Summer knit dress (McCall’s 6700)

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McCall’s 6700

I’ve been busy this week since Monte came, house-training him and such, that I don’t have too much time for my sewing machine. But yesterday I really want to make something instead of wiping dog pee off the floor, so here’s a quick dress for an instant gratification.

The pattern is McCall’s 6700 from the Spring 2013 line. From the pattern envelope: “Pullover dress has fitted, mock wrap bodice, shoulder ties, elasticized shoulders and raised (seamed) waist, fitted, narrow hem, thread carriers and self belt.” This dress is designed for medium weight stretch knits and I was happy to find this floral knit fabric in my stash. It is a very simple dress so it is a good base for the lively prints.My fabric is only 2 m though, so I didn’t make the self belt.

I made size 8 with some alterations. I don’t like elastics on my waist line so I shortened the bodice about 2 cm so to raise the waistline. The skirt was shortened about 20 cm. I use clear elastic for the shoulders and also along the wrapover neckline to stabilize them. The hemline is left raw because knits won’t fray.

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This pattern is marked as easy, it has only 3 pieces, front, back and skirt (the same for front and back). But eventually making the dress was not as quick as I’ve thought because of the shoulder ties! Making the shoulder ties requiring the ability to stitch on knit fabric with narrow seam allowance, and then turned the long, narrow tube inside out. I think I spent  more time turning those ties than on the dress. Is there a better way to do this?

The armholes were a bit too high on me but I guess they are still okay so I don’t have to fix it. The clear elastic does a good work preventing the gape. I think I’m quite happy with the dress! Now where’s the warm weather?

Pattern is McCall’s 6700 , size 8.

 

Boy’s white hoodie (McCall’s 6158)

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McCall’s 6158

After making a hoodie for my husband, I continued making another one for Sidra. The fabric is not kid-friendly very white cotton jersey and I found a zipper with red details to go with it. I had this image of Sidra wearing a sparkling white hoodie that I couldn’t resist making the hoodie, although next week the hoodie probably won’t look like this anymore. The fabric and zipper was found in a local fabric store for a total amount of USD5. Not bad, isn’t it?

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McCall’s 6158

The pattern is McCall’s 6158 that says girls’ hoodies pattern but frankly I don’t really know the difference between girls’ and boys’ hoodies. From the pattern envelope: CHILDREN’S AND GIRLS’ HOODIES AND BAG: Unlined, hooded jacket A, B, C, D, E, F have exposed zipper, patch pockets, sleeve and hem bands, varying contrast sections; jackets A, B have wide sleeve bands with thumb opening; jackets C, F have purchased appliques; unlined bag G has purchased cord for drawstring and straps. 

I checked the finished measurements and compared it to Sidra’s clothes, then decided to make size 7. Sidra is almost 10 years old by the way but he’s rather in the small side. I didn’t make any pattern alteration other than slightly changing the pocket shape.

The fabric was enough fabric for lining the hood but not for the facing. I just serged the raw edges on center front, folded it inside and topstitched from the right side. The zipper was unfortunately not long enough to all the way to the hood like on my husband’s hoodie, so I cut it to stop at the neckline like regular hoodie.
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Boys Boys
I also made several jersey pants for Sidra that he really loves to wear. Here is one of them in black. The pattern is based on one of the pattern from Japanese pattern book, シンプル&ちょこっとデザイン おんなの子服おとこの子服 that I’ve always used. I changed the pockets to slant pockets.

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And here is Sidra walking to school this morning. ‘I’m going to school now. Please stop taking pictures.’
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Pattern is McCall’s 6158 size 7.

Birthday Hoodie (McCall’s 6614)

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Grey hoodie

Here’s the hoodie that I made for my husband’s birthday! I just realized that this is the first thing that I made for him this year, and it’s already October! I guess I’ve been spending too much time making things for myself. He never complained though. I’m sorry honey!

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McCall’s 6614

The pattern is McCall’s 6614, bought on sale for $1.99. From the pattern envelope: MISSES’/MEN’S TOPS AND JACKET: Close-fitting, pullover tops have princess seams and narrow hem. A: purchased trim. A and B: neck band. Fitted jacket has hem band and exposed zipper. C and D: contrast lined hood. All have cuffs, and fit for men’s sizing. I made view D in size M with no pattern alteration.

The fabric is cotton jersey in light grey. Or maybe can be described as muddled white. My husband has a tendency to wear clothing in indescribable color. Like almost black, almost white, almost brown, or something between brown and grey. Sometimes we joke and call it ‘the homeless colors’ or ‘apocalypse colors’. So when I saw this fabric in the store, I knew that it will be perfect for him!

I sewed it the day before my husband’s birthday, being too preoccupied with Sidra’s Thriller jacket. I figured that I could spend the day making the hoodie, but then my husband said that he would work at home that day! So I pretended to finish Sidra’s jacket the whole time. He caught me sewing with the grey fabric but I tried to hide the overall shape.

Fortunately it was such a quick sewing, thanks to the serger! The whole thing was finished on the serger, except for the topstitching. I miscalculated when buying the fabric, so there was not enough fabric for the hood lining and front facing. I just left the hood unlined and sewed cotton twill tape along the zipper as facing. I’ve seen this kind of treatment in store-bought jacket.
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I also changed the zipper to go all the way to the hood. He can zip it up over his head if he wants too. I think it looks more fun that way. The zipper is the only prominent detail on the jacket as my husband loves simple clothing with tiny thoughtful detail.

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The jacket fits him right from the envelope! I was a bit worried because the color looked dull when I put it against my skin, but it looked great on him. He also loves the zipper placement, claimed that it was the first time he saw such detail.

Happy birthday darling! I love you forever and thank you for being the sweetest man in the world! Here’s to many birthdays in the future to celebrate together! ♥♥♥

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Pattern is McCall’s 6614 size M.

High-waisted pants

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1958 McCall

1958 McCall's 4822

The fabric may look like denim, but in fact it is quite lightweight. It’s cheap polyester, initially bought to make a muslin for my husband’s shirt when I changed my mind and used it for my pants instead. I’m sorry!

I rarely wear nor make pants for myself, but I ‘d been wanting to try this 1958 McCall’s 4822 pattern. The cheap fabric is perfect for this, just to see how it would look on me. If it turned out horrible, I can pretend that it’s a muslin….

I made view A, the long pants but without the pockets because I didn’t want added attention to my hip. The belt carriers are from view C,  they are made from the same piece of pattern as the pants. There is a pair of darts on each pattern piece, which are stitched until reaching the waist, then slashed open to make the belt carriers. I’ve never seen something like this and I was curious to make them!

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Instruction for belt carrier

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back zipper

The pattern was a bit bigger than my size so I slimmed down each piece about 0.5 cm on the sides. The pants had zipper on the back side. I usually use invisible zipper for clothing, but this time I wanted to learn something new and followed the instructions carefully. The result is not too bad in my opinion, I can make the stitches neater next time.

I’m not too sure  about the finished result though. The high-waisted pants dominate my whole proportion, leaving only a small amount of my upper body to ‘decorate’. Maybe I’m just not used to wearing this kind of pants (and I’m still too self-conscious about my asymmetrical hip!) Anyway, my husband said it is different from what I usually wear but still look cute nonetheless. He knows about my hip (of course!), but there’s nothing wrong with it in his eye.

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Belt carrier

I think this pants would look wonderful on a taller person (who is not having any self-conscious problem). But I really enjoyed making this pants and learned new things from it. My favorite part is the construction of the belt carriers. I showed them to my husband and he was puzzled of how they were possible. Ha! I’m a magician!

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Pants pattern is 1958 Mccall’s 4822 from this seller.

Spring dress

I’ve finished tracing the pattern pieces for the MPB Men’s Shirt sew along and washed the fashion fabric. But before moving on to the next day, I still need to find some cheap fabric for the muslin.

Spring dress - Mc Call

Spring dress

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McCall's 8746

In the meantime, I finished my dress! It’s the floral printed cotton that I bought in Nippori, made with this 1967 pattern, McCall’s 8746.

Inspired by the sew-along, I also did the pattern tracing so the original pattern stay intact.  I made no significant alteration other than shortening the bodice and the hem, rather aggressively for the latter. Apparently I’m that short (-_-)

I read the instructions carefully before I started and tried to follow all the steps. The instructions called for underlining the whole dress, so I use thin white lining fabric for it. Underlining is different with lining. In underlining a garment, we cut the lining fabric using the same pattern pieces as the fashion fabric. The underlining is then basted to the coordinating fashion fabric pieces and they will be treated as a single piece. This method is useful for sheer or flimsy fabric, also for adding weight and stabilize the fabric. It is nice that I learned some new things while making the dress.

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Underlined dress

Spring dress - Mc Call

Overlapped yoke

The main focus of this dress is the  overlapped yoke, which unfortunately a bit hidden by the busy pattern. There is a slight gathers under the yoke. Buttons on yoke are for decorative purpose only, the dress opens and closes with zipper on the back. I use invisible zipper since installing it is far more easier than ordinary zipper. There are also a pair of neck darts at the back, which I really like since it makes the dress fits nicely on my back.

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Although I didn’t rush making the dress, it came together quickly as the shape is pretty simple. Reading all the instructions beforehand really help the whole process, maybe that’s why they always say to read the manual before you start? Duh! Anyway, my seam ripper stayed almost neglected during the whole process. Yay!

I really really love the result! The shape is actually very straight and the details are rather hidden by the floral pattern, but it looks nice (I think) and very comfortable. I’m planning to use this pattern again and make the sleeved version. Too bad it is still too cold to wear this dress outside because I’m ready for Spring!

Dress pattern is 1967 McCall’s 8746 from this seller.

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