I’m back and I am posting about one of my recent me-mades. And, in an effort to stay on top of what I want to make, I think I’d like to go back to a make of the month type of thing. I really did enjoy that when I did it several years back, and it will give me the opportunity to try new things. I have an ever growing pattern collection, in addition to fabric collection, after all. (I am not just a fabric hoarder, you see.)
I attempted to make some new stuff last year, if you remember, with my make 9 list. Well that didn’t pan out at all. I don’t think I made a single thing from my make nine list, so probably a few of those will show up in the months to come. But today, I’m writing about a new oldie. Oldie in that I started it last year in July and then finished it in November, and new in that it was something I hadn’t made before. It’s already a few months old and has been worn plenty, several days in one week come to think of it. Needless to say, I like this dress.
McCall’s 6754 is the dress of discussion today. I’ve wanted to make this since back in 2014. I had the perfect crushed velvet material in mind, inspired some by a fellow blogger who has since disappeared from the blogosphere. I didn’t end up making it with velvet after all, but instead this neat double sided knit that is both polka dots and stripes: two of my very favorites.
It’s a princess seamed, raglan sleeved, circle skirted, knit dress and it’s an easy one to make. I know I said I started it in July, and didn’t finish it until November, that was for reasons not pertaining to the difficulty of the dress and when I make it again – which I will, probably in that velvet I originally wanted – it shouldn’t take long to make at all.
Everything about the dress was pretty straight forward, no hiccups whatsoever. You will notice though, my dress doesn’t have a straight hem. I don’t know how that happened. I hung the dress after making it for a few days before hemming it since it was a circle skirt and could stretch out. All was good and straight when I hemmed it then after washing it, I noticed it was noticeably longer on the sides. Perhaps it’s the material’s fault. I don’t have a problem with it being this way; I actually kind of like it. 🙂
The more I sew with knits, the more I like them. I hated sewing with knits way back when I didn’t know what I was doing. Following the directions makes all the difference! I expect I will be adding more knit fabrics to my searching status in the not too distant future. As far as this dress though, I am kind of thinking to make a version out of cotton and adding a zipper. I already used the skirt portion for a canvas type fabric skirt and it came out just fine with a back zipper.
Anyone else have any luck making a cotton dress out of knit intended pattern? Let me know what you think; I always love the feedback.