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

First Lady Michelle Obama Inspired Dress

Happy New Year- Can we still say it it's only the 12th???





I had an interview I was anticipating, and I knew the look I wanted. It was a dress that was worn by Michelle Obama that I really liked. It was clean and plain, but I really loved it.





I wrestled with the thought of it, because I thought hmmm I could really pull this off, or I could end up looking the ushers at the funeral home!






I went through my patterns and found McCall 6989, I wanted a straight skirt so I used the Patterns for Pirates pencil skirt pattern and mashed it up it worked pretty well.



For the dress I used a black scuba knit picked up from Joann's and some white velour for the collar.

For the bodice I cut a 14 shoulder and neckline and 16 rest of the bodice. I found that the shoulder was to long. I did not want to cut through the serge stitching but the hanging shoulder was annoying me so I went to picking removed about a inch, and wrote down my shoulder length for future projects.
I also took in about a inch going down the arm area to the side, so not sure if it was being I was using a knit but this pattern seems to wrong big or maybe it was because I was using a knit type product.



I ended up doing a jacked up full arm adjustment on the sleeve pattern, which was a two piece sleeve pattern. And none of my adjusting books had instructions so yea I made up something.

 I will save you the agony of seeing the photos. I ended up pinching all the extra and then some out, once sewn together so that was a waste. The sleeve cap seem to have had a lot of fullness didn't really care to much for that, took some out.

I did do a sway back adjustment on the bodice because they have the lines on the pattern and worked pretty good




Overall for not doing a muslin first, or paper fitting, I really like the dress!
Wore it to the interview, and felt very FIRST LADY LIKE




Bodice Making McCall 6989

Finished Dress Bodice McCall M6989


Finished Dress



Close up of the Collar


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