McCall’s 6754 In Ponte Knit: Fit & Flare!

McCall's 6754

OK everyone. This pattern is a winner!

Easy to sew and I love the look of fit and flare. The ponte knit gives it some weight, and isn’t too thin and clingy. McCall's 6754

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.browndress2McCall’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. McCall's 6754McCall's 6754There 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.McCall's 6754I 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.McCall's 6754I 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.sleeve

…and sewed the bodice together this way…dresssides instead of setting in the raglan sleeves. Setting in raglan sleeves? Never tried that technique either, and didn’t want to take any chances..McCall's 6754    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!McCall's 6754browndress7     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!!!!”

“And is that her Dad down there on the sidewalk with the camera?”McCall's 6754

  Gold HasbeensWelcome spring and spring sewing!

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  1. says

    Great job!!! I love it! And great job to whoever took the pictures love the construction signs in there.

  2. Maria says

    It came out really well. Very flattering! Great fabric choice. And I love the shoes!! Where did you get them/can I buy a pair?

  3. says

    Love this dress, Justine! Gonna have to try this one. The pictures that your dad took through the street sign are really fun. He must be such a good sport!

    • justine says

      Thanks Jenya. I bought some clear elastic to sew into the seams if I make it again. I’ve seen it used this way in my ready to wear knit dresses.

  4. says

    Oh Justine, I love this!! You look gorgeous. I like the seaming on the top, and that circle skirt is so pretty and flowy looking. Nailed it!

  5. says

    Justine both dress and you look beautiful.. Your dad did an excellent job on the photography. Loved the story on him taking the photos at the road sign..Toooo funny.. Would love to have passed by too.ha
    Happy sewing.
    ps.. I am taping the sewing show..trying to catch you on there.. Havent had a chance to watch yet.. but really excited to see you. congrats.

  6. nothy says

    I love your dress. I have this pattern and haven’t gotten to it yet. Thanks for the tips on the neckline

  7. says

    Great fitting Justine. You look amazing. I like the way you finish the neck line and is so neat!

  8. says

    This dress is perfection!!!!!! LBDs are so great and I’m sure this one will get a lot of wear. At least if it was in my closet it would haha 🙂

    The three of us (and by three I mean you, me, and Bethany) should all meet up one day when we have completed garments to photograph and take photos together!