Sew Together For Summer
Times to share my latest submission for yet another fun summer sewing challenge. This time Sarah from Sew Sarah Smith along with Suzy and Monika to bring once again the Sew Together For Summer challenge.
This year’s theme was a wrap dress, which seems to be a quite popular look right now.
I missed the deadline for the challenge last year but this year I planned out my project and managed to get it done before the deadline.
McCalls 6959 Wrap Dress
I was excited about this project because while I love a good wrap dress I only have a few in my wardrobe and only one is handmade.
It was a cotton spring floral print and the fit was perfect. I loved that dress when I made it back in 2015 and wore it all the time until it got a bit snug 😥
Luckily, this May I tried it on and it fit. Just like before I had fallen in love with it and despite my many pattern options I decided to make another version of this dress using McCalls 6959.
|Size:||Size cut out or graded to|
|Notes & Modification:||Cut skirt pieces in half and added seam allowance to accommodate for small fabric width|
|Recommendations:||Make many more|
I knew what pattern to make all I needed was the fabric. I found this lovely cotton quilting sailboat print in my stash and felt it was the perfect novelty print to represent a summer dress.
With the fabric in hand, I got to laying out the fabric pieces but discovered that while I sort of had enough fabric it wasn’t wide enough for the skirt pieces.
I went back and forth on my options but my heart was set on turning this fabric into this very wrap dress. Thus I did a little tinkering with the pattern and found that if I cut the skirt pieces in half and add seam allowance it would work.
So, instead of having to cut two front pieces and one back piece as the pattern directed, I cut four half pieces of the skirt front and two half pieces of the skirt back. This means that I have more seams around the skirt but the main side seams still lined up and everything looks like it’s supposed to.
Since getting my serger I’ve been using it to finish seams of all my projects. However, since this was a nice cotton dress, I decided to really make the inside look pretty. So, I took the time to use my favorite finishing method by adding french seams throughout the project, save for the seam attaching the facing, which I did serger.
Ready For Summer
What can I say I love this dress. It turned out exactly how I wanted it! I love the white contrasting fabric which is a great place to showcase my many nautical novelty brooches, which match so well with this dress.
The fit is great, which is perfect because it’s the same size I used for my first one and because that one fits again that means I’ve been losing weight, woohoo!
I love this print so much and I plan to get a lot of wear out of it this summer, especially when we head to the beach. But for now, I’ll be wearing it around our neighborhood pond.
Did you take part in the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge? Have you ever went back to a pattern you hadn’t made in years just because you love it so?