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Sew Together For Summer Wrap Dress

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. 

Taking a good look through my pattern stash I found that I had several wrap dress patterns. However, during Me Made May I had the opportunity to wear that one handmade wrap dress.

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
I am super excited about this wrap dress

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.

             
Sewing Summary
Date June 17 Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
Pattern: McCall’s 6959
Version: Version B
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
Difficulty: Easy Rating:

Sailboat Dress

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
A sailboat dress needs to be taken to the water

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. 

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
This print, pattern and everything is just perfect for summer

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. 

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
McCalls 6959 is a great wrap dress, and you can bet I’ll be making it again

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! 

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.
Can’t wait to take my sailboat wrap dress to the actual beach

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?  

Sharing my latest make, McCalls 6959 wrap dress for the #sewtogtherforsummer challenge, made in a lovely a sailboat print.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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