Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

Once I was Caterpillar...Now Im a Butterfly Mccall M7406

Happy Hump Day


Can I start off by saying how much I love this fabric!!!! When I saw it on fabric mart website, it was a precut offering 4 yards I had to have it. Even though it was a pretty busy print... I wanted it.
The description of the fabric
Stone Gray/Soft Black/Burgundy/Multi Butterfly Print Cotton/Rayon/Lycra Jersey Knit 60W


 
I knew I wanted a wrap dress, (I love a wrap dress fyi you will see a lot of them from me).
I never had much success with store wrap dress, they tend to hit me all in the wrong spots. Now that I can sew and beginning to alter patterns, I will have a closet full of wrap dresses.
Moving right along, this pattern was made for woven, and stable knits, so I wasn't sure how it would work out for me.
I cut a size 16, and graded to a 20 for the hips. Because well these hips don't lie.





The pattern called for bias tape for the back neck, but since I was not working with a woven, I ended up cutting a piece of bias tape from the main fabric and attempted to make some bias tape. Did I do it right who knows, but it’s neat and clean.


I guess technically I could have used regular bias tape....


 Also this is a real wrap dress, only held together by the ribbon and the ties. The ribbon I used, well I didn't have any so I used some bias tape. I have to take the bias tape out and use something stretchy. Maybe I have enough fabric left over to make the inside ties.


I did drop the dart, yay me first time! I dropped it an inch. 


For the hem, I like my dresses to touch the floor so instead of doing a 1 inch or 5/8 hem, I only did 1/2 inch. So I could keep some of princess feel! Well I feel like a princess.
I made View C, with B sleeves
The back has darts, I wasn't sure how that would work, but they are perfect! I love that.
 
This pattern is considered a beginner pattern, I think it’s good for experience. It did take me longer than I expected probably because of my fabric choice, and have to make the bias tape. Nevertheless


I love this dress.. And will be wearing it next week.


Well that's it for now until next time


Sew on!



McCall M7406

Front View C length

B sleeves




McCall M7406

Front View  Close Up




Mcall M7406

Side View

B sleeves




Butterfly in the Sky

McCall 7406






Mcall M7406

Side  View C length

B sleeves




Mcall M7406

Back View C length

B sleeves





Moved Dart McCall M7406

My moved Dart

cant see it well but its there

 





 

Rastafarian inspired McCall 7348

Hey

Well its Saturday and what better way to spend a Saturday, sewing. I have about 10 projects lined up with fabric matched yay me! So I decided to start with this project. 
McCall's 7348

I have a love hate relationship with high low hems, not sure if I like how they look on me, but I decided I wanted to make this pattern View D, with C arm for the fall weather. This fabric is a little thin, which I'm okay with I will just wear a slip with it! Yessss a slip I still wear slips.

The fabric was purchased from LGD Textiles, they have a facebook group as well as a website now.
Its a rayon spandex blend and it was a pretty easy fabric to work with.

I did add pockets to dress, because dresses with pockets are so much better. I checked out a couple reviews before I cut this fabric out and I decided to add two inches to the front piece, which I am glad I did. 

The pattern calls for a 5/8 hem, I did a 1 inch hem all the way around, mainly because I use double sided hem tape and its 1 inch.

My neckline is not perfect to me, the top part of the neck band does not lay flat, maybe that's not the correct description but its a little funky. 

Before I checked the pattern measurements, I was going back and forth on if I was going to cut the size L and grade for the hips. I often times forget about the ease in a garment, lucky for me I did look at the pattern final measurements, and the Large would work fine, no grading needed!

I have to admit I did not feel like doing a bicep adjustment so I just cut out the XL sleeve and eased the extra in.

One last note, the pattern package says for View D you would need 3 yards, I only had 3 yards and I wanted sleeves, I Was able to get all pieces on 3 yards. Just in case you are wondering yardage needed. I folded the fabric all the way over and squeezed in the sleeves on the selvage side, since the body pieces were cut on the fold.


I love this dress and look forward to wearing it.

Until next time 

Sew on 


McCall M7348
All cut out


McCall M7348
Neckline close up


Added pockets


McCall M7348
View D Front


McCall 7348
View D Side View


McCall M7348
View D Back Low Hem











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