I’ve been on a ponte kick lately. In the last couple of months I’ve made 5 garments out of it, including this dress. Technically, this is just a wearable muslin, so it’s got a few issues to be worked out. But I still like it.
The pattern is McCall 6886.
My alterations included doing a forward shoulder adjustment (which has become standard for me), and I added 2 fish-eye darts to the back because I had a lot of excess fabric in the mid back. Next time I will also do a sway back adjustment. I may also peg the bottom of the skirt a little bit.
The construction was really straightforward. I sewed the sleeves in flat, and just turned and stitched the neckline. Easy peasy.
The fabric came from Michael Levine Loft, a fabric-by-the-pound store where you dig through boxes and boxes of fabric. When I saw this ponte, I wasn’t in love with it, because green isn’t really my color. But I picked it up thinking it would be good for muslin making. It turns out that I actually like how the fabric looks sewn up. But sadly, because it’s pretty low quality, the green stripes have started to pill. 😦 I was in NYC last week, and found some hopefully better quality striped ponte at Mood, so I’m planning to remake this dress soon.
I really like this pattern. It’s simple and easy to sew, the finished dress is super comfy to wear, and with a jacket, and I feel put together for work. Yay for secret pajamas!
I’ve been fighting what feels like a never-ending cold for the past few weeks, so I haven’t sewn a stitch in a while. (On the upside, my knitting time has increased. 🙂 ) It works out though since I’ve got a backlog of finished garments. Here’s another dress that I sewed last month. Right after I finished my last McCall 2401, I decided to cut another one. I was curious if it would work in a knit, so I pulled out some black ponte from my stash.
On this version, I dropped the neckline a little bit, and omitted the back zipper.
As you can see below, my sleeves are still not sitting right. I tried doing a forward shoulder adjustment, but I haven’t got it quite right yet. I need to go do some more research. Does anyone have any tips for this type of alteration?
The insides of this one are really boring. I used my serger to make things neat, although with this fabric I really didn’t have to, since ponte doesn’t unravel or fray.
I sewed a back kick pleat. Now that I think about it though, I could have skipped that too, given the stretch factor.
Overall, I like this version, but the dress is a little too big. I didn’t size down when I cut it out, and I suppose I should have. Next time. Nevertheless, the dress is really comfortable as is, and a cardigan or jacket can always cover up the wrinkles around the shoulders.