Today I sewed up a quick knit dress….
The Myrtle by Colette Patterns.
It was very quick to sew on my normal machine and my coverstitcher, a Janome CPX 1000.
I didn’t make a muslin but did try it on my dress form before I stitched anything together.
I cut a size small, but realized the bodice was going to be too loose for my taste, so I ended up removing four inches at the waist.
Then I cut the skirt in an extra small because I could just tell by looking that the pattern runs pretty big. I was right. If you are a really thin person I would advise cutting this pattern WAY down. I don’t consider myself a small person, but a medium person, yet the extra small seemed to fit really well. I’m a size 6, not a 2, so I guess it runs big..
McCall’s 6489Simplicity 1716
The Myrtle has two layers in the front and is self lined instead of having just a long extension at the neckline that’s turned under. But the back has only one layer with hems that you turn under and cover stitch. I would only recommend using very thin knits for this dress since it could get very bulky with the two layers on the front bodice. And definitely fit it before you sew it or you may end up with a dress that’s too blousy looking. I prefer my big 4 versions of the cowl neck dress to this poorly fitted one. This dress would have looked like a potato sack straight out of the envelope. I bought this fabric in downtown LA at Micheal Levine’s Loft. It was$ 2.50 a pound so it was probably about a dollar. I’m, guessing it’s some sort of Modal cotton blend. Have you ever bought fabric by the pound? I know, right?.
I know some of “the rules” say women in their forties shouldn’t wear shorter dresses. But obviously, rules are really only a suggestion! I think a little knee showing is OK.