Making a Maxi
Pattern Review: McCall's 6744
The Summer sewing continues, this time with the maxi dress version of McCall's 6744. I did attempt to make this version of the pattern before here but I ended up having to cut the skirt down. I have been wanting to have another go and finally got around to it as part of my sewing group's Summer Sew-a-Long.
This time I managed to cut everything out correctly as I had plenty of fabric. This fabric is an ITY knit from Saeed's Fabrics in Walthamstow. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but I think it was around £4-£6 per metre. It washed and sewed perfectly. In fact I rarely have any problems handling ITY knits.
I made very minor alterations to this. I remembered that the bodice had a large amount of ease last time so I cut a small and graded out to a medium on the hips. I graded in 1" in length on the bottom of the bust which I count as my lazy FBA. Lastly I added a couple of inches on the bottom so I could wear this with heels. FYI I am almost 5 ft 8" so it is rare that patterns are every floor length for me. I am planning on wearing this dress to a wedding this summer and then I plan to take up the hem an inch so I can wear it afterwards with flats.
This is a super simple dress, but I love the details such as the elasticized shoulders and front split in the skirt. Incidentally I didn't have enough fabric to pattern match the front but it worked our pretty well! I also appreciate that neckline is not too low and how the Grecian style makes this garment feel very elegant and feminine. Here is a close up of the shoulders.
I have a couple of other summer dresses and a skirt cut out on the sewing table. Just by looking at the fabrics I can tell that I see them as transitional items that I can wear with tights later this year. However, the sun has finally come out in London this week so I am going to be wearing my summer makes as much as possible in the meantime!
How has your seasonal sewing been going?
Anyone started making Spring/Autumn sewing plans yet?