Completed: McCall 6886

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.

McCalls 6886

The pattern is McCall 6886.

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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.

McCalls 6886

McCalls 6886

The construction was really straightforward. I sewed the sleeves in flat, and just turned and stitched the neckline. Easy peasy.

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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.

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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!
McCalls 6886

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Completed: Another McCall 2401

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.

McCall 2401

On this version, I dropped the neckline a little bit, and omitted the back zipper.

McCall 2401

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?

McCall 2401

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.

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mccall 2401

I sewed a back kick pleat.  Now that I think about it though, I could have skipped that too, given the stretch factor.

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mccall 2401

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.