the neck, arm holes, and hem. So, I used Maris's from Sew Maris, tip for using the coverstitch to hem the neck, arm and hem. This was the most time consuming. I wish I knew how to use the attachments for my cover stitch machine by now, but I needed to do it in a way that I felt more comfortable until I do.
It was so exciting to see my cover stiched hems! It was like the feeling the first time I used my serger and had finished seams.
|The outside of the cover stitched hem.|
Yeah, I'm showing off my newest toy!
I love my new dress. However, I think it is too big. The dress is perfect for the heat. It skims the body and is not restrictive at all. I'm glad I didn't use the fabric that I wanted to. I will have to make another practice run in another fabric from may stash. The worst that happens is that I have another comfy hot weather dress.