Tuesday, November 17, 2015

McCall's 6884 The Last Wrap of Summer

I finished McCall's 6884 months ago when the days were still long and the sun was warm.  Somehow, I forgot to blog it, even though I've worn it quite a bit and I love it.

I made View B with the plain front, full coverage skirt, and 3/4 sleeves.

The pattern has lots of options, though, and you could use it to make a whole week's worth of wrap dresses and every one of them would look different.

It's an "easy" pattern and it really lives up to that title.  It went together quickly and with no problems.  I cut my standard 14 at the shoulder and 16 from the bust down and then lengthened the waist.  I also lengthened the ties thinking the pattern pieces looked too short to wrap behind my back and then tie in the front with enough left to hang down.  I really should have left them alone- I have to wrap them twice and then tie in the front to keep them from hanging down and catching on things.

The only other change I made was to add bands to the neckline.  I wanted that extra 3/4" of coverage and I thought it would make a nicer finish than just turning under and stitching.  I cut them on the cross grain and I like the way the print looks oriented that way.  I wish I had cut them a bit shorter- they don't snug up to my chest quite the way I wanted them to.

The neckline is rather low.  I don't have it pinned in the picture, but I do have to pin it for daily wear.

I think the best thing about this pattern, at least for this view, is the way the skirt is put together.  the wrap is caught into the side seam below the waist and that makes it very secure.  It would take a hurricane force wind to cause a wardrobe malfunction.  I'm confident and covered even sitting down or climbing in and out of my car.

My fabric is an ITY knit from fabric.com.  I LOVE the print!  The colors are different than what I usually choose but the orange, blue, and green combination is fabulous.  The fabric is a little on the smooth and slippery side, but it's opaque and I wear a slip anyway.  It sewed easily and has held up well to washing.

I'm quite pleased with this little dress and it has gotten a lot of wear throughout the end of the summer and into fall.  It's a little bit loose now and I will eventually have to take it in at the sides to keep the bodice from looking baggy, but I think it will be easy to do.

I can also see myself making this pattern again in one of the other views.  The gathered waist in particular has caught my eye.  If you have this one in your stash, make it!  It turns out a great dress with no stress!

In closing I'll just leave you with this.  I am so not a fashion model!


Dk's Wife said...

The dress is beautiful and looks great on you.

SewCraftyChemist said...

This is one of my favorite mock wraps. It looks so good and the fabric is fun!!

Irene Thayer said...

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Cennetta said...

Cute dress Shannon.

Levone said...

Pretty dress, I need to pick up this pattern!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

You picked a pretty print to make this amazing dress!

Rhonda Buss said...

So pretty and the binding around the neckline is just so perfect!!!

Frenie Agbayani said...

These are absolutely fabulous clothing patterns!