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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Finished: McCall's 6886 and 7476

I posted here about wanting to try Rhonda Buss' cold shoulder mod tutorial on M6886 and I had this cool striped double knit in stash. Black and white stripes = classic!! And the stripe pattern was begging for something figure hugging. Light stripes at bust and hips (because yes please on those areas being accentuated!!) and dark stripes at the waist. And because I am still anti-long sleeves, I went with a shortened length here.


This pattern is cut 14/16/18 - 14 neckline and shoulders, 16 bust and waist, 18 hip. I'd initially used 3/8" seam allowances and went back through and took it in another 3/8" so a total of 1.5" all around. I keep forgetting I get a little swayback puddling in this dress but don't want a CB seam. I will do a cheater adjustment next time.

My stripes matched before I went back to take it in. Oh well.


I plan to use this pattern with mod for the contest; I will use the crew neck though instead of the scoop. Next time I will take just a PINCH from the top of the sleeve. It was slightly loose and I did a hack job when taking it in to pull that sleeve in closer to my arm. And I'll cut the shoulders in a little. Otherwise I really like it and it is a fun dress!





One problem - this fabric is WARM. So it's for winter. For sure. I'm a tiny bit bummed because I ordered a navy/white colorway at the same time and for me, navy/white stripes scream summer. But this fabric will be much too warm in any summertime garment.

Rhonda's instructions include everything so be sure to head over and check it out if you want to make your own! (nayy)

For the vest (which was actually made first!), I had the smaller envelope and went with a size 14. I did a slash and spread because we know I need extra butt room! I also needed more sleeve/arm room and will add there should I make this again. I love it, but not sure how many knit vests with cut-on sleeves I need ;-) I have seen cute versions with the collar but because I am a bit rectangle-y front on I always worry about the possible bathrobe look. So I'm glad I left the collar off.

I prefer it open



I really enjoyed making this. The patch pockets are a nice size, the band/facing went on perfectly ... it just went together well. The buttonhole was a challenge on my machine, even with the area interfaced (both sides).




I discovered I prefer it over sleeveless/short sleeves even though my initial plan was to pair it with long sleeved tops/dresses. I like the length and have worn it twice - with a dress and a skirt that hits just a few inches below the hemline.

If you were thinking about this one I'd definitely say give it a shot!

20 comments:

  1. Love the dress and sleeves. I have a passion for stripes.

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    1. Thanks Faye! I always have to talk myself into using a stripe because of the extra time to match but then I am always glad I did!

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  2. You are rocking this dress! And I love the vest, as it something that can be dressed up or down.

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  3. I just adore your dress!! (And A++++ for the arrangement of the light and dark stripes--total perfection!) I am going to bookmark that cold shoulder mod from Rhonda, since I have this pattern and would love to just alter it as you did. That's a bummer about the fabric being incompatible with summer weather, but hopefully you're able to rock it plenty of times before it gets put away for a season. It *needs* to be appreciated and flaunted in public. =)

    -Abbey

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    1. Thanks much Abbey!! I hope to get some wear from it :)

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  4. The dress is beautiful.. Looks so good on you too.. like the vest too..
    Happy sewing.

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  5. What a fun dress! It looks really good on you! I think the vest is cute too. I love to layer when it comes to dressing, especially because the weather here is so unpredictable.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Yes, layers are a must during winter!

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  6. The dress looks amazing on you! Fantastic stripe placement and I love the cold shoulders.

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    1. Thanks! I'm totally in love with it :)

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  7. Gorgeous dress - the stripe placement was just right. Love the vest too!

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  8. I love your dress! The shoulder is amazing and I like how you placed the dark and light stripes. Great work on the vest too!

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