Happy Fourth of July! We'll be spending the end of this long weekend eating and going to see our local amazing fireworks display - Thunder on the Mountain tonight. But for right now, let me share with you my latest pattern hack.
Our weather is exceptionally hot now. So I've been searching out simple cut looks for summer. I want to be cool and comfortable, but I still want to feel "dressed". While I was flipping through the McCall's catalog in Joann's, I came across this pattern. I completely overlooked it when it was initially released. I guess I was thrown off by the "learn to sew for fun" label. I tend to go for the more advanced patterns with a level of difficulty.
While searching for fabric deals at Hancock's going out of business sale, I ran across this fabulous printed ITY jersey and I grabbed what was left on the bolt. McCall's 7405 was perfect because of the lack of seams. Let's talk about the simple changes I made to the size medium I cut to make this pattern a little more special...
I cut the back on the fold and elimated the center back seam. I didn't want the seam to take away from the pattern in the fabric. And why spend time matching the print across the back when it was completely unnecessary and didn't lend or take away from the design or construction of the dress.
I also added an exaggerated keyhole. I really wanted that part to stand out.
I stabilized the armholes. For a design like this, you want it to lay close to the body without any gaping or stretching.
See how that looks!
The curved hem was what sold me on this pattern.
I stabilized my hem and sewed it very narrowly. So I didn't have to do a lot of easing.
I steam pressed it really well and I didn't have any waving as you see in a lot of knit hems.
I finished the dress with a chain closure instead of a necktie.
I bought the chain and the gold tassel from Michael's and I had a lobster closure in my stash.
Style tip: The chain is such an ornate detail that I only needed hoop earrings, some bangles and gold strappy sandal.