I hope you’re all well wherever you are around the world. It’s been cold and rainy here in drought-stricken California and that certainly is some good news! Since I took these photos a couple of weeks ago, there’s now green grass coming up in the pastures! Yay! Yes…. I did say that I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and am just now posting them on here. I am in the midst of moving into my grandparents’ house (right next store to my current house on our ranch) and hope to be in by Christmas. I’m looking forward to sharing some photos later on with our renovations and decorating. I’ve been working for months on getting rid of 50+ years of JUNK! And there’s still more….. I am so glad that I’m not a hoarder! That means that my sewing/blogging time is quite less lately as I prepare to move. As soon as the new flooring is in, we can really start moving everything over! Woohoo! 🙂
I used an emerald green rayon twill purchased a while back from Fabric Mart. As soon as I saw the ruffled version of this dress, I imagined it in this green fabric. It’s a lightweight with a lot of drape that works well for the dress.
I left this dress unlined, and hand sewed the neckline facings, armscyes and hem. I used bias tape on the armscye and rayon seam binding on the zip as well as using it as hem tape.
On my first version, the midriff is pretty fitted and I wanted a little more wiggle room, so I went up a little bit in size around the waist as I wanted a little more ease. Admittedly, I should have used some thicker/stiffer interfacing with this lightweight fabric as there’s a little wrinkling going on because of my alteration. If I took in the midriff a little it would alleviate that, but frankly, I want some room, so I really don’t care much. But just an FYI if you make this dress in a similar way as I have.
The ruffles were fiddly, but I’m happy with the end result. The McCall’s instructions don’t have a good technique for completing them — unless of course I read the instructions wrong, which I don’t think I did. The instructions say to leave the edge of the back side raw, which with my fabric,has threads showing as the ruffles move around. I finished them with a narrow hem.
I also had a bit of a problem with the neck of the collar and getting all of the facings to line up. In the end, it was easier to handsew it down, but I do think this is another case where my collar would have benefited from a thicker interfacing. I’m pretty happy with the outcome, so I’m nonplussed by any of these little things. This dress is comfortable and just how I had envisioned it. I plan to wear it with a navy blazer (upcoming make!) or a navy cardigan. Maybe a wide belt? Unsure of that! But I love how the fabric floats and the frilly bits just make me happy. 🙂
- Dress: McCall’s 6503 in rayon twill, made by me
- Shoes: Aerosoles
- Earrings: Bauble Bar