Finished: Navy Knit Dress – McCall’s 6319

March 31, 2012

 

Pattern: McCall’s 6319 – Misses Lined Knit Dresses

Mods:

  • lengthened the bodice pieces by 3″
  • lengthened the bodice lining pieces by 2″
  • made view c without the asymmetry
  • size 10 without an fba – in fact, I had to take in a bit at the underarms.
  • raw hem

Fabric: textured cotton jersey from Nuttall’s

I love knit dresses. I love knits in general, but wearing a knit dress is like getting away with wearing pajamas all day and it looks so put together. This pattern was easy to make with straightforward instructions and very few pieces. I’m SO glad that I checked a few blogs (like Erica’s) for a pattern review otherwise I wouldn’t have known to lengthen the bodice pieces (I didn’t lengthen the skirt). This is one of the very, very few times I didn’t make a muslin. I’m 5’9″ for reference and the elastic hits right at my natural waist. Next time I’ll try to omit the lining and see if I can eke a dress out of just one yard.

Obviously it’s feast or famine here, folks! I’ve been sewing a lot, but not finishing things. Then my mom stopped by. She was appalled (horrified?) by my piles of unfinished projects. I think she seriously regretted asking what I had been making. “Look mom! This is the back left piece of a dress. I’m not sure where the rest is. WAY cute, right??” As soon as she left, I dug in.

Next-up: Renfrew top, Darling Ranges muslin, boxy tops and possibly some knitting.

4 comments

  • LG

    Hi! I love your version of McCalls 6319 (and can totally relate to the piles of unfinished projects!).

    Question – Any tips on adding the elastic? I don’t totally understand the instructions for that step. Is the casing meant to be out of the raw edges of the skirt and bodice? Or just the bodice/lining raw edges? And once the elastic is in the casing, do you tack the casing down somehow?

    Any advice/clarification would be much appreciated!!

    Thanks!
    LG

    • stephanie

      Hi! Yes, the casing is made from the raw edges of the skirt and bodice – lining included! Does that make sense? I can email you close-ups.

      So just sew the skirt to the bodice, then press the seam allowance up and stitch around (1/2″? I don’t remember what the instructions say) leaving a small opening to put the elastic in. I use a safety pin to thread elastic through. Once the elastic is secure, sew the small opening shut.

      Let me know if you want pictures! I think it’s such a great pattern. I’m going to make it again for sure.

  • sallie

    Ah! How did I miss this one? I love it!! Knit dresses are seriously the best thing ever. I would wear the death out of this one – also, love the little kitty peeking in to say hello (or sniff the shoes).

  • Kat

    This looks lovely! And thank you for the tips about bodice length – I’ll be sure to check this before cutting it out.

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