Monday, November 8, 2010

McCalls 6065- I Really Have Been Sewing

You may have noticed the posts have been few and far between lately. I've been taking a semi-blog break and trying to get things done around the house and spend time with the family. I have been sewing, just not as much as I'd like.

In addition to all the everyday stuff that is going on, I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year. You can click on the NaNoWriMo badge in my sidebar if you want to go to the site and see what NaNo is all about. And you can check out my wordcount widget right below the NaNo badge if you want to see just how far behind I am in my writing. Real life not only makes it hard to find time to sew, it makes it hard to find time to write, too. There's also a link (in the sidebar) to my other blog, where I talk about writing. Just don't expect too much blogging over there this month- I'm trying to work on the novel, not the writing blog!

But back to sewing.

Here is my latest finished project, McCalls 6065:

As you can see, the pattern is actually for a little summer dress or top and shorts. But I figured, why not make it out of corduroy and put a tee and tights under it? So I did. And it makes an excellent cool weather dress.

Here's the back.

This is a super simple pattern. There are no buttons or zipper- the dress is loose fitting and goes over the child's head. The bodice is fully lined. I used a hot pink dot quilting cotton. The corduroy was a lucky (and totally unexpected) find at my local Walmart. It's lightweight and very soft.

It's kind of hard to tell in the photos, but the empire seam is quite curved in front (the pattern drawings are accurate) and that's my favorite feature of the dress. The pattern does not call for piping the seam, but I just couldn't leave well enough alone and added a strip of mini-piping for a little extra pop.

I cut a size 10 with size 14 length. It turned out just right. If I had used the skirt lining with attached ruffle, I would have cut it shorter, but I wanted a plain skirt.
This is actually the second dress I've made from this pattern. The first is a chocolate brown corduroy with turquoise and aqua medallions on it. I like that one even better, but the princess prefers this one- probably because it has pink in it.
Now that the time has changed and darkness falls so early, my photo sessions will be mostly confined to weekends, so it will probably be a few days before I can get pics of the brown version. Yet another excuse for the sporadic blog posts.

And now I'm off to work on the NaNo novel. Happy Sewing!


Kyle said...

Wow Shannon, I think you are the first person I know who is doing NaNoWriMo. I read a book by the founder a few years back about writing for NaNoWriMo, very entertaining. Best of luck with it!
(and cute dress too, I love your use of piping!)

Mommyof2girlz said...

Great pattern and I love the fabric choice, so cute!

Julia said...

Love this!!!!

The Twilight Quilters Coven said...

I'm always in awe of your sewing, but I especially love your fabric choices.

Good luck with your writing!

Fran Yoakum Veal said...

Thanks for joining my blog. Lots of luck in your NaNo. I didn't do it this year. Trying to edit my WIP!