I think I achieved that goal, how about you?
Here are the pattern images:
This pattern is McCall's 6885. Look past the sack-like appearance and the dorky matching hat. That image does nothing to sell this dress!
Back to the white dress, which is an easy fit dress that is made from a woven fabric. Fitting through the bust and shoulders is essential as the rest of the garment is rather rectangular shaped, perfect for what I envisioned.
Here you can see the details of the placket and front pockets.
Now, let's move on to the more colorful of the two:
For the knit and very colorful dress, I used this super cute and luscious knit in some of my most favorite colors! This one also needs to fit through the bust but is much more fitted all over and flares out at the hem to give it some twirl-ability.
I treat my knits well when sewing by testing the stitches on the serger and whether my coverstitch or a single needle stretch stitch will work best for the hems. If you get wavy seams when using your serger, pull out your manual and read about how to adjust the various knobs so that your seams lie nice and flat, just like mine do! I am also pretty proud of the print matching at the princess seams, especially on the garment front. Can you see my seams?
I also found a nice way to eliminate the little bulge you can get at an intersecting seam where the binding and neckline meet. At the fold line on the binding, clip the seam through the outer part of the seam but not through the innermost seam. Next fold one part of the seam to one side and the remaining seam the opposite way.
With this knit, I used a bright pink thread to top-stitch the seam down and at the hems. For soft and luscious knits such as this, I prefer using a lighter weight thread and a stretch stitch for the hems.
I am so looking forward to spring! We've had some unseasonably warm weather here in the Northern Plains, so I've been able to wear both of these uber comfortable dresses! I love spring!
Thanks for reading!
Sue from Ilove2sew!