This is what I’ve been so busy with this week:
The pattern (McCalls 6110) caught my eye because it’s a similar shape to a royal blue sun dress I always wear to death over the summer months, plus it reminded me of a chemise a la reine with the gathered front, under-bust tie and loose back.
I got a rather pretty cotton print from a market when I visited my Mum last month. I like that it’s floral but still quirky: it looks almost far eastern in parts and it’s got lots of my favourite bright colours – turquoises, pinks and deep blueberry blues.
I made the knee-length version and changed the original pattern slightly, removing the ‘apron’ at the front, but keeping the pockets – I love dresses and skirts with pockets! I haven’t made the fabric flower, but I probably will make some at some point and have them on a brooch pin. I also made it with a double hem as I wanted top-stitching there to echo the top-stitching on the pockets and because I used a pretty turquoise thread!
And here’s the result of my efforts (sorry, rubbish phone pictures – my camera is still dead! I promise I’ll charge my gent’s camera):
That’s me after getting home from the dress’s maiden voyage last night. It’s lovely and cool for the summer and I’m really pleased that it covers my bra straps, but still shows off some skin for tanning and cooling purposes! I did note that it gapes a little in front – the straps need shortening slightly and next time I might make it with a slightly narrower neckline.
What I’ve Learnt
- I can’t leave a pattern alone – before I even went near my main fabric I was messing around with tissue and calico to get the shape and dart of the stay piece just right. On this occasion I think it was justified – a standard bust to under bust shape just would not work, and surely the point of making your own clothes is having it fit nicely? But, yes, I do just tend to fiddle with patterns, it seems!
- There’s satisfaction in making your own clothes, but there’s even more when the insides loook pretty and neat, too – I love that the facing on the back yoke and front bodice covers all the inner seamlines (and was sewn down with tidy little slip-stitches) and this brings me to my next lesson learnt …
- I love self-bound seams! The pattern says to do double-stitched seams, but I wanted to try something different, so I ended up with these very slim little self-bound seams. They’re so neat and pretty – I’m quite pleased. No more messy straight seams for me!