So, I'm back. I'm taking it slow and attempting to pace myself. Pacing is not easy for me.
I did managed to get some sewing done. I also have some works in progress, but I want to get to one of my favorites.
Our sons' elementary was having its 50th anniversary celebration. This was also Mr.Toad's elementary so I had no choice but to go. Since it was hot, I wanted something comfortable, casual and nice to wear. After my first attempt at McCall's 6559, I kept thinking of how I could make it fit better. I felt like the neck was too wide. I had an idea. Why not take the extra out of the middle of the dress? I had my fabric all washed and waiting patiently to be cut, but I decided to see how it might look.
I grabbed my first attempt at McCall's 6559 and pinned the front and the back, taking out about 1/2 inch from the front and the back. Much, much better.
Super Quick Maxi
I went to work and folded 5/8" from the center of the pattern and cut out the front and the back. This time, I thought I would try it as a maxi dress. If I didn't like it, I could always shorten it.
Like the first time, this was a quick sew. I used the hemming attachment on my coverstich for the hem. To use it, I measured and pressed the hem. Then, I just put the fabric through the attachment and it gave an even, effortless hem. Unfortunately, I had some trouble with doing the the same on the neck and the armholes.
Since I was having trouble using the coverstich on the armholes and neckline, I decided to just use my widest rolled hem foot on my sewing machine. This was super quick and super easy. Of course, it took me a long time to use the rolled hem foot. I'm sure that I will eventually be able to use the coverstich as easily in time.
Even with picking the wayward coverstich stitches from the neckline and armholes, this awesome $10 maxi dress took less than 45 minutes. That includes changing thread in the serger, cover stitch, sewing machine and clean up.
We had a great evening and I had a bunch of compliments. I may need to make another. I already have a grey, teal and purple chevron washed and waiting to go.