McCall’s 7016 – Shawl Collar Knit Dress

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While in Granby, QC this past summer I paid a couple of visits to my favorite fabric store, Tissus Mode de l’Orme. I’ve always returned home with a suitcase full of amazing fabrics from this store. This past summer was no different. As soon as I saw this lightweight textured knit with 4-way stretch I knew it had to be a dress. I’ve had McCall’s 7016 in my stash for a while. I figured the lightweight fabric would lend itself well to the flounce.

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The crossover front was perfect for this lightweight knit. I plan on making the version without a flounce as well in a beefier knit at some point.

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Other reviewers have commented about the collar being too wide. I’m adding my voice to that observation. I meant to make that change and forgot about it. I like the look of the wide collar in the front but it winds up being too wide for the neck and back. It would sit much better if it was a little narrower.

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I added 1″ to the front and back. I’m 5’7″ and was worried the dress would be too short. I’m happy with the finished length.

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I can’t resist a good twirl when there’s a flounce involved.

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Butterick 6456 – Flounce Sleeve Top

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I’ve had this lightweight textured polyester in my stash for a couple of years. When I saw Butterick 6456 View D I figured my fabric would lend itself well to this style. It did.

There was nothing complicated about this pattern. I sewed it straight up without any alterations. It was a quick sew.

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I’m a sucker for an interesting sleeve though this one didn’t prove very practical over dinner. I like the slightly shaped hem on this top.

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I wore this top to see the “Contemporary Muslim Fashion” exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. I first read about this exhibit in Vogue magazine and was so glad to see that it was going to be in San Francisco.

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The exhibit featured 80 ensembles in a wide-range of styles. There were Muslim designers from around the world as well as designers such as Yves Saint-Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier. The exhibit was beautifully executed and did a wonderful job of showcasing modest fashion. Not only did I enjoy the clothing very much but the personal narratives along with the documentary photography enhanced the experience for me. I highly recommend this exhibit to anyone who has an opportunity to see it.

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Butterick 5559 – Scuba Knit Dress

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I’m still catching up on blogging the last of my summer sewing projects. I first made this dress a few years ago in a navy ponte. I wore the dress quite a bit and the fabric was starting to show some wear. It was time to let the dress go. That may sound a bit dramatic when it comes to discarding clothes but when I sew something for myself I develop a “bond” with it. The planning, anticipation, execution and challenges faced along the way all create a special memory for me and are part of the experience of sewing my me-made wardrobe.

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The previous dress served me so well that I knew I needed to make another one. This version was sewn with a medium weight scuba knit. I’m happy with my fabric choice.

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The only change I made to this pattern was to add 1″ to the length. The longest part of sewing this dress is marking the tucks.

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The dress is very distinctive with the tucks in the front and back but that might not stop me from making a sleeveless version. I really do like this pattern very much.

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Butterick 5950 – Another Summer Knit Dress

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Most sewists in the Northern Hemisphere are turning their sewing thoughts towards fall. Not me. I’m still catching up on the summer sewing I had planned for this year. I made View C from Butterick 5950 last fall and have wanted to make View A ever since.

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I used an ITY knit that I purchased a couple of years ago from Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, QC while on vacation.

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My fashion photographer caught me finding an uncut thread… And now that I see the picture I need to fix one of my seams which is 1/4″ off.

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I lengthened the bodice by 1″ and added 1″ to the skirt as well. Someone pointed out that the dress does not sit at my natural waist. I never noticed this until then. I had pulled on the lining to get it nice and flat for the pictures and by doing this I lowered the waistline. Once I move around in the dress the waist gets back in place. This ITY knit is very stretchy.

The pattern calls for a zipper in the back but I omitted it. The dress is easy to get on and off without the zipper. I kept the back seam because it provides some shaping. I also added binding to the back neck and armscye. The pattern simply has you turn and stitch. I prefer to use binding.

I also lined the skirt with swimsuit lining. Below is a picture of me wearing my dress inside out. I only lined the skirt because I didn’t want to mess up the front drape by having the lining interfere with it. I cut out separate skirt pieces from the swimsuit lining and attached them to the skirt prior to sewing it to the top.

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This is a simple knit dress with some great lines that create a flattering style.

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Butterick 6495 – Striped Knit Dress

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This Butterick Lifestyle pattern never caught my attention until I saw a version of this dress online with an irregularly striped fabric. I had the perfect ITY knit in my stash. I didn’t get a chance to make the pattern earlier in the summer but I was determined to get it sewn before starting on my fall sewing.

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The pattern is not lined but I usually line my dresses, especially in ITY knits. I used swimsuit lining in this case. I cut out the front and back pattern pieces and sewed the side seams before basting the lining to the top of the dress. Next I attached the bands and continued per the instructions. The neckline is sort of a v-shaped bateau neckline.

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Sometimes there’s just not a lot to say about a project; I was inspired, I sewed it without incident and I’m happy with the result.

I’m grateful for the sewing inspiration available online. I’ve said it before, discovering the online sewing community was a game changer for me. Sewing can be a lonely hobby but having ways to connect with fellow sewists is motivating. I recently discovered that one of my neighbors also sews. She found me on Pattern Review.com and reached out to me. It’s fun knowing that someone else in the neighborhood is also rocking the sewing machine.

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New Look 6071 – Summer Knit Dress

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I’m still counting on some warm weather here on the Central Coast of California so my summer sewing continues in earnest. I made New Look 6071 with sleeves a few years ago and have always wanted to make a sleeveless version.

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I bought this ITY knit at Tissue Mode De L’Orme in Granby, QC last summer while on vacation. I purposely shopped for knits that I could use to make simple summer dresses. I’ve decided that these dresses are just right for the hot humid weather we experience when travelling as well as the cooler weather we have on the Central Coast. I can add a lightweight jacket and I’m good to go.

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I didn’t make any changes to the pattern and sewed my usual size 8. This was a quick sew with good results.

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I think this style of dress is flattering and easy to wear. This pattern is definitely worth hanging on to.

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McCall’s 6696 – Eyelet Shirt Dress

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I’m behind on my blogging. It seems that “stuff” keeps getting in the way of my fashion photographer and I taking the time for a photo session. I’m finally here with McCall’s 6696. This pattern was included in the Best Patterns of 2015 AND 2017 on Pattern Review.com. I’m a little late to the party on this one but this is definitely a case of better late than never.

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I bought this cotton eyelet at Fabrix in San Francisco with McCall’s 6696 in mind. The pattern included a slip which I chose to make. I made the collar slightly narrower. I removed about 3/8″ from the points tapering to nothing at the center back. I did not have to lengthen the bodice which is something I normally have to do. I added one button at the bottom of the dress to prevent the slip from peeking out. I also omitted the pockets because I didn’t want them showing through the eyelet.

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I love a shirt dress! This pattern lived up to its reputation. I have some fabric purchased in Copenhagen lined up for another one.

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