A couple of weeks ago McCalls came out with some really neat looking patterns for Summer. I was really taken by surprise with the sundress McCalls 6967. I liked the little flounce that it had on the bodice and I liked the fabric choices that it suggested for making the dress. In this pattern there were several pieces that could be made. A top, a skirt, a short dress, and a long dress. All of the pieces would be a good staple to any Summer wardrobe.
My oldest daughter was in love with the short dress and I thought it would be a nice add it to her closet. So, I found a piece of Challis and she approved of the print and here is M6967.
|I changed the waist a little and this look is what she liked vs. the pattern style. (I made 2 of these this past weekend).|
|Finished look with black gladiator sandals.|
Not wanting to throw a good gown to the lost file pile, I completely took the casing out and now she just has a lounge piece. I immediately went to work on a second dress and she found the fabric that became her final dress. I actually liked sewing this pattern, but I definitely didn't like the casing for the waist.
The waist setting according to the pattern is a little high (above the navel). It was almost up under the bust-line, which made the dress look completely different from the cover photo. I looked at what my options were for changing the construction of the waistband and I went with cutting the front and back pieces 2 in. below the waist line and setting the elastic as I normally would for an elastic waist dress. When she saw the dress, she was more pleased with the way it looked the second time and she liked the way I addressed her waist issue.
The ties are extremely too long. You could be 7ft. tall and I still think that these ties are just too long. So an after thought is going to be to cut about 2" off of them and tie a knot at the ends.
I do plan on making this dress again because I didn't make one for me. I think this is a good pattern for an advanced beginner, but not for someone who is just starting out. The casing would cause a tiny bit of trouble, but I would make the purchase for the pattern stash. There's always next Summer.
Thanks for joining me today. Until next time.
Lots of Love