Sunday, September 23, 2012

NSM Challenge Week 3: McCall's 6163

Hello peeps!  Finished up my third week garment for my NSM challenge.  Can't believe I have only one more week to go. September has flown by but anymore all months seem to fly by.  I made McCall's 6163, a mock wrap dress with 3/4 length sleeves.  I've had this pattern in my stash for a while.  I found this fun stretch knit on the clearance rack at Joann's.  



This was one of the easiest patterns I've made so far.  I cut a size 10 and I did not make a muslin since I'm pretty familiar with my sizing in McCall's and luckily I had to make no alterations.  The left side seam (my left) is gathered to make it look like a wrap dress.  I omitted making the tie belt as I just don't care for self made belts in patterns and it looks good with out it.  The sleeves are gathered at the ends using elastic, a new technique for me and it was really easy to do.  Another first was the collar.  I had to read the instructions a couple of times but I finally figured it out.  The inside of the collar is attached using a slipstitch.  I watched a YouTube video for that.  I love YouTube! 






This is the first dress I've had with a CB seam.  It makes for a really nice fit.  I usually have to make alterations to fix gaping and excess fabric near the neck but didn't have that problem here.  I guess I can thank the CB seam for that.  The seams are all double stitched as per the directions and finished with a zig zag.  I thought the length was perfect so I just did a small 5/8 in. hem.  The only thing I thought was weird about this pattern is that it called for a zipper.  This wouldn't be so weird if it wasn't for the fact that this pattern was for stretch knits only.  My fabric was stretchy enough that I can easily get it off and on, no zipper needed.  I omitted the zipper.



The background in my pics is courtesy of my parent's house.  I think I've found new photographer's as my mom had lots of fun taking the pictures and my dad was in charge of the background and props.  We had fun taking them and I'm firing my husband as photographer. (Trust me, he won't mind)

The following pictures are just some fun ones we took.  Dad insisted we get his favorite spot in there, behind his grill, the Big Green Egg...


me and my imaginary spatula

Jeep.Jeep

And because I had my ass kicking boots on, had to get one on the motorcycle..

That horse up above my head is what I rode as a kid.


Mom wanted to show the versatility of this dress,  it's also work appropriate...

I wish I had a bed next to my desk at work

My final pattern for this challenge will be one of Colette's new fall patterns, Juniper.  My first attempt at pants too!!  Anyone else get Colette's new patterns yet or have already made them?  I wanna see!!  I went ahead and bought Anise as well and I am contemplating on whether or not to join the sew along Colette is having.  Anyone in on this sew along??

Hope you all have a great week!! Until next time...

13 comments:

  1. Love the dress. I'm foregoing the Juniper pattern in favor of Anise right now. I'm planning to do the jacket sew-along and actually bought my fabric before I bought the pattern because I'm that excited about it.

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    1. I really want to do the Anise sew along too! Right now I'm starting on the pants and I'm doing the Peony with Sew Colette, so we'll see. Colette overload!!

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  2. WAY CUTE! I'm also hoping to attempt the Junipers for fall. I don't know if I've ever sewn pants either! We'll see how they turn out.

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    1. Thanks!! Oh I'm sure your pants will be lovely!!

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  3. Very cute dress and you're rocking it, girl! Great fabric choice. And your mom is right, it's also work appropriate. :)

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    1. Thanks!! Mom got the work and play side of it. lol!

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  4. Love this dress! You look so cute in it! I think I'm going to try to sew along and make an Anise jacket, we'll see if it actually happens though!

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  5. This dress is awesome. I will have to try it. I have been a bit scared to try knit fabric in a wrap dress!

    Even better though is your photo shoot! How enthusiastic and creative are your parents! Definitely better than the "do I have to?" photographer. I gave up and got a tripod and a remote (although the remote doesn't work so I need to take it back!)

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    1. LOL! Yes I always get the groan and a grunt when I ask. I wish I could get a remote for my camera. Running back and forth to turn the self timer on gets kind of tiring.

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  6. Hee hee, that's so cute and nice of your parents to help you out. Looks like a great dress and such a nice fit! Yay, well done!

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  7. It looks great on you! I just stitched up my first McCalls knit pattern tonight, and I'm really impressed too! I like thier range of knit designs... Easy and stylish!

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