Jared & I are having a disagreement about this dress. Is it orange or is it yellow? Possibly it splits the difference & is “goldenrod”?
I like to think it’s yellow, because I don’t like orange. & yet, I bought the fabric (Social Climber by Anna Maria Horner), which is possibly orange. We tried to use Ramona as a tiebreaker, & she said it was yellow, but when she heard Jared say it was orange, she sided with him. Then she said it was “yellow-orange”.
Anyway! It’s another McCall’s 6696. I am obsessed with this pattern! I was actually just working on a third one (pink gingham seersucker, sleeveless, with a full button placket) before I decided to sit down & write this post. This one implements all the fit changes from my wearable muslin: I added 1/2″ to the sleeve width & sewed all the side seams at 3/8″ instead of 5/8″. I lengthened the bodice 1″ in the middle, grading out to 1/2″ at the sides, & grading to nothing in the middle back. I lowered the dart points 1″. I sewed the waistband with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I made the pockets a little bigger by sewing them with a 1/4″ seam allowance. I cut 2″ off the skirt hem & added an extra 1.5″ of flare to the hem along each pattern piece, for a total of 6″.
I think there is too much damn blousing in the back, so I took out 1.5″ for my next version, & we’ll see how that goes.
But in general, I am pretty thrilled with how this one came out! When my friend Rebecca saw it, she exclaimed, “It fits perfectly!” & I was like, “I know!” Any changes I make from here are going to be pretty minor, like lowering the placement of the top button, & maybe bringing them hem up just a smidge more.
I also added a tulle ruffle to the hem of this dress. I originally bought this fabric with a different pattern in mind, with the intention of adding this element. Once this dress was finished, I pitched the tulle idea to Jared & asked, “Too much or just enough?” He voted for just enough.
I had three yards of this tulle, so I cut a 5″ strip three yards wide. I folded it in half, gathered it, & sewed it into the hem so the raw edge of the tulle was enclosed within the interior hem.
This is what it looks like on the inside. There’s probably a neater, prettier way to do this, but whatever. It’s fine.
I used a contrast fabric for the interior yoke this time. I had enough fabric to use the floral, but I wanted to see how this looked.
I used the same fabric for the pocket bags.
I used bias tape to enclose the seam at the armscye. I don’t know if I love the way it looks, but…eh. It’s fine.
The inside of the bodice.
Another look at the tulle.
Not much more to say about this! I love this pattern & plan to make a million more versions. This dress taught Ramona what tulle is. When she saw it, she made a beeline for the hem & asked, “What is that called sparkly?” I did flummox myself trying to remember what order various parts of the dress are sewn in, in order to enclose all the seams. I kept screwing it up & having to get out the seam ripper. In my defense, I sewed most of this dress over the weekend while Jared was out of town. I wasn’t firing on all cylinders after doing all that solo child care. Hopefully I’ll do better with my next one, & I also hope to be more precise with my facings. They are not quite perfect on this dress. I should have done more pressing before topstitching. Live & learn.