Well I did say I was on a bit of a roll! I’ve just finished another summer dress using McCall’s 6958. I cut this one out as soon as I finished the first one…
This time I used a length of Liberty tana lawn which I bought during my last trip to London – they had a big sale on, I seem to remember a 3m length cost about £30. This one is a wonderful mix of pinks, purples, blues, greens… it sort of reminds me of impressionist paintings, I love it!
I used french seams throughout again, I did add a quarter inch to the side seams as the first one was just a touch snug and as this fabric is a lot lighter I felt it needed a bit more ease. I also added quarter of an inch to the shoulder seams, as a way of lowering the bust / waist a little, on the first one I stitched a narrow seam instead. The only other change I made was to cut the skirt 6″ longer than the pattern which allowed me to stitch a more generous 2″ hem. The fabric was also 54″ wide which gave me the width for the extra length, allowing for the wider A-line skirt.
It’s been a bit of an interesting afternoon listening to the Ashes cricket match, it’s being held just up the road in Headingley. I’m not particularly into sport, but this one was pretty exciting! I’m Yorkshire through and through whereas my OH is Australian, I kept my cool sitting with some hand-sewing, stitching the facings down and then a bit of cross-stitch! As an aside, my aunt and uncle used to live on Kirkstall road and until the new stand was built they could watch the cricket from their attic window! I persuaded my OH to take some photos before he went for a walk to de-stress – he was well chuffed how many people liked his last arty-farty shot, so he did another one!
I really like this pattern, the dresses are comfortable and easy to wear, I think it’s also surprisingly flattering, all the pleats at the front could have made it bulky but it doesn’t. I think I’ll be using this pattern again, though maybe not this summer!