Back in April, I
copied was inspired to make a dress that I’d seen on Trine’s (Groovy Mama and Baby) instagram feed, and I’ve been at it again, this time will McCall’s 5975.This was made a little trickier by the fact that the pattern is out of print, but I waited patiently for one to come up on eBay and managed to temporarily overcoming my dread of auction purchases. The aim was to end up with some fitted (but not tight body con style) dresses that would be comfortable and smart enough for work (and other daily life) purposes.
Using previous experience of McCall’s patterns I made the size smaller than my measurements would suggest and the fit was still relaxed enough.
For my first version I used striped stretch sweatshirting in a colourway called ginger from Nosh organics. Pattern matching the stripes at the side seams was fairly straightforward but getting a good spacing at the waist seam required a bit of extra thought. The invisible zip down the back (which turned out to be unnecessary as the sweatshirting has so much stretch!) also provide a bit more challenge. After sewing one side of the zip in I marked the position of the stripes on the other side of the zip with washable pen before sewing. Although the pattern makes no mention of it a strip of fusible interfacing along the edges of the fabric where the zip was to be placed was also a must.The sweatshirting is a lovely weight and feel but does have a tendency to curl so I blind-stitched the neck facing into place to keep it in position.For my second version I used denim (look) sweatshirting also from Nosh. It has slightly less stretch than the stretch sweatshirting and feels more stable and hardwearing. (I have plans to make my daughters a number of pairs of leggings with the leftover fabric.) Because of the difference in the fabric this version feels slightly closer fitting and definitely benefitted from having the zip at the back.As I’ll most likely wear this version over tights or leggings I made the hem an inch or two shorter than my previous version.
Testament to how useful this dress will prove is that I wore it immediately and didn’t take photographs until after I’d put it through the wash. As my ironing skills are distinctly sub-par it remains a little crinkled…
*This post is a collaboration with Nosh Organics.