My sister from another mother came to visit yesterday, and spent the night. She needed a comfortable dress for an event this weekend, and it had to be purple. We went shopping, and struck out completely. The only purple dresses were more of a dark fuchsia, which doesn’t work for her colouring.
I offered to make her a dress, knowing what her style is and that it wouldn’t take long, so we gave up on the mall and went to the fabric store. She picked out McCall’s 6952.
My sister isn’t always a big fan of long dresses, but she’s also not big on full skirts either, so we did view C (shown in dark blue) but in the view A/B length.
While I’m at it, I have to give kudos to McCall’s for using diverse models – it’s so important for people of colour to be represented, and it’s great to see that McCall’s uses models from many different cultural groups. My sister is Chinese, so she was particularly happy to see an Asian model on the pattern envelope, given how underrepresented Asians are in the West.
One of the nice things about this pattern is the fabric options. Basically, so long as your fabric has a nice soft drape to it, you can sew this dress. The envelope suggests crepe, crepe de Chine, jersey & interlock. It says “designed for medium weight woven and stable knits”. Options are good! We found some nice, soft polyester that was purple, but this weekend is supposed to be really hot, so we kept looking, and found this really great cotton blend knit fabric with purple and blue circles on it… bonus is, the fabric was 50% off, so the fabric cost was only $10. I ended up getting extra fabric to make a dress for myself.
The dress, as usual, took me longer than I anticipated, but I didn’t mind. I am notorious for underestimating how long a sewing project will take. I thought “oh, I should be able to whip that up in about an hour and a half” but it ended up being closer to three hours. At the end of the day, my sister is happy with her dress, and it’s something she’ll be able to wear again and again.
I am probably going to make the long version of this dress for myself. Fortunately, we’re pretty close to the same size, so I can use the same pattern. I tried the dress on, and I don’t have to do an FBA, due to the slight stretch of the knitted fabric.
This knit wasn’t too fussy to work with, fortunately. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch, and while it is a bit slippery, it wasn’t too bad to work with. The bolt said it was a cotton blend, but didn’t specify what it was blended with – I suspect rayon, which makes it a great summer fabric.
Of course, we can’t just go to the fabric store and buy what we need… so I walked out of the store with four meters of this adorable quilting cotton, which will likely become a Cambie dress for myself. It’s a nice cream colour, not white (which I generally never wear). I’d have been happier if they’d had this print on the olive green background like some of the others in this collection, but I like it on the cream too.
Unfortunately, both dresses have to wait, because I have another dress to sew for Louise! I’m off to iron fabric to prepare it for cutting now!