I’m trying so hard to get my groove back!!! Goodness! It’s not just sewing that’s wavering at this time. My whole life still feels off! I know what I want and need to do, but honestly, I just don’t feel like it sometimes. One day I’m all excited and working it out, then the next I just feel blah. The grief process is a monster. I’ll be okay though, so don’t worry about me. It’s just part of the process and I’m moving forward, even in times like these. I will continue to share when my heart needs to because it’s therapeutic for me.
Now that I have that off my chest, let’s get into why you’re here. Honey, honey, honey! I’m kinda feeling a little sassy in this dress. I love the fit, neckline, and contrasting stripes on the upper sleeves, side panels and hems. However, this one did not come without drama.
I chose to sew View C because I was drawn to and inspired by the look presented in the illustration on front of the envelope.
Usually, when I’m in a sewing funk, I try to find my groove with very easy projects. Upon first glance at the pattern, I thought this one would be a breeze, even with striped fabric. I figured that the contrasting direction of the stripes would make it easy because I wouldn’t have to match the pattern, except at the center back seam, which is pretty easy, especially since I omitted the zipper. The seam connecting the front and back under-sleeve needed to be matched also, but I totally missed that and cut without paying attention. I’m fine with it though since that seam doesn’t show much.
OH MY WORD!!! The sleeve construction on this dress wore me OUT!!! I seriously almost quit three times. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure it out. I read the instructions over and over, but nothing was making sense. As usual, I had already searched Pattern Review before starting, to see if anyone else had sewn the dress. There was only one other review, with no mention of any issues.
It wasn’t until I returned to the line drawing on back of the pattern envelope that I realized what I had missed. There’s an extension on the upper sleeve that extends to create the neckline for the back. Wah-Lah!!! Mystery SOLVED!!! Without the line drawing, this dress probably would have ended up in the trash.
Lesson learned: Pay attention to the line drawings EVERY TIME! If I had looked closely at the back before starting, I would have seen that extension.
The pattern is MCCALL’S 7652 and there are nine pattern pieces for View C. I rate this pattern Intermediate. An advanced beginner may have success, however, if you’re a new beginner, stay far away from this pattern until you have some experience under your belt. The side panel insertion and sleeve construction may confuse you. Just in case you’re wondering, I will not be doing tutorial on this dress. I don’t want to sew it again. Hahaha!!!
FABRIC & CUTTING DETAILS
I used a thin rib SWEATER KNIT that I picked up from the Loft at Michael Levine’s a very long time ago. It’s been sitting in my collection, waiting for the perfect opportunity to shine. I cut a size 10 for the bodice, sleeves and facings, then graded to a size 12 at the hips. It’s available in sizes 8 — 24W. I pegged the hem to a width of 35″ from the 38 1/2″ measurement designed for size twelve.
Initially, I added 3″ to the length of the dress, but ended up removing it because I discovered, during construction, that I forgot to add the extra inches to one of the side panels. Uggghhh! I hate it when I do that. Therefore, the finished length was too short for my comfort. To fix the problem, I added a 2″ band to the hem which gave me an opportunity to add more directional contrast to the stripes. I carried the same detail to the sleeves by removing 2″ of fabric from the end and replacing it with a band of the same measurement. I didn’t worry about seam allowances taking up more length because the sleeves were longer than I needed.
After under-stitching the neckline facing, it still rolled out a bit, so I inserted a topstitch almost the full width of the facing (1 1/4″). This corrected the problem and the neckline lies nice and flat against the body all around.
I’m pleased with the outcome and very happy that I didn’t throw it out. I used the scraps to make a beanie hat, but thought it was too much at first. After getting dressed and trying it on with the finished garment, I decided it didn’t look too bad. I traced one of my old beanie hats, then added seam allowances and the band to match those on the dress. Tell me what you think. Is the beanie too much? Does the dress look better with the felt hat in the photos below? I actually like both. Which one would you wear?
I plan to wear this as a casual dress most of the time, but it can certainly be dressed up. I wore it last night to dinner with my sons to celebrate the 21st birthday of my youngest.
The dress would look really cute with a pair of sneakers for running errands around town or high heels for date night. I also love how it looks with my knee-high boots. Throw on a warm coat, gloves & scarf, and you’re ready for a cold day out.
This entire dress, with the exception of darts, was sewn on the new Vibrant Serger.
VIBRANT SERGER FOR BEGINNERS
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