Summer Frock Time

I’m on a bit of a roll now, I’ve just finished another dress, this time it’s a pretty summer cotton frock. I do like my summer dresses.

I used McCall’s 6958 which is labelled as ‘easy, make it today!’ I have to say, if I concentrated and didn’t get distracted by the internet, then yes, it could be made in a day.

Summer dress

It’s a deceptively simple dress, there are only two main pieces, the front and the back (plus obviously a couple of facings) all the shaping is done by the four pleats front and back. The fabric is some I’ve had in my stash for a while, I think I picked it up on Goldhawk Road. It’s only 45″ wide which is sufficient, but if you want to pattern match and lengthen the dress by 4″…well I couldn’t do both! I decided to lengthen by 4″ and just aim to have the pattern level round the dress. The pattern has come out surprising well at the front, not perfectly central but it could have been a lot worse!

Summer dress

It went together very easily, I used french seams for all the main seams, the facing is deep enough that (so far) it doesn’t seem to wiggle out to the front. I hand-stitched the zip in, which is my usual method as I find it easier to get a neat result by hand.

Summer dress

I cut out a straight size 12, it fits me neatly, I could have done with a little more ease but not much. Despit adding about 4″ I didn’t want to lose any more length with a deep hem so I used a decorative stitch to make a narrow hem.

Summer dress

I like it, my OH likes it, in fact I’ve already cut another one out in a Liberty Tana lawn – with a little more ease at the sides!

Here’s an arty-farty shot my OH decided to take!

Summer dress

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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22 Responses to Summer Frock Time

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely frock, Margaret!
    (The last photo is a good ‘un!)

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  2. This is a great flattering pattern and the fabric …. perfect!

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  3. claire93 says:

    very pretty dress!

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  4. One thing about making your own clothes you can make them fit perfectly, to the length you want and the fabric you want. It and you look great.

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  5. Laura says:

    I like this dress pattern…suits you nicely, Margaret! Love that last photograph! πŸ™‚

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  6. Avril Baxter says:

    It looks good and from what you write quite easy to do. It’s a long time since I did any dressmaking myself.

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  7. anne54 says:

    I enjoy looking at the garments you make. This one will be a great addition to your wardrobe ~ very pretty and looks like it would be easy to wear.

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    That is a great pattern for you and the print suits you so well. Nice photos, Mr. Crafty Creek!

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  9. Jane M says:

    Lovely summery dress

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  10. katechiconi says:

    It’s more flattering than the illustration on the envelope would suggest. I hate the way they use stick-thin models and then expect you to visualise it on your size *ahem* body. It looks comfortable, too, so I bet you’ll get lots of wear out of it.

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