And I’m Back…….MCCalls M6520 Part I

I won’t bore you with details of my work life.  Just know if I’m gone for a minute or two, work has infringed on my sewing time.  However, I did manage to squeeze out a skirt.  I also managed to purchase some fabric, notions and books.   But I’ll talk more about that later.

Well in my last post, the plan was to show the fabrics that I purchased in New York.  Since that seem like ages ago, I decided I will show them as I sew them.

Now, I love shirt dresses especially in a knit. So when I saw McMcalls M6520, I was excited. I’ve been looking for a print that would take me into the fall and I found just the print. I was in my local JoAnn’s stocking up on some notions (50%) and came across this rayon jersey print. This was perfect. A little lightweight, but my thought was underline it.

So my quest for underlining begin. I looked at tricot and swimwear lining and I didn’t like the feel and weight of either. I happened to be bumming around on emmasone sock and saw a category for stretch linings. Boom!! There it was, jersey lining.  A 4-way stretch jersey micro knit with a silky hand.  I immediately ordered my introductory 3yds in cream.   It was as the British would say ” spot on “. I’m planning to stock up in the basic colors.


Here is what my dress looks like so far. I’m on vacation this week and I’m spending it sewing. Stay tune for more details and the finished dress.


Until next time………keep sewing!!!!

Maxi Dress Power

It has been crazy since I returned from New York.  I came home and the weeds in my flower beds were waving at me.  Actually they were waving before I left, I just ignored them.  Needless to say, I had to address my flower beds when I got home.  So, I have been de-weeding, planting, mulching, deck cleaning, etc.  Therefore, I am behind on my blogging and my blog reading. HUMPH!!!!!

So, I thought I would work backwards since I finished two maxi dresses this past weekend.  Then I will post on Pattern Review New York, which by the way I had a wonderful time.

I just love maxi dresses, especially to lounge in on a Sunday afternoon. I know in the blogging community everyone has used the Mission Maxi and now McCall’s M6559. But I decided to start from a racer back top pattern.  I wanted more flexibility to create different lengths and types.  For example, straight or A-line.  Plus with those patterns I would have had to add width to the hip area and shorten the length quite a bit. I just wasn’t in the mood.

The pattern I used is Jalie’s 2565 tank and tube top pattern.  I like this pattern because it has a healthy range of sizes.  I traced the racer back top pattern to fit my dimensions and extended the top length 29 inches. The sizes I used was a BB in for the neck, shoulder and armhole.  I graded to a FF for the hips.  I wanted my dress to be a little close fitting so I extended the length straight down. For both dresses I used a rayon knit.  The black/charcoal stripe is from Metro Textiles (NY purchase) and the print is from Joann’s.  Every once in awhile I will find a nice piece at my local Joann’s.



Who says I don’t wear enough color
Stripes Matched Yea!!





Here is a back view. Buster is completely worn out.  Overall, I am happy with the way my dresses turned out.  I’m planning to make a couple more.  I have some ideas with other top patterns in my collection. I really like the idea of taking a top pattern and converting it to a maxi.

Next up is a blog on my weekend in New York.  I need to round up the pictures.  What’s next on the project list? Actually I’m in a quandary. Deciding on the infamous white blouse or one of my many dress patterns.  We’ll see.

Until next time…….keep sewing!!!!!!