"" the girl who makes things: July 2014

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mccalls 6696 - a wearable toile

Bonjour mes amis! I hope the weather is just as glorious wherever you are as it is here. It's three days until The Wedding and I've almost finished the last bridesmaids dress, I just need to hand stitch the lining to the zip and then I'm done. Big smile. I've even had enough time to squeeze in some selfish sewing too:

It's a bit too finished to be a proper toile (ie I overlocked the edges) but it's a still a toile for three reasons: 1) the fabric is a cheap poly cotton which I bought from Leeds Market for £1.50 per metre for toile making purposes. 2) I sewed a straight size 10 from the envelope with no alterations. 3) I wasn't exactly a perfectionist about any of the finishings. I used black thread although the fabric is navy and some of the top-stitching is atrocious. But I don't care because it's a toile.

The only alteration I did make was to gather the skirt instead of pleat it (mainly for time saving reasons, but also because I wanted to see how it'd look - and I kinda like it!). Fitting wise it's ok. The pattern allows you to choose your bra cup size which means you don't have to worry about FBAs or SBAs. I particularly love this feature as I nearly always need to do a SBA and I never feel fully confident about it. I wish all patterns would allow you to choose the cup size (hint to indie patterns!). I don't like clothes to be tight but I think this dress is a little on the loose side. I may need to go down a size, although the fit on the shoulders is good. Any advice would be much appreciated.

 I have big visions for this dress. I've done enough burrito bodices and invisible zip insertions to put them in a draw labelled 'mastered'. My next challenge is to master the button-up collar. I've been really inspired by the number of shirts and shirt dresses out there in the bloggesphere. I was particularly impressed by this tutorial from Four Square Walls about how to sew the perfect collar - I wish I'd followed it. I want to make a couple of proper versions of Mccalls 6696 and really hone that collar.

I'm thinking of making one for summer in fresh white cotton which I'd then dip dye in blue. Rather like this:

Mink Pink Great White Shirt Dress

And another version in forest green for Autumn/Winter, possibly with a straight skirt? I've also been crushing on the Alda shirt dress by Grainline Studio and very tempted to download the pdf pattern.

I really enjoyed making this toile and it didn't take too long either. There's something so satisfying about piecing together a slightly more complicated garment - like working out a puzzle.