Here’s another of the ponte dresses I made a few weeks ago, with a cardigan that I just finished over the weekend. Last winter I made a black ponte dress and wore until it was ratty, so I needed to replace it.
The pattern I used for the dress is McCalls 7085. It suggests woven fabric, so I cut a size smaller than I normally would. I also omitted the zipper and instead of a neck facing, I did a simple turn and stitch finish on the neckline.
My pattern alterations were minimal. I did a forward shoulder adjustment and lowered the bust darts a little bit. I think the hem of the dress could stand to peg in a bit more, but overall I’m happy with it. It’s a simple basic that I’m sure will get a lot of wear.
The cardigan is McCall’s 6696. I sewed view D.
I’m a little late to the game on this one, as it was a pretty popular pattern a while ago, but I’m glad I finally tried it. It was super easy to sew and it fits pretty well. Definitely repeat-worthy. I’d love to make it up in a sweater knit.
This is another piece of fabric from the bins at Michael Levine Loft. It’s a snake print jersey, that I picked up for muslin making. It’s probably a poly/cotton blend, but I’m not sure. I honestly didn’t like this fabric at all, but now that it’s sewn up, I’m kinda into it. I was careful when cutting so that the lighter less snake-like portion of the print would be at the center front, and I think that helps.
Here’s a couple flat shots. I sewed this on my machine with a stretch stitch and then serged the seam allowances. I suppose I could have just serged the entire thing. But I like the control the sewing machine gives me. Plus, I have a hard time committing to the serger straight away. I think it’s easier to unpick sewing machine stitches if I want to make a fit adjustment as I sew.
Does anyone else have serger-commitment phobia? Maybe one of these days I will just force myself to construct a garment directly on it, I’m sure it would save time.