If you judged by the activity on this blog, you would think there hasn't been much sewing going on around here this year. The truth is that there has been plenty of sewing, it's just that taking pictures for the blog has become a chore. The kids are older and have more activities going on and I work more and want to do other things when I come home. But last weekend the Princess and I took time out to snap a few shots of this summer's projects.
We started the summer out with this, McCall's 6886, an insanely easy knit dress.
This was actually our muslin, made up in this awesome tribal print ponte knit from Hancock's. The princess loves these kinds of prints and she was thrilled with this dress.
We actually bought this pattern to knock off a dress she had seen in a department store. I liked the dress on her, but I felt it didn't fit well enough to buy it- it was way too short and the bottom was too snug while the top was too loose.
After the successful muslin we made this one- the knock off version. It has a CF and CB seam and a waist seam which we added by cutting the pattern pieces at the waist and adding seam allowances there and to the center fold lines.
Like I said, this pattern is insanely easy. There are just 2 pattern pieces for the sleeveless version- front and back- no facings or bindings! I don't really like the "turn under and stitch" method of finishing necklines and armholes in knits, so we added a neckband and finished the armholes with a binding strip on the inside.
If you want a very quick and easy knit dress, I highly recommend M6886!
I made Burda Style 6-2015-121 for myself and was very pleased with it. The Princess liked it, too, so I thought why not make one for her?
For her version, I used another tribal print, this time an ITY knit from Joann's. I also hemmed hers much shorter than mine. She likes to show her knees and her legs are long enough to make the shorter length work.
I think we cut a size 36...
It's so much fun for us to go through the Burda magazines together, although it's hard for me to believe I'm sewing adult patterns for her. Seems like just yesterday it was smocked dresses and Children's Corner patterns. Where does the time go?