Yesterday was full of excitement, fun, fireworks, and barbecues. Happy belated 4th of July to all of you. I didn't get the opportunity to convey my desires for a safe and happy holiday before leaving home, so I am sending you a little something to let you know that I am still thinking of you, even while I am basking in the wonderful love of my Mom.
Today I have a McCall's pattern that addresses the need for a perfect "Maxi" dress. Before I left home Joann's was having a 5/5.00 sale on McCall's patterns. I had been trying to decide between McCall's 6744 and McCall's 6700 long before the sale started, but was unable to decide between the two until I got to the sale. I noticed that both patterns we different in the bodice, but basically had the same skirt with the elastic waste detail and an optional self belt for M6700. During my search for a Maxi dress I found similar Maxi's that I liked, but was not ready to commit to at JcPenny, Nordstrom, and Belk. The price of some of the Maxi's had a very strong weight with my decision. I know that with the dresses that are less expensive the material used to construct the garment would be less than desirable and I really can't see myself paying over $100 for a dress with the quality and construction that I want. So, my decision was to go with make it myself.
While I was in Joann's, loading up on my pattern stash, I chose M6700 for my dress. I read over the pattern and liked the shoulder detail that suited me to a sharp T. I browsed through the knit fabrics and couldn't seem to find anything that I wanted until I found this piece of polyester chiffon.
|I know the pattern called for knit, but this piece of fabric was similar to the cover dress and I just had to have it.|
|The first thing is to connect the front to the back. (picture on the left)|
|Then attach the elastic from the elastic guide piece to the inside of the Front bodice piece beginning from the seam allowance stitch. Sew from the arrow to the dot (traced during cutting)|
|Trim excess elastic.|
|This is what it should look like if your elastic is going toward the back, but I believe you will get more gathers if you set the elastic to the inside of the back seam allowance then sew the allowance forward.|
|Finished look for M6700 in Poly/Chiffon|
|My Mom helping me with wardrobe Me, Gone with the Wind Fabulous|