OK everyone. This pattern is a winner!
This ponte knit I found for two bucks a yard at the FIDM store, (score!!!) is super nice. It has a nice amount of stretch and recovery and it washed well. I wish I had bought more now! I’m finally figuring out that when I go shopping and find a fabric I like, but aren’t sure what to do with, that I should buy three yards instead of one or two. Three yards is the magic number. Then you can usually make whatever you want later, be it a jacket, or dress with a circle skirt like this one.McCall’s 6754
This was a well designed pattern. However, it runs big like most big 4 patterns. After reading several reviews on Pattern Review, this is a popular pattern, I knew to sew it in a smaller size. According to my measurements, 37, 28.5, 37, I wear a 14 in McCall’s, but I usually cut a 10 or 12 with good results. This dress came in XS, S, M, L , and XL. I cut a small, which should fit size 8 to 10. There was plenty of room. But I did lengthen the princess seams an inch in between the notches for a simple FBA. I’ll post on how I did that later this week. I probably didn’t even need to do one. The bodice pieces are cut on the bias, and this gives even more stretchiness to the top. I think the bias fabric creates a tiny lump in the center front seam,which I’m not crazy about. Maybe it will tighten up in the wash.I hope the bodice doesn’t end up stretching out too much because it’s on the bias. I’ve never sewn knits on the bias, only woven, so time will tell. Because of the bias being easier to fold over, I think, the directions ask you to simply fold over the neckline seam allowance and stitch, a technique that made me feel nervous. Would I get a sloppy homemade look from just folding and stitching? I didn’t want to take a chance, so I used a clean finish self bound neckline treatment and sewed it on in the round.I also shortened the raglan sleeves about 2.5 inches in the center, and graded it back to the original at the sides, to create more of a cap sleeve.
…and sewed the bodice together this way… instead of setting in the raglan sleeves. Setting in raglan sleeves? Never tried that technique either, and didn’t want to take any chances.. My father and photographer Fred, had a cool idea to get some shot of me through the street work sign. But he had to crouch down and take it from the ground. We made quite the pair standing in the street there, the photographer and model! Of course, a dad and friend I know, just happened to be driving by down that busy street in front of the Oil Museum at that moment, and he started honking and all the kids, there were about 6 in all, were hooting at the window. “Look, there is Mrs. A!!!! Looking good!!!!”