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Sunday, March 13, 2016

For my March post, I knew I wanted to make some spring dresses.  I also know that I tend to sew brightly colored garments and I need some neutral garments in my closet, so I decided to make not one but two dresses and to make them different in style, texture, and color!

I think I achieved that goal, how about you?

Here are the pattern images:

  M6885, Misses' Dresses and Hat  

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!

Misses' & Petite Size Knit Dresses, Tunics, Pant & Cowl
This Simplicity pattern, number 1018, definitely has a lot of possibilities!

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.

Treat your fabric well by choosing the right interfacing by auditioning several weights and crispness types to find the one that works best, depending on the style you are going for.  I really wanted the placket and collar to look polished and after a few tries, this interfacing worked perfectly. I ended up using Pro-woven light-crisp fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply.   My buttons were shell buttons from my stash and I think they are the perfect size so they don't overpower the placket opening.

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!

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