Womens Sun Dress

Date Started: June 6, 2012
Date Finished: June 16, 2012
Pattern Used: McCall’s M6557
Material Used: Cotton Print, cotton and poly/cotton broadcloth
Notions: Zipper, hook and eye and snaps

June 7, 2012 – All washed up!

This year, as a group, the EP will be attending a lavender festival on June 17th. We decided that we wanted to get away from the costumes for a bit, and so we have decided to make sun dresses. I will be making dresses for the younger ladies, Annie and my niece Rose. For myself, I have picked M6557 View C. I went this past weekend and picked out my fabric.

I picked a nice cotton print of white polka dots on black, some black poly/cotton broadcloth for the lining, and will be using some of the left over cotton turquoise for my sash/bow. The only other things I need will be an invisible zipper and a hook and eye. I did get the fabric washed and dried last night. Tonight, I hope to get it ironed, and maybe start tracing the pattern. I would really like to get all three dresses done this weekend, that way I can relax all next week before the festival.

June 12, 2012 – I’m seeing polka dots!

(Please excuse my hair in the photo on the left. It’s a result of high humidity and a ride home with the windows down. 😉 ) On Saturday, I managed to only get the patterns I needed traced and cutout before helping PJ, and then getting sucked into the black hole of a Big Box store with her. lol. On Sunday, I was back in the sewing room around 10, got the 3 dresses to be worked on cut out, and then I started on mine. It’s a fairly straight forward pattern. It goes together well. The sizing is only off by a bit. I cut a 22 by my bust size, and I just needed to trim off about an 1″on each side at the center back before installing the zipper. The only modification that I made was to do the midriff pieces in the same fabric as the rest of the dress, opting to make a sash that snaps on. That way, I can just make different colored sashes, and not be limited to trying to accessorize with the turquoise. All I have left to do is sew on a hook & eye above the zipper, hem the skirts after they’ve hung till this Saturday, and sew together my turquoise sash. I can’t wait for the lavender festival this weekend!

June 21, 2012 – A great pick for picking lavender

A little bit on the windy side, but here is the completed look.

We had a great day at the lavender festival. This dress was a great pick for it. It was very comfortable. I will be using this pattern again, as it make a great, classic summer dress. The only thing that I might change is where the center fronts of the bodice overlap. I will overlapping them just a bit more, as I would like a little more coverage in that area. lol. But, all in all, a great dress to make and wear.

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