Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review McCalls 6886: The sequined LBD.



I don't know why I waited so long to use this pattern!! It has great reviews on PR but I didn't think of trying it until I had the Christmas party last December to go to. Not only did I procrastinate but I couldn't make up my mind on what to sew. So, I sewed both my metallic gold knit dress and this little number on the day of the party. Talk about sewing under stress!
I finished this black one first. I cut both dresses the night before and went to bed early knowing that it would be better for me to wake up early and refreshed to sew, rather than staying up late and taking the risk to make a mistake. I've learned my lesson from past debacles!




I started sewing this black dress around 7:00 and by 9:00, it was done and lined. When I tried it on and hubby gave me the thumbs up. My kids liked it too but thought it was a bit too dark which led me to get back to the sewing table in order to finish the gold wrap dress ignoring hubby who was rolling his eyes in desperation.
By 4:00, I had finished the gold dress. It definitely got the preference over the black one from everyone at home and a few friends I had texted the pictures to.



Back to the black dress. It was such an easy dress to sew up. 3 pattern pieces if you choose the sleeve version. I did break a few needles in the process because of the tiny sequins but all in all it was a quick sew with the serger.



The pattern is the McCalls 6886. I made the view B with the scoop neck from the view C. I cut the size 12 and had to take it in a little.




The fabric, a sequined wave cotton knit came from my stash. I think I got it on Etsy about a year ago. The sequins are sewn on with nylon thread on top and cotton thread underneath but to avoid any sort of scratchiness, lined it using a black lining knit fabric also from my stash. I only lined the front and back and not the sleeves. So far, the sleeves are not scratchy.







Originally, I made it in a maxi length but last week I decided to shorten it. I figured it would be much easier to wear it more often if it's shorter then longer.
I chose not to hem it. I could have but I thought it would be interesting since it's a knit and won't ravel to just trim it along the wavy sequin pattern. I hemmed the lining with my coverstitch.
I really like this dress and will be making more in the future.



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8 comments:

  1. What a great dress to show off a unique fabric. 2 hours to a lined dress-well done!

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    1. Thanks emadethis! I know right!!!! It was so easy I couldn't believe it! That's why I want to make more out of this pattern.

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  2. Wowzers! That is one awesome dress - love the style and the fabric looks super-stylish on you x Nice work lady x

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    1. Thanks Caroline! I need to start working on some basic wardrobe staples instead of dresses all the time!

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  3. Glad to have found your blog! I really like the black dress. I have a similar pattern and this simple style can look so different in so many different fabrics. It's a great wardrobe

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Glad you found me too😉! I can't wait to try it in a floral print soon!

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  4. Great job on the dress. I really like your choice in not hemming but rather cutting it along the curves of the fabric. Looks awesome on you😉!

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  5. Thanks Kranikel! I saved myself a headache by choosing to leave the hem raw!

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