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I was not the only one pleased with my linen dress. Here is one happy friend:

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I love the fit, the accessories, and the smile.

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This photo is my favorite:

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I love that something I sewed can look so good!

I am pleased with my finished McCall’s M6534 dress!

Pleased with the elasticized neckline.

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Pleased with the cap sleeves.

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Pleased with the exactness of the darts.

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Pleased with the hook and eye atop the zipper.

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And pleased to be sending the finished dress to a good friend in Richmond, as it was a little snug for me.

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By far, my best dress to date!

After a modified attempt, I am following McCall’s M6534 to a T.

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This time around, I have a better understanding of the pattern and was excited to see the little sleeves take shape.

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All that’s left to do is sew in the zipper and hem the dress.

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Hopefully I will have it finished in time for church on Sunday!

Here is my novice attempt at modifying McCall’s M6534 pattern:

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To make this one-strap dress, I cut the two skirt and two bodice pattern pieces. I darted the pieces as instructed, then attached the bodice upside-down to the skirt, omitting the zipper since using a jersey knit fabric. With the bodice upside-down, the dress had two “straps”. I cut off one of the straps, finishing the dress with a scooping one-strap neckline.

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While not perfect, I am happy with my modifications and love the paint splattered fabric!

I hope to attempt this pattern again, correctly, in a linen-like fabric.

Back in November, I began working on Simplicity New Look pattern 6968C.

I left it unfinished because it turned out big and boxy, especially in the bodice.

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Last night, I decided to give it another try.

I shortened the shoulder seam by 2 inches, bringing the back higher.

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Formed the neckline into a V.

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Shortened the hemline about 6 inches. At first I did 8 inches, which turned out to be way too short! Thankfully I had left over fabric to add a 2 inch band.

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Finally, I sewed an old paisley silk belt from J.Crew to the waistline. The blue and green accents the (unseen) blue lining well.

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While the dress is still a little big, it is comfortable and great for work.

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Yesterday was a perfect first pool day of the summer. Here, amidst the drying towels, is my polka dotted pool cover up:

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I used left over fabric from my Very Easy Vogue V8631dress (still in progress), for this simple dress.

Happy sunning and swimming!

Maybe it is because I used an un-suggested fabric. Maybe it is because I wanted to make the dress have one strap, instead of two sleeves. Or maybe it is because I was sewing Saturday morning without eating breakfast. Whatever the case, I am confused by McCall’s pattern M6534.

To start with I had the hardest time matching up the sleeves.

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Maybe the pattern was misprinted, but these notches did not match up!

Same with the notches on the front and back skirt pieces.

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Like I said, I wanted the dress to have one strap, not two sleeves. If I was sewing the sleeves, maybe I would have noticed that I had sewed the bodice upside down!

See, the bodice and skirt match up nicely, when the pattern pieces are the right way.

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Look at that grain line arrow pointing down, what was I thinking?! I am such a novice!

A novice with a one strap dress that actually turned out well, even though the bodice was sewn on upside down!

I’ll share the finished product soon.

Last night I began working on the bodice for my Vogue 8631 dress. Instead of navy, I selected this orange dot fabric.

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I practiced real sewing techniques, like basting pleats and using bias tape.

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All was going well until I got to this step, trim seam allowance to a scant 1/4″. It was then I realizes that in the previous step, trim away armhole raw edge 1/2″ from basting, I had in error trimmed 1/2″ from the raw edge. When it came time to turn bias tape to inside along seam, there was hardly any seam left!

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I am too frustrated to fix it, so, for even sleeves, I will have to mess up the other sleeve in the same manner. Good thing the rest of the dress will be trimmed in bias tape, giving me a chance to get it right!

After doing a little bit of “free sewing”, my next projects will be based on the following patterns:

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Very Easy Vogue V8631 – Most likely in navy.

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McCall’s M6533 – Who doesn’t want a romper for summer lounging?!

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McCall’s M6534 – Most likely in linen.

Prints have never been my thing. I love solids and will wear polka dots and plaids. But prints make me nervous!

I debated branching out with this neon print dress for Easter.

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This dress is based off the same H&M dress as my polka dot dress. This time attempting a cowl neckline.

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The dress turned out well, but I felt too out of place in it.

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Instead, I wore a safe, store bought, navy blue dress.