First up will be the Vogue 8915 Neon Tropical Print Shift Dress, followed by the McCall's 6875 Enchanted Tea Party Dress.
Vogue's 8915, which is for a simple shift dress with no facings, and no set-in sleeves.
But because I am me, I made this project take at least three times as long as it should, because I can't ever just be satisfied. ;-)
What you see above should have taken a day *tops* to create, but with me fussing over every detail, it took me around three days of pattern alterations, choosing pattern layouts on the fabric, sewing the underlining to the main fabric, basting the pieces together for fitting, adding an invisible zipper, finishing the sewing, facing the neckline with a rayon binding instead of just turning and stitching, hemming the armholes and hem, and finally finishing off all the seams with a zigzag stitch.
Having said all that, I wouldn't do it any differently, since I quite like the end product. There are tiny things I would change in retrospect, but I think the extra time was worth it.
The length is great, I am happy with where it fell on my body. I think they had a pretty generous hem allowance, but at 5'8", I knew that making a 3/4" inch hem would be fine (I turned the hem up 3/8" and then again an additional 3/8" so that the linen would be fully enclosed and wouldn't ravel).
I was sent this piece of fabric from Fabric Mart in one of their "craft bundles," which means the biggest piece you will receive in any bundle will be around 1.5 yards. This one came at 1.25 yards, which would have fit round my body and been long enough to place the pattern pieces from selvedge edge to selvedge edge (or the straight of grain arrow perpendicular to the selvedge), but because of the kimono style sleeves, the pattern pieces were just a bit too wide to place them that way. Sad!
So I placed the pieces the traditional manner, with the straight of grain arrow placed how it should be, parallel to the selvedge grain, and noticed that even that way, I still didn't have enough fabric to place both pieces on the fold. Sigh. So I cut out the back pattern pieces as two separate pieces with a 5/8" seam at the center back so I could insert a zip. Don't cry for me, though, since the zip is genius and makes getting in and out of this dress SO easy. :-) I don't know that I will ever place this pattern's back on the fold again since the zip is perfection. (Well, okay, if it's a knit I will since a zip in a stretchy knit is overkill.)
The print looks kind of odd on the back, but it does look intentional and kind of arty, so I'll take it.
Sizing is important here, I went with a small through the shoulders, bust, and waist, but tapered out (using my hip curve ruler) to a size medium. That still felt a touch too tight at 5/8", so I went ahead and made all my side seams below the waist at 3/8". I was worried that I chose the wrong pattern size for my skirt, but the medium's ease was more than generous for my pear shape. Next time I may cut an extra small in the neckline, it felt a bit big there, especially through the back neck.
The pockets are fab and placed in a perfect position. I found myself using them to place my hands all evening. They are deep enough for a phone and keys and change if that is what you use pockets for, but I carry a bag with me at all times, so I rarely ever use my pockets for that purpose.
here--last few yards, though--and since I wasn't super sure that it wouldn't be see-through when wearing it, I underlined it with a Kaufman handkerchief linen I found at fabric.com (you can see it here). Both fabrics are a cotton/linen blend, so they worked very nicely together.
There was a little bit of wrinkling in the skirt, but minimal compared to what I have seen in linens in the past. The print helps disguise some of it, too.
vintage like these from an etsy dealer) looks really pretty with the fabric.
You can see how the zip's seam is from the selvedge, so bonus there, no need to finish those seams!
All in all, I can highly recommend this pattern, but bear in mind that if you do it my way it goes from being Very Easy Vogue to somewhere a bit less easy.
here at fabric.com) specifically for Easter since it features a darling little bunny having tea with Little Red Riding Hood. I didn't know which pattern I would use, I just knew I would make her a dress from this fabric.
After all was said and done the dress ended up being even more perfect for CW since the dress was used again for her school's Manners Tea, where her class read the play "Red Riding Hood." Umm, hello? Red Riding Hood was at the tea table with the bunny on her dress. LOL. Serendipity, people, serendipity.
The pattern I ended up using was McCall's 6875, which features two styles of "traditional" girls dresses. I went with the plainer version, and even after making it up made it even more plain by leaving off the hem band (would have been made from the same fabric as you see in the waistband) and by not adding a long extended tie back to the waistband.
This pattern also has a pattern for a doll dress (same size as all her American girls), but I have yet to make it. I do have enough fabric, though.
I think it is really important to make sure the back waistband lines up properly if you choose to do what I did, since it would be really obvious if the pieces didn't line up. I managed that, and in my first attempt with a plaid, I even managed to get the plaid's pattern to sort of line up at the seam junction. (Not intentional, really, pure luck. LOL. I'll take it, though.)
I was asked by McCall's at my Pattern Review review of this dress if I would be okay with them publishing this version of the pattern at their Facebook page, and of course I was all, "umm, yeah, of course!" I can't believe that they noticed my version. I am pretty excited! UPDATE: It made it on the facebook page. Yay!
BTW, if you want to try the girls pattern, I suggest going over to As Reasonable As Can Be Expected. She has a lot of versions of this dress, and I found her work to be very helpful to me in the early stages of sewing this up.
Okay, that's it for now. Anyone else give these patterns a go?
My reviews of these two patterns at Pattern Review can be found here for the Vogue dress, and here for the McCall's dress.