Wednesday, August 29, 2012

McCall's 5974 in School Colors and a nod to DVF

Here’s another fullish skirted dress for DD.  Her knee is improving, but the brace and crutches are still her daily accessories.  Tomorrow is back-to-school night at the high school where she teaches.  On Sunday, she asked if I had any fabric in the school's colors, green (and black), and if I’d have time to make her favorite “wrap” dress.  Well, of course!  Hello stash.  I pulled out two fabrics and e-mailed photos to her.  The first one I purchased at Spandex House in NYC last July, the second one has been in my stash for about a year.
 
She liked both, but thought the green/white would be best on an evening that might be pretty warm.  I love this fabric.  I bought it from Fabric.com for $4.80 per yard in May, 2011, because it reminded me of the fabric in a 70s DVF wrap. 

Photo:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1997.487
I’ve always loved this look and this fabric.  Yes, my fabric is different, but, still, it reminds me of the original.  For this dress, I made another McCall’s 5974, because although I love a wrap dress, it is a pain to make sure things stay closed!  This is a size 12 with my usual adjustments:  3 inches added to length of skirt, 1 to bodice, bound neckline, coverstitched hems for the skirt and sleeve, coverstitched binding at neckline, no zipper, sleeves sewn in flat, and shoulder seams stabilized.

I cut out the fabric Sunday night, worked on it until 11:00 p.m. that night, and spent another hour on it before work Monday morning.  After work, I had 45 minutes to sew before I left for my night class and then finished the dress when I got home after work Tuesday night.  Phew!--but well in time for Thursday's back-to-school event.  Now all I have to do is meet up with DD and, hopefully, snap a few pix of her in the dress.
This is the 4th time I’ve made this dress and I absolutely love it.  It is stylish and comfortable, plus I don’t think it looks Becky home-ecky.   I plan to make several more versions (why not?) and would love to find a good leopard or cheetah print for it too.
Up next?  Another Simplicity 2444 for DD, this time in a lightweight denim.  It’s ready to go—I just need to hem it and tack down the facings.
How about you?  Do you wear wrap dresses or mock-wrap dresses? 
Until next time...Happy sewing! ~ Peggy

12 comments:

  1. I just found your blog, and I gotta say, love that dress! DD is a lucky lady. Hopefully she will recover soon also!

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    1. Hi Cherie ~ Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words! ~ Peggy

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  2. Wow, this is really pretty! I've got to try this pattern. Is it hard?

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    1. Thank you so much! No, it's not a hard pattern as long as you are comfortable sewing knits. It comes together pretty easily, and I love that it gives the look of a wrap dress without the potential wardrobe malfuntion!

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  3. Great dress, Peggy, love the print. Lucky daughter!

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  4. Very nice! I'll bet you DD is sooo appreciative of you!

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    1. Thank you, Belinda! Yes, she does appreciate the custom-made clothing--she's a good kid (I might be biased!).

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  5. Very, very pretty and so stylish! You remind me that I need to pull out my wrap dress pattern and make it again!

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  6. This is so very pretty! I can see the DVF inspiration for sure! Actually, I like yours better! (sorry DVF!)

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    1. Thanks, Myra! And this one's a heck of a lot cheaper than the DVF!!

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