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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Vogue 9109 – Easy Summer Tops

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There have been some great versions of this top made by sewists out there. Some have even turned the pattern into a dress. I’ve admired them from a distance until my friend Jennifer made a cute top with with this pattern a month ago. Fortunately Jo-Ann’s had Vogue patterns on sale that week.

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I made View A with an Italian cotton voile that I purchased from Britex a few years ago.

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I made View B with a polyester print from Hancock’s that I had purchased for another project that never got sewn. The pattern calls for purchased bias tape but I made my own. I thought the purchased tape might be too stiff for these two fabrics.

I haven’t seen the last of this pattern. These tops are quick to sew and are perfect for summer.

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Vogue 1809 – Good to Sew You Again Old Friend

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When a pattern has served you as well as this out of print DKNY Vogue pattern it deserves to be called “friend.” I’ve made this pattern over 20 times in the past 21 years and have never been disappointed.

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This time I made view C without the front fish eye darts. I didn’t want to break up the print of this scuba knit. I made this dress once before without the front and back darts and liked the look of it.

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For this dress I sewed the back darts. The scuba knit looked better with a little shaping. I added 1 inch to the length.  This is the first time I use a knit for this pattern. The dress is fully lined with swimsuit lining. I often use this when lining knit dresses.

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Below is the version I made 3 years ago without the front and back fish eye darts. It turns the dress from a sheath to a shift. I shortened the pattern by 3 inches and added a 4 inch band.

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I’m sorry that I don’t have any pictures of most of the dresses I’ve sewn with this pattern. Below are a few pictures of some cotton versions I’ve made.

I modified the neckline on the floral dress below. For the polka dot pique dress pictured below, I cut the pattern in two and added a contrasting band. Fellow sewing blogger Goodbye Valentino recently posted a gorgeous version of View B from this pattern on her blog. The front trim Sarah added is a great detail and beautifully executed.

This pattern sometimes comes up for sale online. If you like this style of dress I highly recommend tracking down the pattern. You will not be disappointed.

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Butterick 6562 – Eyelet Summer Top

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I had this eyelet in my stash waiting for a fun summer top pattern to come along. Butterick 6562 caught my attention because it offered some interesting options. The top is described as being fitted. I didn’t think it looked fitted on the pattern envelope but I was pleased to find out that it was.

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The shaped hemline is another detail that attracted me to this pattern. I lengthened the top by 1″ which is a common adjustment for me to make.

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I repositioned the buttons because there was going to be gaping at my bust between two buttons. I also wanted to add a button right below the band. Without it I was fearful that the band would sag at the middle front. I have a ready-to-wear top that has a button right under a band like this and I’ve always liked the way it looks.

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This was a fun top to sew and I’m glad I’ve added this top to my summer wardrobe. Now if it would only warm up on the Central Coast of California so I can wear it.

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McCall’s 6886 + Burda Style 04-2017-107 = Great Summer Dress

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I bought this stripe knit at Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, QC last summer while on vacation. I pictured a very simple dress from this fabric. While looking through my Burda Style magazines I came across the dress pictured below and knew this was perfect for my fabric. I love the back cut-out.

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Making the ruching shown here required the pattern pieces to be quite long and I didn’t have enough fabric. Also, I wasn’t interested in the center back seam.  It has ruching as well.

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I traced the Burda Style pattern and pulled out McCall’s 6886. It is my go-to knit dress pattern. The pattern never lets me down. I used the neckline from the Burda Style pattern and traced the back pieces onto the back piece of the McCall’s pattern.

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The dress was quick to sew and turned out exactly as I had pictured it.

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Simplicity 1276 – Waiting to Exhale

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That’s what it was like taking pictures for this blog post. Let me start by saying that my fabric has enough stretch that I can move (and breathe) in this dress. It’s just that the dress is a nudge more form fitting than I am comfortable with. If I had paid closer attention to the pattern picture I would have noticed this.

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My fabric has more stretch than the patterns calls for but the negative ease in this pattern makes for a dress that shows off my curves more than I like. I love the style of this dress but would have preferred it “looser”. As it is, I sewed it with 1/4″ seams once I saw where this was going.

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The pattern calls for the dress to be fully lined, which I always like. If I were to sew this pattern again I would sew the lining as one piece instead of using the same pattern pieces as the dress. I don’t like that the seams for the insets show through. I sewed my usual size 8 and besides sewing 1/4″ seams, I added 1″ to the length of the skirt. The dress was not complicated to sew and came together very well.

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Though I read a few reviews for this pattern before starting, I went back and read more when I realized how this was going to fit me. I found a blogpost mentioning the fact that this dress fits like a second skin. That pretty much sums it up for me. Though some people feel comfortable in “second skin” clothes, I’m not one of them.

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