Happy New Year everyone! It’s my first Saturday back in my own house since traveling to Minneapolis for the holidays and it is delicious. It feels so good to be home, be lazy, and do whatever I want in my own house. And it feels good to start some new sewing projects. Today, however, I’m sharing with you a couple of dresses that I made over Thanksgiving break but never had a chance to blog. The first one is a hot pink flounce skirt dress made with McCalls 7046 and the second dress is everyone’s favorite dress pattern: McCalls 6886. It was my first time making 6886 and I cannot believe I’ve waited all this time. It’s the perfect most easiest dress pattern ever. For more photos and construction details, read on!
I made McCalls 7046 in a hot pink ponte knit that I bought at The Fabric Store in L.A. this past summer. It was a really easy fabric to sew with and I love the color. Unfortunately, I stretched out the neck when I was hemming. Finishing knit fabrics is still my sewing achilles heel even though I’ve learned to finally embrace knits. To remedy this issue, I added a couple of pleats around the neck and I hope it looks like an intentional design detail.
The pattern calls for rouching at the sides, which was very easy to install with elastic. I’ve never used elastic to gather fabric before, but it’s pretty brilliant. So I learned a new technique! In fact, the second new technique I learned was how to create a scalloped hem. I followed this technique here. Essentially, you’re using the blind hem stitch on your machine to “catch” the hem in even intervals as you go along and that creates a scalloped effect. It’s very pretty.
Ultimately, I’m not in love with this dress. It’s pretty, but I think this combination of fabric and pattern does not flatter my body. I feel like I look heavier than I am when I wear it. I think it would be better suited for a matte jersey. The model on the envelope is wearing her version in a jersey knit, so there you go. Next time . . .
The second sweater dress I made was created with everyone’s favorite sweater dress pattern: McCalls 6886. Raise your hand if you’ve sewn up this pattern before. It’s wonderful, right? I used this knit fabric that I bought at Hancock Fabrics a year or two before they closed. I had it in mind for a different pattern but then never got around to it. I love this dress. I opted for the long sleeve sweater dress version because DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA! I’ve worn and washed it several times since making it. It’s such an easy pattern and I think it has a slimming effect. Perhaps that’s why it’s everyone’s favorite pattern?
I easily finished the hems and sleeves using the narrow hem feature on my serger. I even finished the neckline this way. You can sew this pattern up from start to finish in less than two hours. An hour, maybe, if you’re really hustlin’.
I much prefer this dress on me than the pink one. I just feel so much more like myself in this dress. It’s comfortable but I still feel like the cool girl.
So what do you think? Which dress do you prefer? If you’ve made 6886 before, link it up below in the comments. I’d love to see your version!