Review: McCall's 6988 | The Capri-Blue Neoprene Mesh Dress!

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When I saw this fabric, it immediately caught my attention.  This is Capri Blue Nylon-Silk Neoprene I wasn't sure about it, so I swatched!  If there is every a "questionable" fabric that you aren't familiar with -- swatch first!  And I'm so glad I did.   
I don't think the picture accurately details this fabric. It's a textured honeycomb patterned, capri blue neoprene material is layered on top of a pastel blue knit, combining to make a thick, three-dimensional material with a nice one directional stretch. And the fabric content is 79% nylon, 21% silk. It's absolutely amazing.
The fabric is from designer Thakoon Resort '13 Collection.
The fabric sewed well.  However, I do feel that the steam from my iron caused the fabric to grow.  I had to take the dress in a little.  And it also felt a little looser as I wore it, while getting in and out of my car, and sitting for a period of time.  I'm hoping that washing and drying will adjust it back.
With this type of fabric, I thought a metal exposed zipper would be best.  There's a lot of mesh going on here for a zipper to get caught in.  And I wanted my fabric away from the teeth.  I used interfacing at the zipper insertion area.
My pattern is McCall's 6988, view A.  I cut the size 14 and lengthened by 3 inches. With the thickness of the fabric, I choose to not use the facings.  Nor did I add any interacing to any areas other than the zipper.  For the neckline and the armholes, I just folded the fabric back and hemmed it.  
The seams didn't require any type of finishing.  And I was able to just leave the hemline raw.  
I wore this dress on Monday to a fashion event at Belk.  It was for their Fall 2014 preview.  I'll tell you more about that later!  When I attend events such as this, even though it's "fashion-forward", I sill consider it to be a professional setting.  So this dress fit the bill and I received so many compliments on it!  And I'll probably be using this pattern again!

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37 comments

  1. I love this fabric. Erica, you look simply lovely in this dress.

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  2. Very pretty and it looks great styled with the pink shoes and bag.

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  3. I've been waiting to see how you would style this since I saw it on Instagram. I love the color combo. And all that sweating you've been doing at the gym is paying off. YOU LOOK AMAZING!

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    1. Thanks M. Inez! I can't see it yet, but my clothes most definitely fit differently!

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  4. Wonderful fabric choice for a very pretty dress!

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  5. Very pretty dress!!!

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  6. Love the color-love the dress. I am not familiar with that fabric but I have been seeing a lot of sewists using it this summer. It's beautiful.

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  7. It's a fun fabric to work with! Thanks Robin!

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  8. Very flattering and fantastic color!

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    1. Thanks Remembering..OZ!

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  9. The pattern pictures- meh... YOU in it?! - EVERYTHING. this pattern is def going on my list now!

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  10. This is gorgeous on you Erica!

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  11. That looks fabulous on you. Perfect fit, perfect style, perfect color, perfect look!

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  12. I love everything about this dress! The color is gorgeous and the textured neoprene is unique and beautiful. The pattern is also great - I wish a silhouette like that would work on me! Will Mood tell you where a fabric is from if you ask, or were you just in the know from following the fashion world? I always want to see what the original designer used some of those closeout fabrics for!

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  13. Great looking dress. I eyed that fabric but left it behind. It turned out great for your dress!

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    1. Linda, had I not swatched first I would've done the same thing! Thanks!

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  14. Some fabrics have the designer listed. Sometimes I'll recognize it and sometimes others will. Thanks Gina!

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  15. Wow! What a cool fabric and the pattern really lets it shine!

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, this fabric is amazing if I do say so myself! Thanks DressUpNotDown!

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  16. Love it and you wear it well

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  17. Lovely dress. Perfectly styled.

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  18. What a fabulous dress! Neoprene seems to be a popular fabric right now. What you did with it is absolutely stunning!

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  19. Love it! Did you line the dress? How see through is the mesh?

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    1. No I didn't need to. Here is the description of the fabric that I listed in my review: It's a textured honeycomb patterned, capri blue neoprene material is layered on top of a pastel blue knit, combining to make a thick, three-dimensional material with a nice one directional stretch. And the fabric content is 79% nylon, 21% silk. It's absolutely amazing.

      Thanks Jane!

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  20. Very pretty and look great thanks.
    https://www.fabricsgarden.com/african-kente-fabric-products

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