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


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


This photo is my favorite:


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.


Pleased with the cap sleeves.


Pleased with the exactness of the darts.


Pleased with the hook and eye atop the zipper.


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


By far, my best dress to date!

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


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


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


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

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


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.


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.


Last night, I decided to give it another try.

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


Formed the neckline into a V.


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.


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


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


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


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.

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

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


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.



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.


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


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!


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:

Very Easy Vogue V8631 – Most likely in navy.

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

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.


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


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


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