Tuesday, June 5, 2012

McCall's M6073



I am determined to master knit jersey.  I am almost there with this dress, McCall's M6073.  I made a muslin for this dress (not pictured yet) and was so pleased that instead ending up a nightgown it will also be a dress to wear.  M6073 is written for a sewing machine to use in construction, but I was using my serger and cover-stitch machine.  So, that V-neck binding in the back was impossible to sew on with a serger.  On this dress, I used a lining for the front and back to make the stitching easier on my coverstitch machine using a single needle.  The muslin helped me decide to take out an inch at the shoulder, it was causing gaps in the front.  I used clear elastic on the shoulders and in the skirt seam, leaving off McCall's elastic casing in the waist.  The fabric for this dress is a poly jersey from Helen Enox in Oklahoma City.  (I shop on my vacations.)


I am super pleased with the dress.  My teenage son gave me a compliment about how great it looked.  I must be doing something right!

I spent the end of last week sewing up a storm.  Our house got a little water in it from a storm in early May.  This is a picture of my kitchen with a section of the wood floor gone.  


This is my sewing room, completely packed and moved to get new floors this week.  I have spent my time catching up on other projects and smocking.


When the dust settles, I will post my new kitchen.  (And there is A LOT of dust.)

9 comments:

  1. That fabric is gorgeous! And a perfect choice for the dress.

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  2. Truly a mesmerizing dress! Very nice merge of fabric and style.

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  3. Great dress - perfect fabric and placement of pattern.

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  4. that dress does look great on you! I wish I could wear a raised waistline, but it just looks horrible on me. Happy dress!

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  5. Wow! It looks fabulous! I want to find time this summer to learn to sew for myself. You're such an inspiration!!
    -Jenny Jo

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  6. I think this is my favorite of all the things you've sewn for yourself. The fabric is fabulous and you got the fit just right. Very nice job!

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  7. How do you use clear elastic when serging? I have tried and don't get all of it under the threads and end up with a scratchy edge to it. :( Love the fabric and the dress.

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    1. Make sure it is 1/4" clear elastic. The stuff at Joann's is usually not that size, but larger. I normally lay it on top of the fabric to serge and then slowly feed it though. Some places recommend placing it at the bottom, on the feed dogs. My experience is what I can't see, gets all messed up. My serger foot has a slot on it to feed elastic or ribbon. I don't use it, except as a guide for my manual feed. Hope that helps you.

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    2. Well, that makes since! I didn't know it came in 1/4". I used mine on a dress for my girls and had an exposed edge and then had to carefully try to cut that off. Thanks!

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