Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FINISHED: McCall's 6884

Like many women, and most busty women, I love a good wrap dress! I had a few that were closet staples over years and they've since gotten too small (hahaha! THEY got small; I did NOT get larger!)

I have several wrap dresses in le 'ole pattern stash but wanted quick and easy. So I went with M6884.

I thought I'd cut this pattern out before, but I realized, when I pulled it out, that I got annoyed that the 4 different views are all on ONE pattern piece and there's like a thousand lines; cut here for A, here for B, here for C, here for D. Meh. So I put it away. I almost put it away again this time! :) Knowing I was mostly interested in views A and D, I went ahead and cut it instead of tracing.

I envisioned an easy going dress that I could layer over tights and boots and look all fabulous when I take a me-day and finally(!!!) get my braces off (9 days!).

Like I said in the last post, I was suspicious of it's booty-liciousness and got it to the point of trying on yesterday. I stuffed it in my work bag and ended up trying it on in the bathroom.


So yeah, a little more than what I was bargaining for to visit the orthodontist! :) That fabric at the hip is because I do not curve NEARLY as much as the pattern did! 

I started with a size 16, which has finished bust of 39.5 and hip of 42.5. I sewed it with 3/8" seam allowance because I was skeptical - so adding 1" all around - and then ended up removing all that excess in the hip. Also, using the 3/8" sa in the sleeve made it PERFECT. 

I do need to add a wedge at the back pattern piece for my behind. It's higher in back than in front.





It feels shorter than it looks.

Instead of turning and stitching the neck opening, I made a long strip and serged it in place, and then turned and stitched that. This fabric isn't happy being sewn just two layers. It needed a nice thick base to feed through my machine -or- stabilizing with fusible. I used the fusible on the front skirt openings (which provide adequate coverage, by the way!) and did a double turn and stitch on the hem and sleeves. 

I didn't intend on having long sleeves and if I did, these wouldn't quite cut it. So beware of that.

Oh and I fully intended to add about 6" to the ties because I wanted to wrap them around. Totally forgot and they are too short to come back around to the front and still look good.

Shorty ties when wrapped around
Front band
Hem - look at how neat that is! Go me!!
Coverage on the front skirt

I really like how this came out and can't wait to make the long version next summer with this gorgeous ITY I have.

Oh and like someone mentioned on their blog recently; unless I say otherwise, my fabric came from Fabric Mart! LOL!!!

I have this in 3 colorways and it's all lusciously soft and presses nicely!


LOVE it!!!!

**Oh, almost forgot!!! Since my photographer is now a busy working woman :) I found a way to get pictures all by myself! This was taken at like 9:30 p.m. and the color is pretty true, but we have what I'd guess is 1 gazillion watts in our dining room light (it has a dimmer, but on full blast - woah!). I propped my phone up and used the timer (yay iPhone!) and after about 8 tries - score!

Now I have put a tripod for cell phones on my Christmas wish list. Woot!


37 comments:

  1. Oh I love it! It fits you so well and looks great!

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  2. LOVE this dress on you. Such a nice classic look but also very contemporary. And why did I know that that fabric is from FM?! Yeah, I need to make the same fabric note on my blog :) I made this pattern in late spring, it's so flattering. But I had to make the skirt more of a-line for my mega rear end. Yeah, you need to make a pile of these dresses, they look so nice on your figure.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Ok maybe your a-lining it helped, cause I was all..."kathy's looks easy breezy!!!!" :)

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  3. I like your version of this dress. I looks very flattering on you.

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  4. I love your attitude as well as your dress! Let me try that out. My waistline didn't expand, the waist bands on my clothes shrunk! There, that feels better!

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  5. Very cute and yeah for selfies!

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  6. So pretty..Looks good on you.. proud you figured out a way to get your photos..

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  7. This looks amazing on you! I actually don't have that fabric, but I recognize it from Fabric Mart. ;) I think that Tanya (@ Mrs. Hughes) made a dress with the same stuff.

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    1. Thanks Michelle!! I love recognizing fabric! ha!!!

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  8. Lovely wrap dress and fabric.

    I like your saying about your fabric coming from Fabricmart. Most of my online orders are from there too. Most of my overall stash is from g street's $2.97 table.

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    1. Thanks! Ooooh. I've heard ncie things about gstreet fabrics!

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  9. This pattern's been on my radar from some time. Thanks for sharing the size you used; I couldn't decide what to cut. This is a good lookin' dress!

    Wait. The iPhone has a timer? What the what?

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    1. Oooooh. It's an app. Yeah. No memory for that. D'oh.

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    2. It was a fun one L!

      Mine isn't an app. I think it was part of the last upgrade to iOs 8 point whatever

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    3. Oooooh. Okay. My phone is a 4 and can't be updated to 8.#. Oh well.

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  10. Great hints there on making a lovely wrap dress - this really works on you. I think the deep pink is the magic ingredient in the fabric- and a lovely curvy cut works with the shapes of the spots.

    I think I am going to have to invest in one of those bulbs too! Our house is so dark for photo's, and given the sub tropical climate I live in, just as dark outside most of the time, gloomsville! Not all of Oz is sunshiny megawatts!

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! It is so hard to get good indoor photos outside ofthe warm months!

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  11. You look beautiful in this dress. Very flattering and the print is fab. Gorgeous!

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  12. Very pretty dress that flatters your curves beautifully.

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  13. Gorgeous! Perfect fabric choice for this dress too! I wish I could wear wrap dresses, sigh!

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    1. Thanks Gail! Aww man! Yeah, they are such a necessary silhouette for me!

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  14. Fantastic dress!!! Would you mind if we shared this on our social media? Email us at blog@mccallpattern.com. And please pin this here, if you don't mind: http://bit.ly/1koHoHu. Thanks!

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  15. Beautiful! I made this back in February and haven't worn it yet lol.

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    1. Thanks Adrienne! What are you waiting for?!?! :-)

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  16. This dress looks fantastic on you!

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  17. Lovely dress - gorgeous fabric. Looks great on you.

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  18. Nice fit! This will look nice with your tights and boots.

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