This little dress has been finished for couple of months, but the Princess just now had a chance to road test it this afternoon. This is McCall's 7046 View C:
This is an adorable and easy little pattern with options for a top or a dress, with 3 sleeve choices (4 if you count sleeveless) and an option for a single or a double tiered skirt.
We chose view C, the sleeveless dress with double tiered skirt. It seemed appropriate for the season and for a 13 year old young lady.
The fabric is an ITY knit from Fabric.com. I originally ordered it for myself, but she liked the colors and the print and it seemed like it would work well for this design, so I decided to change plans. I love it on her.
The pattern is labeled "easy" and it was. I cut a 12 through the bodice and a 14 through the hip. I probably could have sewed a 10/12, but I didn't want it to be skin tight. The instructions were pretty easy. The ruching at the sides is created by sewing elastic into the side seam allowances. I don't care for the way McCall's finished the neckline and armholes- turn under and stitch, so I bound the armholes and added a band for the neck. I think it gives it a nicer finish:
I had planned to roll hem the flounces with red thread, but I got ahead of myself and stitched and serged the side seams, and then I was afraid I'd get a bumpy mess when I tried to roll hem over the finished seams, so I just left them raw. They hang nicely and the fabric doesn't curl at all, so all's well that ends well.
The Princess wasn't really in the mood for taking photos, so I'm lucky I got these. She likes her dress and I can see us making this again. I think it would be cute with one of the sleeve options for fall. In the meantime, she should get plenty of use out of this one.